What is Coconut oil?
Coconut oil is the oil that is taken from the edible coconut meat, meaning from the white part within the shell of the coconut.
However, before going into further and deeper explanation of this particular oil, it’s important to mention that there are two types of this oil, and they differ quite a lot from one another taking into consideration the benefits they provide.
Which are the two main types of this oil?
The two main types of this oil, are refined and unrefined (virgin) oil. The refined coconut oil is made from the dried copra and not fresh coconuts and is typically cheaper in price. Meanwhile the unrefined, also known as virgin oil, is made of fresh coconuts and is naturally processed, therefore it proves to have more benefits than the former.
Which are the overall benefits of Coconut oil?
So, coconut oil has plenty of benefits both inside as well as outside. If used, it can benefit the skin, hair, it’s beneficial in digestive health, in treating infections, and also in weight loss. However, this article is going to talk, specifically, about the benefits this oil has on our skin. Maybe you have heard that it feeds the skin as well as moisturizes it, but there are also plenty of other benefits it has in benefit to our overall skin, and not simply our face. Its benefits vary from the aforementioned skin moisturizer to the cleanser traits and all the way to the benefits it has on the cuticles.
For a more thorough piece of information on coconut oil and its benefits, we have gathered for you a variety of perks the oil provides for your skin and are going to elaborate them on further detail, so keep reading.
Some of the benefits coconut oil has on our skin
1. Coconut oil as a skin moisturizer
Edible coconut oil can be extremely beneficial when it comes to using it as a skin moisturizer. According to Natural Living Ideas, coconut oil melts on the skin as soon as you apply it, taking into consideration the fact that our body temperature is naturally above 97F. This way, it gets into the pores of our skin, proving to be a thorough moisturizer.
What you need to do if you have dry skin, is simply put one-fourth of a teaspoon oil on the palms of your hand and rub it with your other hand. Go ahead and apply it with both hands on the skin while simultaneously massaging it. Leave it for 10 minutes approximately, and then wipe it with a cotton towel. However, if you have oily skin, it’s important to know that overproduction of sebum is the way through which the body tries to prevent dehydration of the skin and happens as a result of inadequate skin hydration. That’s where coconut oil gets into the frame, so if you apply coconut oil on the skin as instructed formerly – meaning you apply it on the skin and neck, wait 15 minutes, and then wash it with warm water and continue with the procedure for several days – you will condition your skin.
But according to Natural Living Ideas, you may experience acne during those days, but if it’s not too severe, proceed with the coconut oil usage for the skin would eventually reduce the secretion of sebum.
2. Coconut oil for chapped lips
We have all experienced chapped lips at some point in our lives. They are either caused by the cold, dry weather, or constant licking. However, instead of getting the usual lip-balms, you can try to make use of coconut oil. How do you do this? Well, researches show that the simplest way you can use coconut oil to soothe your chapped lips is to mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt as well as one teaspoon of coconut oil in a small bowl. Apply it on the lips, and scrub them in a circular motion in order to remove the dry skin. Continue with the procedure for about a minute until your lips start to feel smoother.
You can also put coconut oil in your daily routine, by applying a few drops several times a day when your lips are feeling dry.
3. Coconut oil as a makeup remover
Maybe you’re tired of using makeup remover wipes, or you simply want something natural and effective. Well, using coconut oil could very well prove to be the answer to your quest.
As YouBeauty lets us know, the procedure of removing your makeup with coconut oil is simple. You basically need a pea-sized amount of coconut oil, and in case it’s solid, rub it with the hands until it turns liquid. At the moment the oil is all over your fingers, spread it on your face, especially over the eyelids and the eyelashes. The makeup will eventually come off, and in case you have long wear mascara, use one finger and apply the oil directly in the bottom lashes and underneath the upper lashes – a procedure this that provides no risk in case the oil gets in your eye for it will wash away quickly. So after massaging the oil over the face, wash it with a warm wet cloth and give your face a warm water splash and that’s it.
4. Coconut oil in reducing wrinkles
We cannot stop aging and wrinkles altogether, however, we can prevent wrinkles in various ways. In this case, we’re going to talk about how coconut oil helps in this direction. Well, what you basically need to do, as researches show, is massage the oil on the skin each night before going to bed in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Coconut oil as a deep cleanser
Coconut oil is an effective and natural way to remove the dirt and impurities from the skin. What you need to do when using this oil for your face cleansing, according to Coconuts and Kettlebells, is put coconut oil and rub it in the palm of your hand, massage it gently in a circular way for about one minute, rinse a washcloth under warm water and remove the excess water remaining on the cloth. Place it on your face and let it sit for 30 seconds. Afterwards, simply wipe the oil out of your face with the cloth and you’re good to go.
6. Coconut oil on dry hands and cracked cuticles
This oil does wonders when you want to treat or prevent dry hands. According to Prevention, apply coconut oil after each time you wash your hands or do the dishes, to prevent drying and add moisture. And on how to nourish cracked cuticles, you simply massage the oil into the cuticles and on the skin around the nails.
As you can see, coconut oil not only provides benefits for your skin but in other areas as well, such as your hair, digestive health, infections’ treatment, and more.
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