THE GREATEST BEAUTY PRODUCT FOR YOUR SKIN AND HAIR!
You have seen previous blogs about the benefits of coconut oil and why you should include it in your daily diet. But don’t just use it in the kitchen! I keep a jar in my bathroom.
Our skin is one of our biggest organs and I think our approach to healthy skin needs to be considered in the same way that we approach food for our bodies. Everything you put on your skin is readily absorbed into your body. So basically, I don’t put things on my skin that I wouldn’t consider eating! You should feed your skin and hair the best ingredients that nature can provide.
This is done in three easy ways:
- Make sure you eat plenty of omega-3 fats in your diet (this will hydrate your skin from the inside). If your skin is feeling dry or in winter you suffer with dry flaky skin, this is probably a sign that you are not consuming enough omega-3 fats. Also, for those of us that worry about aging, a good intake of omega-3 fats can slow down the appearance of fine lines. It will also help to calm irritated skin.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
- Use coconut oil to moisturise your skin.
Coconut oil is a great make-up remover as well as body moisturiser and a great conditioner for the hair. Have a look at the ingredients on the bottles of moisturisers, etc in your bathroom. It is like looking at the warning signs attached to a Chemical Hazard Warning at your local petrol station. One of the most common ingredients in commercial moisturisers is parabens and mineral oils. These products have a carcinogenic potential and mineral oil is also comedogenic which means it will block your pores and could lead to pimples and blackheads.
Really, do you want to be putting this on to your skin???
It always frustrates me to see leading brands, advertise their moisturiser as “all natural” but technically they are not lying as they are “all natural”. Petroleum comes from the earth and if you look at your typical facial or body moisturiser, you will see that some form of mineral oil or petroleum oil derivative is usually in the top four ingredients – even the expensive brands do this. Other common ingredients in commercial moisturisers are palmitate, stearic acid and isopropanol. Isoproponal is an alcohol and is very drying on the skin and an irritant but it is a nice cheap way to fill a bottle!
Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin and connective tissues and it also helps to exfoliate the outer layers of the skin cells, which makes your skin smoother.
Have you ever wondered why, particularly in winter, when you are often more vigilant about moisturizing your body, that you still have really dry, scaly skin?
It is because the commercial product that you are using which contains the parabens and mineral oils, forms a barrier over the surface of the skin and prevents the moisture getting through to sub-dermal layers of skin.
I make my own exfoliators by mixing coconut oil, raw sugar and essential oils. The great thing about this exfoliator is that it will remove dead skin cells but it will also moisturise at the same time. I also use it in homemade toothpaste as it has great antibacterial properties.
Pop coconut oil in your hair for 30 minutes and then rinse out and it will leave your hair silky smooth.
Guys and ladies, it is also great when you are shaving – just apply it to the area to be shaved and then shave as usual. The great thing is if you do nick you yourself whilst shaving, the lauric acid will act as an anti-bacterial agent.
Stay tuned for future posts on the versatility of this amazing oil and other uses for it around your home.
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