The perception of beauty is subjective yet thousands and thousands of people are willing to pay to look better â€“ whether it is a facelift or a jar of anti-wrinkle cream. Is there really a beauty product that is natural, inexpensive and lives up to the task? Yes there is! Coconut oil is natureâ€™s answer to having glowing, healthy skin.
As a matter of fact, cosmetic companies have been trying to mimic its skin nourishing properties for decades. Most of them fail but still make a kill through slick advertising. The next question that may probably linger in your mind is; how does coconut oil benefit the skin?
The answer is very simple; coconut oil has many beauty benefits. It moisturizes the skin, is an intensive hair conditioner, soothes skin irritations such as psoriasis and eczema, cleanses the skin, used to remove make up and has anti-aging properties that will keep you looking younger. Here is a look at each of these properties.
Applying coconut oil on the skin moisturizes it while keeping it supple and soft. You do not need to reapply from time to time it because the skin absorbs it slowly. This is unlike moisturizing creams that have high water content which eventually leave the skin feeling ‘dried outâ€™. At room temperature, coconut oil is solid. It melts gently if rubbed on the skin and penetrates deep into the pores.
Lauric acid (found in abundance in coconut oil) is an excellent anti-microbial compound that makes the oil a deep, invigorating skin cleanser that lifts bacteria and dirt from deep within the skin leaving you invigorated. You can also use it to remove make-up. Incidentally, Lauric acid is an all-round healing compound that not only fights off both bacteria and fungi which helps in keeping blackheads and spots away.
Unlike other acids used in cosmetic products that quickly oxidize and cause radical cellular damage, Lauric acid (found in coconut oil) stays fresher for longer. In addition to this, coconut oil is packed full with chain fatty acids and antioxidants that help build skin cells rather than destroy them. Isnâ€™t this the good news you have been yearning for? Thatâ€™s not all; here is one more reason why you should start coconut oil today – regular use of coconut oil builds and repairs the skin thereby slowing down development of liver spots and wrinkles.
Coconut oil can be used alongside conventional medicine to fight off warts and verrucae. Other skin-borne irritations such as psoriasis and eczema can be soothed using coconut oil.
It would unfair to limit the beauty uses of coconut oil on the skin. Here is a different angle. Coconut oil makes an excellent hair conditioner. It works wonders when it comes to the revitalization of dry, damaged and tangled hair. It also moisturizes the hair.
Other beauty uses of coconut oil include teeth whitening, use as a lip balm, deodorant, massage oil/ body scrub, shaving cream as well as to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.