I recently saw a meme that said: “I’ve got 99 Problems and Coconut Oil solved 98 of them.” Perhaps this delicious oil can’t fix all of our woes, but it is definitely multi-purpose and can be used for many different things in the kitchen, bathroom and even the bedroom! When it comes to using coconut oil in your beauty regime, it can do amazing things for your skin, hair, and even your teeth and gums.
Coconut Oil for Skin Care
Coconut oil makes an amazing moisturizer that can be used on the body and even the face for many skin types. It penetrates deep into the skin, meaning it can help soften wrinkles and prevent premature aging. It has a variety of properties including being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and also has a natural SPF of about 4, making it a mild sunscreen. It has balancing properties, so it not only will hydrate dry skin but also help problem skin that might be suffering from acne breakouts. Since it is anti-fungal, it can also be used to clear up minor skin infections that may arise from any bacterial or fungal overgrowth.
Best of all is that coconut oil is 100% natural so there is no need to be concerned with absorbing any toxins from using it. Since our skin is the body’s largest organ, it is important to always use the most natural products that are free from any harsh chemicals or preservatives.
Coconut Oil for Hair Care
In the realm of hair care, Coconut oil can do wonders for various hair types and can be used in a number of different ways.
- As a deep conditioning treatment, coconut oil will restore moisture and shine to dry and damaged hair. Apply it after shampooing and wash it out after letting it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Another way to use this versatile oil is as a styling aid when using a blow dryer or straightening iron. Apply a tiny bit to dry hair and you will notice that it immediately tames flyaway hairs and little frizzies.
- It can also help detangle hair and can protect your hair from the elements, this is especially useful when you are spending time at the beach. You can put coconut oil in your hair to protect it from sun damage and it will also protect your hair from becoming dried out from the salty ocean water.
- Coconut oil nourishes the scalp and can be used to help treat and prevent dandruff as well.
Coconut Oil For Teeth and Gum Health
If you are not familiar with oil pulling, it is a really simple practice that can provide a number of health benefits. Oil pulling is said to help improve a number of conditions including gum disease, allergies, tooth decay and halitosis. It can boost the overall immune system, clear up issues in the throat and sinus and on the beauty side – it can naturally whiten your teeth.
Oil pulling is very simple and is done by swishing 1-2 tsp of oil around the mouth. Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils to use since it has a pleasant, light taste. Basically, the act of oil pulling acts to remove all toxins and bacteria from the mouth area. After swishing around the oil in the mouth, spit it out and then brush the teeth with warm water. You will probably notice immediately that your teeth look whiter and brighter.
Many people I know, including myself have had dentists tell them their teeth have never looked better after taking up the practice of oil pulling. It helps immensely with overall oral hygiene and you will really notice how much more white and shiny your teeth are. Say goodbye to expensive dental treatments and whitening products, simply start oil pulling using coconut oil 3-5x a week for 15-20 minutes and you will notice that your pearly whites will be extra bright and shiny!
Tips for Using Coconut Oil
These are just a few of the many uses for coconut oil as a beauty product. For skin and hair care usage, make sure to choose a high-quality oil that is organic and unrefined. Make sure to do a patch test first if you have sensitive skin, especially for the delicate facial area. The only potential downside to coconut oil (which I have personally experienced) is that it solidifies at a certain temperature. This means that it can clog pipes when it goes down the drain and you will have to call in a plumber to fix it. The ways to avoid this are: don’t put coconut oil in the bath as a bath oil, use it on your face sparingly and try not to wash it down the sink, and lastly when oil pulling, spit out into a garbage can or compost and not the sink or toilet.
Hopefully, coconut oil can solve a few of your problems, perhaps not 98 but it is definitely a very useful, multi-purpose oil that will naturally assist you in having soft, healthy skin and hair and healthier teeth and gums.
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