Several weeks ago, I was reading something online that had never occurred to me before. Loosely phrased, it said, whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream and literally becomes a part of you. It made me think about all the lotions I have in my bedroom. Looking at their front labels, most of them boast of having vitamin e, shea butter and other natural oils and vitamins. Although, all the natural things they advertise are on the ingredients list, so are dozens of other things like alcohols, dyes, fragrances and chemicals that I can’t pronounce. After seeing this, I went on a quest to find something I could use that would be all natural and good for my body. I stumbled upon coconut oil.
I absolutely love it! It doesn’t take a lot to moisturize my entire body; a little goes a long way! It also keeps me moisturized throughout the entire day.
Not only have I been using it as a lotion, I’ve been using it for other things as well. Here are a few ways that I use coconut oil:
There is nothing wrong with an occasional pre poo! Saturating your hair with coconut oil on wash day for a few hours, or overnight, will help your hair to retain moisture. Coconut oil is great for this because it easily penetrates the hair shaft leaving your hair moisturized. I’ve used coconut oil as an overnight pre poo and I love the results.
Coconut oil is known to have antiaging and healing properties. Some researchers believe that the proteins found in it can help to repair skin damage such as acne scars. Since I’ve been using it, I have noticed that my skin looks more even and it feels softer. I’ve also noticed that although it’s an oil, I haven’t felt oily or greasy while using it. My facial regimen is mostly the same, with the exception of the moisturizer. I use just a small dab of oil to moisturize my entire face.
Hair and Scalp Oil
If you have dry scalp or suffer from psoriasis or eczema, coconut oil is known to soothe and even control the formation of flakes and dryness. I am one who suffers from really bad dry scalp! I noticed that the coconut oil has helped to decrease the amount of flakes I’ve seen and when I scratch my scalp it helps to decrease redness. Additionally, after moisturizing, coconut oil is great to help seal in moisture.
Through some research, I found that coconut oil has a sun protectant factor (SPF) ranging from 4-10. The whole SPF formula thing is pretty complicated, but in a nutshell, it means that you would be able to stay in the sun 4-10 times longer than you would be without a protectant. Since I have not used coconut oil at the beach, I can’t speak to its effectiveness during extended sun exposure. But, for the average sun exposure we come into contact with daily, applying a small amount of coconut oil on the skin will help to combat the UV rays from the sun.
There are so many other uses and benefits of coconut oil. Hope these tips and tricks help.
Do you use oils? If so which ones and why?
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