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Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair

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Coconut Oil is a favorite of many stars and has been traditionally known for its multiple beauty benefits. It is rich in good fats, vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric and caprylic acids. Besides being a nutritious cooking oil that is used to make amazing food, Coconut Oil is used for flawless, young skin and shiny, lustrous hair.

Is Coconut Oil suitable for all skin types?
Coconut oil is especially suitable for use on dry skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it can clog the pores of skin due to its comedogenic nature.

SKIN BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

Skin moisturizerCoconut Oil is an amazing moisturizer that makes skin radiant with regular use. It nourishes, repairs and heals cracked skin. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and is suitable for use on dry, flaky skin.

What you’ll need
Few drops of coconut oil

Take a few drops of coconut oil and massage gently on your skin. Allow the oil to get absorbed into the skin and wipe excess with a clean towel.
If you have very dry skin, coconut oil can be used in place of regular moisturizers. Apply a thin layer over your skin to seal moisture into the skin.

Skin softenerCoconut Oil consists of saturated fats which keep the skin soft. These fats prevent moisture loss from the skin giving it a smoother appearance. It is a great substitute over hand creams and body lotions for keeping skin healthy and soft.
Coconut oil can also be used to treat cracked feet. It moisturizes and heals the skin within few day.However, it will not give the desired results if the cracks in the feet are deep.

Make up removerMakeup removers are loaded with harsh chemicals and coconut oil is a natural agent that effectively removes makeup without drying the skin.

What you’ll need
Cotton Ball
Coconut Oil

Massage a little coconut oil on the face and let it sit for few minutes. Wipe the face with a cotton ball and wash with warm water.
Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in liberal amounts of coconut oil and apply all over the face. Repeat for removing the last traces of makeup and rinse with warm water.

Soothes SunburnCoconut Oil has SPF properties and offers some shield from the harmful UV rays. However, it cannot be used as a substitute for sunscreen as it does not provide the necessary protection from the sun. Coconut oil is also known for its ability to soothe sunburnt skin. It reduces inflammation and provides relief to the skin.

Lip BalmCoconut oil is rich in Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. It hydrates the skin and helps in quick healing of chapped lips.(Read more on Lip Care HERE)

What you’ll need
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
Few drops essential oil

Take the last bits of an old lipstick (Optional; Only required if you are making a tinted lip balm) in a bowl. Add one tablespoon coconut oil and few drops of your favorite essential oil. Microwave for few seconds and mix well with a spoon. Transfer the ingredients to a clean container and refrigerate for few minutes. Your DIY Lip Balm is ready.

You can skip adding lipstick if you do not want to make a tinted balm
Keep it in the fridge and apply this lip balm several times a day for best results.

Anti-AgingCoconut Oil is rich in anti-oxidants and proteins. These help in preventing the early signs of aging by keeping skin nourished and healthy. It can penetrate deep into the skin and repair damaged cells. Coconut oil also protects the skin from the harsh environmental agents that damage the skin.(Read more on DIY Anti-Aging Face Packs HERE)

Body ScrubAll DIYers will love this amazing body scrub. Coconut oil acts as the perfect moisturizing base while sugar acts as an effective exfoliating agent.

What you’ll need
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Sugar

Mix one tablespoon coconut oil with one tablespoon sugar. Use it on the body in gentle, circular motions during the bath. The sugar particles will gradually melt away while the coconut oil will keep skin moisturized.Rinse with warm water.

Under Eye CreamMost of the under-eye creams do not give the desired benefits when it comes to keeping the skin healthy.
Coconut oil acts as a moisturizer and an anti-aging agent. Its nourishing properties make it the ideal remedy for treating the under eye fine lines. Apply a little on the delicate skin every night and you will start seeing the results in a few days.

Skin Conditions-Coconut oil soothes the skin and has anti-microbial properties. It can be used on the skin in conditions like eczema to provide relief from inflammation and pain.
Coconut oil has also been used traditionally to fade blemishes and marks left by chicken pox or other conditions.

HAIR BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

Dandruff-Dandruff is a condition that leads to dry and flaky scalp. Coconut Oil moisturizes and provides relief to itchy skin. It has anti-microbial properties which make it an ideal natural treatment for dandruff.(Read more  about Dandruff home remedies HERE)

What you’ll need
4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice

Mix four tablespoon warm coconut oil and two tablespoons lemon juice. Massage on your scalp and leave for 30 minutes.Wash with a hydrating shampoo.

Deep ConditionerCoconut oil nourishes by penetrating deep into the skin and hair.A weekly deep conditioning treatment with coconut oil will infuse life into dull, dry hair and keep hair lustrous.

How to apply
Warm Coconut Oil and massage into your scalp and hair.
Cover with a shower cap.
Wrap a warm towel around your head.This will allow the scalp and hair to absorb the nutrients in the oil.
Leave for one hour.If you wish, you can leave it for more time.
Wash with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair.

Leave in Conditioner-Coconut Oil is excellent for taming frizzy hair.When used as a leave-in conditioner, it keeps hair in good shape by sealing in moisture.
Take a few drops of coconut oil on wet palms.Rub your palms together and apply this oil on the ends of the hair.Use the remaining oil on the strands.

Vasundhra Singh

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