Coconut oil therapy for a beautiful you

Coconut oil is nature’s gift to humankind. Its therapeutic benefits are so diverse, it is a mystery why Indians, who have easy access to it (considering the coconut tree is widespread all over South India), do not use it more liberally.

The health benefits of coconut oil can be largely attributed to medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids) that are an amazing source of energy. The fatty acids in coconut oil go directly to the liver and are burned as instant fuel. Besides, it has many beneficial effects on your skin and hair. Beauticians have long hailed it as an all-purpose skin care ingredient that works wonders on your face, hair, nails and lips.

Here are some reasons why you should use coconut oil liberally all over your body.

1) Excellent skin moisturizer

Coconut oil is known for its skin-penetrating properties, making it one of the best natural moisturizers. In fact, it might be the only skin care product you will ever need. Seeping easily into skin pores, it moisturizes your skin deeply and thoroughly, without leaving any residue. You need only a small amount of the oil as it spreads very well.

If you have dry skin, apply coconut oil to your face after washing and drying it lightly. Take half a teaspoon of coconut oil on your palm, and apply it on the face, gently massaging it in. Wait for 15-20 minutes and then wipe away any excess oil with a soft cotton towel. You will notice the improvement in your skin within days.

Even if you have oily skin, coconut oil is going to be beneficial. Remember, overproduction of sebum is, very often, the result of inadequate skin hydration. Your body is attempting to prevent further dehydration. Apply warm coconut oil liberally on your face and neck after washing with a mild soap. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and dry with a soft towel. You may experience an initial flare up of acne, but your skin will soon get used to the oil, leaving your face looking healthier.

2) Natural make-up remover

You know how essential it is to remove all traces of make-up before you go to bed. But the process of removing it might traumatize the soft skin on the face, especially the sensitive area around the eyes, particularly if you are wearing long-lasting make-up. All you need to do is turn to coconut oil. It is an excellent grease cutter, and is believed to be even better than commercial anti-grease products. In fact, you are very likely to come across a coconut-derived detergent agent, sodium lauryl sulfate, on the labels of cleaning products. At the same time, you will come across this same ingredient in baby wash products. The point is it is effective, yet mild.

To use it as a make-up remover, apply coconut oil all over the face with a cotton ball and leave it on for five minutes.  Wash off with warm water and mild soap. Your make-up will be gone.

You can also remove waterproof mascara with coconut oil. Close your eyes tightly and place cotton pads dipped in coconut oil over them. Within a few minutes, the oil will dissolve your waterproof mascara and eyeliner. All you have to do is gently wipe your eyes. The best part is that even if the oil gets into your eyes, it is perfectly safe. Yes, it might sting a bit, but it will not harm you in any way. In fact, coconut oil is used in many herbal preparations for eye diseases.

3) Deep cleanser

Coconut oil is a gentle, yet thorough cleanser. Softening the keratin caps, it makes exfoliation much easier. Since the oil is light, it spreads easily, penetrating into hair follicles and dissolving the hardened sebum.

If you have dry or normal skin, mix two tablespoons of almond flour with enough coconut oil and milk to make a thick paste. Apply it on the face and gently massage it in. Dip a towel in hot water and place it on the face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water to clean out the pores. Then splash your face with ice cold water to close the pores. After drying your face, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to lock the moisture in.

If you have oily skin, use a paste of rice flour, or oatmeal, and coconut oil to exfoliate the skin. You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mix. Use a moist, hot towel to cover your face for 15-20 minutes. This will open up your skin pores and help get rid of the accumulated dirt that has already been softened by the oil. Wash off with mild soap and warm water.

4) Antibacterial shield

Coconut oil is packed with antibacterial properties. Applying coconut oil can reduce the risk of bacterial infections. The lauric acid in the coconut oil acts as a natural antibacterial agent. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid that constitutes 85 per cent of coconut oil. Incidentally, the only other natural substance high in lauric acid is breast milk.

These are just some of the benefits of coconut oil. And now that you know what a miracle product it is, go and use it in multiple ways for a healthy body, inside and outside.

 

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