Why your skin and hair LOVE Coconut Oil

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coconut oilHello Mamas,

Today really I want to talk about Coconut oil, because I really love this stuff (and my skin and hair love it too.)

I have lived in the California desert for about 5 years now, and believe me the weather is wonderful in winter, spring and fall, but in summer time it can get pretty darn hot here. Sometimes up to 120 degrees! And it’s a dry heat so you can imagine what this heat has done to my skin and hair. About 3 months ago I came across an article written by Dr. Mercola about the benefits of Coconut Oil in the diet, and how it actually helps people lose weight. Well, I started researching more about this wondrous oil and I found tons of great information. Entire books have been devoted to discussing the health, beauty and healing properties of this beautiful oil, such as The Coconut Oil Miracleby Bruce Fife.

It turns out that this great smelling oil (which reminds me of wonderful times at the beach for some reason) not only helps you maintain good health and a healthy weight, but it has significant positive effects on your skin and hair. I started using this product everywhere, so much that the whole house smells like it because I use it to cook with and also for my hair and skin, and wow! what a difference. I mean really. I have thick curly hair and lately it had been looking pretty sad, the curls were not looking like curls anymore, instead my hair  looked like an old Halloween wig that had been burned at the tips. Not pretty. Well, that all changed when I started using Coconut Oil after every shower (in my hair and body) and leaving on once a week for about an hour before I washed it off. Oh, and I also use it with my kids if they have dry skin (feet, legs and elbows usually get dry in kids). My 9 year old daughter specially loves it in her hair after a bath. Did I mention it smells great? Anyhow, I made a little list of some Coconut Oil’s uses so you can see why your skin and hair LOVE Coconut Oil, and so that you can start researching more on this topic:

Coconut Oil can be used as a body and face moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, try it out first in a little spot on your face and see how your skin reacts. Dr. Mercola says that ” many believe coconut oil may help restore more youthful-looking skin… and that when absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple. It also aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother”.

Coconut Oil can be used as a facial cleanser as well, just apply it, rub, and then rinse off with warm water or a wet soft towel.

This Oil will do wonders for your hair, especially if you have very curly, frizzy or color treated hair. If you use it as a pre-wash conditioner it will help protect your hair from the effects of water (when water penetrates the hair it becomes more prone to breakage and damage) because Coconut Oil is hydrophobic, meaning that it repels water. This explains why it helps with frizziness, something to which I can personally verify.

I found this delicious (I always want to eat anything with coconut) Coconut Body Butter Recipe at The Nourished Life Blog. I tried it and it leaves my skin silky soft, seriously. Give it a go.

You should also know that Coconut Oil melts above 76 degrees Fahrenheit turning into a liquid, and that it becomes hard below 76 degrees, becoming a hard white product. So don’t be surprised, it did not go bad. In any case, however,  the oil will be smooth when it touches your skin, and the best part is that even though it is an oil, it doesn’t leave you all oily. Your skin absorbs it right away.

The best Coconut Oil recommended by the experts is pure, natural, unrefined, extra virgin and organic. Most likely, you won’t find this product in the regular store, but in Amazon there is a pretty good variety. I have tried 3 brands that I like. The images bellow are linked to Amazon so you can check them out:

Have you tried using Coconut Oil for your hair and body? If so it would be great to hear from you.

More on the benefits of Coconut Oil in a following article.

In the mean time, I hope you treat your body to this luscious and exotic oil.

Nayyan

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