Blinded and distracted by hundreds of products you see at the drugstores containing coconut oil we often forget to simply just use the raw product.
Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which makes it useful in treating the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. These fatty acids include linoleic acid (which can be beneficial for acne-prone skin) and up to 50% lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial), he says. Studies show that coconut oil—which is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts—may improve skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fights the signs of skin aging and makes an effective moisturizer, per a 2018 review of research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
Since there are a lot of areas of applications for coconut oil we focus on a good make out prep for heater -and winter damaged skin and hair. If there’s no one to make out with just see it as a little spa-like treat for yourself.
Hair conditioners often contain coconut oil because it easily penetrates the strands and can even prevent protein loss. Use coconut oil for hair and on your skin for deep conditioning, apply a quarter-sized dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun and leave in over night. You’ll want to place a towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, rinse with a gentle shampoo.
Turmeric Papaya Smoothie
- 1/2 medium papaya — , peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 large banana
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 cup ice
Freshen your breath
Remember oil pulling? Turns out, swishing coconut oil (or any organic vegetable cooking oil) around in your mouth may actually pull disease-causing bacteria out of your mouth, per a review of research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. “Oil pulling generates antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them,” the researchers write. Just swirl it around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes before breakfast until it turns a milky white color, then spit it out into the trash (not your sink, as this can clog the pipes) and rinse with water. Just note that oil pulling shouldn’t replace your daily dental hygiene routine—brushing and flossing are still a must.
DIY natural lip scrub
Exfoliating with a lip scrub is good for softening and smoothing lips before applying lipstick, or when your lips are dry and peeling from cold wind or prolonged sun exposure. Avoid using them if your lips have any open cuts, or if they’re sunburned or raw.
You can easily make your own lip scrub using coconut oil, brown sugar,coffe ground and honey for a super moisturizing and delicious scrub. Simply play around with the measurements of each ingredient until you find a consistency you like. Gently use as an exfoliating treatment (wash off as you cleanse no need for single use tissues)
The lip balm
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, and 2 tablespoons of grated beeswax or beeswax pellets to a heat-resistant measuring cup. Pour 2 inches of water into a small pot, then add the measuring cup so only the bottom is submerged. Heat water on low to medium heat until ingredients melt, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into empty pre used lip balm containers. Add 2 drops cinnamon essential oil per container and stir; cover immediately. Refrigerate and cool, then share with your friends!