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I am sure I will not be telling you all a well-hidden secret, but for those who do not know about the benefits of coconut oil yet.. this post is especially for you! Click ahead to find out in how many ways this oil will be good for you.
Ever since I was a little girl my mom would rub my hair with 100% coconut oil because she believed this would enrich and nourish my hair. A trick she learned from her mother who would make coconut hair herself. I come from Suriname where you will be able to find coconut palm trees and my grandma would cut off some coconuts and get to work. Not only is the coconut water found inside a coconut delicious and super healthy, but the coconut the coconut "flesh" is also edible and yummy when soft.. or can be made into coconut oil. Well, both my mother and my grandmother were right! So let us talk about the wonderful uses of coconut oil:
1. FOOD: as mentioned before, coconut is edible so coconut oil is also edible.. though I would not recommend drinking a glass of coconut oil, because that would probably poison you. Coconut oil is a great oil for cooking, especially if you cook interesting asian dishes. I have learned that coconut oil works well with coconut milk (gee, what a surprise) and it is a healthier alternative than some other oils. How is this related to beauty, you ask? Well, coconut oil (despite having mainly saturated fats) is beneficial to your heart and can lead to weight loss, so having a healthy lifestyle, feeling good.. leads to looking well.
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2. HAIR CARE: going back to the story of my mother and grandmother.. coconut oil is really good for your hair! I was brought up to apply it to my hair after washing it as a leave-in conditioner, or I would even do it on dry hair. It is a common practice in the Indian culture and those women are known for their beautiful long and soft hair! You can also use it as a hair mask before washing your hair or as an actual conditioner after you have washed your hair. Whatever you want, this is the best type of oil to use for your hair. It is better than olive oil! Yes, there you go. I have said it. This fatty oil really nourishes your hair as much as possible and gives it a shine. You should have a go at it.
3. SKIN CARE: did you know many massage oils are made of coconut oil? This is the perfect type of oil to use to get a relaxing body massage or nourish and hydrate dry parts of your body. You can also use the oil to create a DIY scrub or mask for your body (legs, arms, etc) or even use it as a shaving oil. Coconut oil will not harm your skin; it will do the opposite. It can even diminish skin issues, infections, scars that you may have by giving it a good oily rub.
4. FACE CARE: personally, I would be a bit careful with applying oils on my face but I do know that coconut oil has good effects as well. One thing you should test out, if you are going to apply it all over your face, is whether this oil will clog up your pores! I should point out that I do not dare applying it on my face due to my rosacea and big pores, but I would love to hear if others have had good personal experiences?! Other than that, coconut oil works great as a make up remover. It is very soft and not harmful to your eyes and quite effective as an eye make up remover. Instead of buying lip balm you can use a bit of coconut oil on your lips to keep them soft and kissable.. and hey, it will smell like coconut! Also, my mom would use either coconut oil or Zwitsal baby oil to clean my ears with a q-tip (or cotton swab) when I was a little girl.
There you go.. a couple of coconut oil uses that I could come up with from the top of my head based on previous (and current) experiences! It really is a versatile, face/hair/skin-friendly and nourishing product, so you should give it a shot! Try out its many functions and see which work for you. After all, the more things that work for you the less products you will need.. and this is always a good thing. Do make sure you find a coconut oil that is made of a 100% coconut, so you get the best (and most natural) treatment there is. Coconut oil is not liquid, by the way, so you will need to warm it up e.g. with your hands. Do you have any practices or uses of coconut oil to add? How do you use it?