Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it goes directly into your blood stream and travels throughout your entire body, which is why I try to avoid putting chemicals on my skin.
Coconut oil is my all time favorite moisturizer. None of those expensive moisturizers will get the job done like 100% pure coconut oil. The second you feel the oil on your skin, you will be addicted. (On top of that, it smells insanely good)
Coconut oil also acts as a natural sun protectant because it screens 20% of the ultraviolet exposure. That way, even if you forget to apply sunscreen, you’ll still be safe. I use coconut oil as an anti-aging moisturizer under my eyes. Since its organic, you don’t have to worry about rubbing it in your eyes.
A few makeup artists have put coconut oil on my face before applying my makeup. Personally, I don’t use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, because it is heavy and can clog my pores. Then again, I have very sensitive skin and I breakout easily.
Either way, makeup artists have sworn by it. I guess you just have to know your skin and know how it reacts to different products.
Rumor has it that if you’re pregnant, coconut oil is a fantastic stretch-mark preventer and a great way to avoid the itch of a stretching belly. Although I can’t directly confirm that, I’ve seen enough pregnant women use it
Incorporating coconut oil into your diet can be very beneficial. Once it enters the body, coconut oil is easily digested and sent straight to the liver for instant energy production. Coconut oil helps the body resist viruses and bacteria that cause illness. Studies show that people who have diets of over 60% coconut have no evidence of heart disease and perfect health.
For all the chefs out there, coconut oil can actually withstand higher temperatures than other oils, making it one of the best oils for cooking. It also gives the food a hint of coconut flavor, which I never mind
Homemade body scrub:
Its easy as 1,2,3: sugar + coconut oil= body scrub.
Making scrubs at home is cheaper, but also allows you to know exactly what products are being used. All you have to do is add room temperature coconut oil to brown sugar or granulated sugar.
Body scrubs and exfoliators will make your skin look better, smell yummier, and feel sexier.Tip: Add more sugar if you want the scrub to be rougher and more-sandlike. You may add an essential oil of your choice (lemon, lavender, orange, etc). For body use, apply scrub while you are showering or bathing in warm/hot water when your skin is at its most sensitive. Scrub your dead skin away for however long you feel is right for your skin. Moisturize after scrubbing to rehydrate your skin.Coconut oil works better than most man-made treatments on the market because of it’s natural, chemical free qualities. Homemade coconut oil masks work best for repairing damaged hair that has been over-processed or naturally damaged.
Coconut Oil Pulling:
Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. It is an ancient ritual dating back over 3,000 years. You can oil pull by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, typically first thing in the morning.
The purpose of oil pulling is to remove some of the millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other toxins that live in your mouth.
The oil acts like a cleanser, literally sucking out the germs from your body.
Coconut oil in everyday life:
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil into your pet’s food
- Apply on dry skin, cuts, burns (even excema)
- Add a tablespoon into your smoothie
- Use under eyes before bed as a hydrating treatment to prevent wrinkles and bags
- Apply to improve the appearance of stretch marks
- Massage onto your nails before bed to moisturize them and make them stronger
- Replace chemical cooking oils with organic coconut oil
You can find coconut oil at almost any grocery store, but make sure it is organic!
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