Coconut oil has a black PR lately, but is it right? We x-ray the properties of coconut oil. We show a dozen or so ways how it can be used for face, hair and body care. It turns out that this natural ingredient will replace half of your cosmetic bag!
There has been a recent debate on the internet about the pros and cons of coconut oil. To eat or not to eat? To fry or not to fry? Replace traditional fats in the kitchen? I will not hamlet and settle the issue of coconut oil consumption. I will leave it to the doctors and nutritionists. Instead, I will focus on how coconut oil affects us from the outside, not the inside. And it works! It can replace from a few to a dozen different cosmetics. Its properties are amazing and its application is very wide. So take coconut oil from the kitchen, bring it to the bathroom, and let’s get down to business!
Coconut oil and its properties
Coconut oil is obtained from the flesh of the coconut palm nut. If it is pressed with the use of high temperature, we obtain refined coconut oil, if cold – unrefined. The first is more durable and odorless, and the second is a more natural product – it has much more nutritional value and has a delicate, exotic coconut scent.
Coconut oil is mainly composed of saturated fatty acids. 45-55% is lauric acid, which is difficult to find in other sources. You will find this compound in … mother’s milk. Its properties are remarkable: in addition to supporting immunity (just like mother’s milk), it kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. In addition, coconut oil contains a lot of microelements and vitamin E, the positive effect of which on the skin has been known for a long time.
Coconut oil – application. We take the jar from the kitchen and go to the bathroom! This amazing oil has moisturizing, soothing, strengthening, firming, anti-inflammatory, anti-wrinkle, anti-acne, anti-dandruff properties … You can write a book about it, so today I will only talk about the most interesting properties of coconut oil.
Coconut oil for hair – for the best hairstyle
On MakeupYes you can find a lot of products for hair. Maybe the hair oil doesn’t have the best associations, but not this time. The excess coconut oil is easy to wash off, and its “magic” ingredient, lauric acid, easily penetrates the hair and does the job!
“Coconut oil, which is a triglyceride of lauric acid, is very similar to hair proteins, and thanks to its low molecular weight and simple linear chain, it can penetrate into the hair shaft.” – The National Center for Biotechnology Information
Scientific research has proved that coconut oil will be great for oily hair because – paradoxically – it causes your scalp to produce less sebum.
The oil can be used in several ways: as a conditioner or hair mask, as a remedy to relieve the feeling of tightness in the scalp, and even to help fight hair loss and dandruff. Choose for yourself how you approach it – gradually and carefully or boldly and completely!
Gradually and carefully?
Let’s start with the option that sounds the least risky if you’re concerned about the oily hair effect. Wet your hair, take two or three teaspoons of coconut oil in your hand (adjust the amount to the length of your hair). It will quickly stop resembling lard and turn into liquid when exposed to heat. Apply it and leave it on for at least an hour. The longer it stays on the hair, the better its effects will be. After that, wash your head with your shampoo and do what you usually do with your hair. It is best to use this procedure at least twice a week.
Boldly and completely!
Massage coconut oil into the scalp, then spread it over the entire length of your hair, wrap it with a towel and … good night. Yes, wash this mask off in the morning. Effect? The scalp will feel less tense and the hair will be smooth and pleasant to the touch. Additionally – if you are fighting dandruff – the miraculous acid will be your additional weapon due to its strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and fungicidal properties.
Coconut oil for the face
As for the face, there are probably as many applications as you can think of. Learn 4 hints!
1. Make-up removal
Coconut oil can be used for natural face and eye makeup removal. Do you use waterproof mascara and its washing off is not easy or it “costs” you a few eyelashes each time? Coconut oil works brilliantly in this case. Put a little on the cotton ball and proceed exactly as with regular lotion or lotion. Just don’t rub too hard! Oil in the eye is nothing terrible – you can only see “as in a fog” for a moment. To avoid this, put the soaked cotton swab to the closed eye for several seconds and carefully move it down. Repeat the operation until the last swab is clean.
2. Eye cream
Speaking of the eyes … it’s not easy to find good eye creams that will not irritate this extremely delicate and thin skin. Coconut oil does a great job. It will be safe for skin that reacts allergically to most cosmetics saturated with artificial substances. In addition, the vitamin E and antioxidants contained in it have an anti-wrinkle effect.
3. Night face cream
Coconut oil will help your skin regenerate after a long day of makeup, often in polluted air and among bacteria. It will gently moisturize, soothe irritation, will not make it greasy, and additionally – thanks to its antibacterial properties – will be helpful in the fight against acne lesions.
4. On the lips!
Coconut oil works as a pleasant lip balm. And if you have problems with chapping them – combine a little coconut oil with ordinary sugar (preferably in a ratio of one to two, i.e. one teaspoon of coconut oil with two teaspoons of sugar) and make yourself an effective and tasty scrub. Later, you can apply coconut oil alone as a protective lotion.
Coconut oil for the body in 3 ways
It worked well on the hair, it worked well on the face, especially – it will work on the rest of the body. It can replace cosmetics from various drugstore departments. Examples? Here you go: lotion, scrub and shaving foam.
1. Sugar peeling based on coconut oil
First things first! After washing the skin – peeling. As with the formula used on the lips, it’s best to combine coconut oil and sugar in a 1: 2 ratio. Coconut-based sugar peeling deeply cleanses the epidermis and leaves the skin moisturized and pleasantly smooth. If you have cellulite problems, add a tablespoon of cinnamon and ground coffee to this mixture.
2. Coconut oil instead of shaving foam
Now for a rather surprising way to use coconut oil – instead of shaving foam! It will moisten not only the skin itself, but also the hair you want to get rid of, so shaving will be much easier.
3.… and as an after-shave lotion
After shaving, it’s time to soothe and moisturize. And no surprises here – your new “shaving foam” will also be the perfect balm after depilation. A little curiosity – coconut oil will also help you fight stretch marks. With those you already have and with those who just want to show up, but you won’t let them. On the one hand, it will speed up healing, on the other – the skin will be more elastic and less prone to the formation of new stretch marks.
Coconut oil for hands and nails
Let me tell you a great trick. Whenever I wash my hands while they are still wet, I put coconut oil on my hands and then wipe them with a towel, but a little more gently. You will see for yourself how pleasant the skin is! Coconut oil applied in this way will not leave an unpleasant greasy film on your hands, but will moisturize and nourish it. Additionally, I assure you, the cuticles around the nails will not be as visible.
One more advice – put a little coconut oil into a small container (jars and travel bottles for cosmetics can be found in most drugstores) and put it in a bag. Thanks to this, you will always have it with you.
And one more thing – after a mosquito bite!
Finally, the quite surprising use of coconut oil. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, it will come to the rescue when you are bitten by a mosquito and an ugly trail is formed. Applying coconut oil to this area will make the morning lighten and heal faster.
A dozen or so cosmetics from various drugstore departments in one jar
Coconut oil will replace you with a dozen cosmetics. On which parts of the body and how you will use it – your choice. Test it yourself – see which ways to use coconut oil work best for your skin and hair. And then you can safely throw away half a suitcase of cosmetics. And the money saved – you know…