If you've been a Beyond Diet member for a while, you've probably heard me talk about the benefits of incorporating coconut oil into your diet as a weight-loss tool. Personally, I love adding this healthy fat to smoothies, my favorite baking recipes, and my hair.
Wait, you add it to your… what?
That’s right! While you may not typically think of using a cooking oil in your beauty routine, coconut oil's benefits go far beyond the internal health of our bodies - it's also a well-kept beauty secret, great for your skin and hair.
Coconut oil for soft, healthy skin.
Skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why we need to be careful with what we put on it as it will seep into our blood stream and other organs. Most unnatural lotions and moisturizers contain parabens, a chemical preservative that is under questioning for being carcinogenic and dangerous, but is not regulated by the FDA.
Typical body lotions are also made up of water, making your skin feel moisturized when you first put it on, but it quickly evaporates, leaving skin dry again. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is all moisturizer - no water - which helps your skin stay soft and moisturized all day long.
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In addition to moisturizing the skin, coconut oil also has anti-aging properties and an SPF of 4, meaning it contains antioxidants and blocks 75% of harmful radiation from the sun for about 45 minutes if applied generously.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your skin-care routine:
- •Use it to moisturize your skin after a hot shower.
- •Gently rub a dime size amount on your face to remove makeup and grit. This may even reduce acne.
- •Use it as shaving gel to moisturize your skin and reduce razor burn. As an added bonus, you’ll be avoiding the chemical cocktail of ingredients making up many of the unnatural shaving creams on the market.
- •Make your very own homemade deodorant that actually works, especially if you are looking to avoid the aluminum found in most deodorants, which seeps into the lymph nodes under your armpit. I’ve been using this all-natural recipe to make my own deodorant for years, and it’s the only one I trust! DIY deodorant doesn't have to be stored in the fridge, and it also doesn't damage any of my clothes.
Coconut oil for strong, healthy hair.
Coconut oil is also growing in popularity when it comes to hair care. Not only does it moisturize your scalp and help reduce or eliminate dandruff, but it also has been reported to tame frizzy flyaways, moisturize and thicken hair, and leave your scalp smelling faintly tropical and summery.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your hair-care routine:
- •Massage it into your scalp after you shower to fight psoriasis and dermatitis. It can be left in your hair for 20 minutes or up to several hours, and can be washed out with shampoo.
- •Leave hair feeling soft and thick by using it as a leave in conditioner.
- •Use it when you shampoo to help calm a flaky scalp.
- •Rub a pea size amount on your palms and apply to frizzy hair for a sleek, tamed look.
Some final tips for using coconut oil for your skin and hair.
When using coconut oil on your hair or skin, remember that a little bit goes a long way. A quarter-sized amount is usually enough to moisturize your whole body.
I recommend buying unrefined, organic coconut oil, and avoiding oils that have been bleached, hydrogenated, deodorized, or otherwise artificially tampered with which can reduce the health benefits of the oil.
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