If someone were to tell me that there was one single product that solved dozens of health and beauty woes, I would have laughed because it’s usually a load of rubbish. One product that you can use to cook, moisturize your hair, remove your makeup, and hydrate your skin? Not possible, I would have thought. However, this little miracle does exist. And, unlike many fancy beauty and cooking products out there, it is free of chemicals and 100 percent natural. This wonder is none other than coconut oil.
Coconut oil is used every day around the world on skin, hair, and even in the kitchen. In fact, most of the time when I have been asking for a quick fix for a beauty or skin problem, the answer is “just put some coconut oil on it.”
Now here is some of the many benefits of the wonderful coconut oil –
Face and Body Moisturizer
If you rub a little bit of coconut oil between your hands, you will immediately notice how incredibly moisturizing it feels on your skin. As a face and body moisturizer, coconut oil is much more hydrating than average shop-bought lotions because the oil penetrates deep layers of the skin and actually helps to strengthen underlying tissues. It will also help remove dead skin cells, removing any rough or flaky texture from your skin’s surface and giving you a full body glow.
Just as coconut oil works wonder for your skin, it will also give your hair a silky texture and tons of shine. Simply heat up about 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave, so that it’s a warm liquid. Then, after it has cooled, apply it to your hair as you would any hair mask. Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap an old T-shirt around your head, and leave the oil in while you sleep. Unlike shop-bought hair masks, coconut oil is all natural and great for your skin. So, if a little bit happens to rub off onto your pillow while you’re sleeping, you don’t have to worry about dealing with clogged pores or a cheeky spot the next day.
One of the best uses for coconut oil is it’s gentle power to remove makeup. Now, before you wash your face, use your finger to gently rub downward on your eyes and eyelashes to remove my eye makeup from the day. Leaving a little oil on the base of your eyelashes can actually help them grow a bit, so it’s ok if you don’t rinse it all completely off afterwards.
Coconut oil is also one of the healthiest oils to use when cooking. Many healthy oils break down into harmful compounds when heated to their “smoke-point.” But coconut oil remains stable at higher temperatures, so it’s a great option for stir-frying and pan-searing. For cooking. Recommended that using unrefined coconut oil, also called raw or virgin is the best way.
Coconut oil is a great ingredient to have in the pantry if you love baking. Saturated fats are the typical fat of choice in baking. And while saturated fats don’t have the same beneficial effect on good cholesterol as mono- and polyunsaturated oils, they do play a role in various brain and body functions.
With so many uses, it’s worth having a jar in the cupboard. You never know when you might need it!