Many countries consider the coconut tree the "tree of life," and if you've been on the Beyond Diet website for a while, you've probably heard me talk about the benefits of incorporating coconut oil into your diet. From aiding weight loss to fighting off bacteria and viruses, coconut oil can be a huge help in the quest for a healthy body and life.
What's more, 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
Most lotions and moisturizers contain water. This makes 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 much longer.
In addition to moisturizing the skin, coconut oil also has anti-aging properties and natural SPF protection. It may also help alleviate acne when used as a face wash.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your skin-care routine:
- Use it to moisturize after a hot shower.
- Use it as a massage oil during a professional massage or with your partner.
- Wash your face with it to remove makeup and grit. This may even reduce acne.
- Use it as shaving gel to moisturize your skin and reduce razor burn.
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:
- Use it during a scalp massage - either from a professional or your partner.
- Use it as a leave-in conditioner for thick, soft hair.
- Use it when you shampoo to help calm a flaky scalp.
- Rub a small 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 extra-virgin coconut oil, preferably organic, and avoiding oils that have been bleached, hydrogenated, deodorized, or otherwise artificially tampered with. That tampering can reduce the health benefits of the oil - and we obviously wouldn't want that!