The Benefits of Coconut oil on your skin-Life hacks
I did not know what coconut oil was, how it looked like or if it actually was good for my skin or not, until I went to sing somewhere and someone gave me as a gift. After trying, it, I couldn’t help but go do more research on the product. I discovered a lot of benefits of coconut oil on our skin and I want to share.
Our bodies will reflect to us what we put on them. You give it bleach, it will bleach, rub oil that tones your color up or down, it will give that back to you. I personally think taking care of this beautiful and handsome bodies is our job and we must try to give it what will make it look great and in turn, we will gain a lot of self-confidence and respect for our bodies.
What is coconut oil ?
Coconut oil, is an edible oil which is extracted from the kernel of a mature coconut harvested from the coconut palm. It has high saturated fat content, slow to oxidize and therefore resistant to decaying or fermentation. I.e. It can last for up to 6months at 24 °C without getting bad or having a bad odor.
There comes many uses of coconut oil due to its unique medium-chain fatty acid composition which sets it apart as a nutritional ball of fire with properties different from the other fats we know and consume.
What are the health benefits of coconut oil
Research has shown so many health benefits of coconut oil. It is always important to live healthy. No matter the amount of money or beauty you have, it means nothing when you are not healthy. Therefore, before we discuss the benefits of coconut oil to your skin, lets see how it will benefit you health wise.
- Weight loss
Coconut oil has medium-chain triglyceride which helps to speed up energy usage compared to other fats. According to Rinehart, the MCTs in coconut oil digest as fast as sugar in the body.
The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil can speed up energy
usage compared to other fats. The MCTs in coconut oil, according to
Rinehart, digest as fast as sugar in the body.
Since coconut oil goes straight to the liver, they don’t’t get added to fat cell preventing weight gain and boost up the liver metabolism.
- Lower risk of heart disease
Coconut contains a lot of saturated fat which raises the good cholesterol HDL thereby bringing down the risk of having a heart disease. It has a different kind of blend of short and MCFAs, specifically lauric, capric and myristic acids that make it have great health benefits like reducing cholesterol level in your body.
- Coconut oil better brain function
Consuming MCTs leads to an improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer disease. The MCTs may provide therapeutic benefits for memory impaired adults.
- Destroys Viruses, Bacteria and fungi
In coconut oil is found lauric acid which is believed to have anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal characters making it very useful for various infection treatments. Dr Joe A. the co-author of the survival medicine handbook states that the saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria fungi and parasites that cause indigestion.
What are the benefits of coconut oil on the skin
The use of coconut for the skin has a lot of benefits. You can use coconut oil in so many ways on different parts of your body to get desired results.
A. Coconut oil makes your skin smooth and shiny
Coconut oil acts as a good conditioner for your skin. Applying coconut oil to your skin makes it feel soft and conditions your skin. It is advisable to apply it all over your body as your oil or add it to your oil.
B. Used to hydrate your hands
Rubbing coconut oil on your hands will hydrate dry and itchy skin to make it soft and moist. It won’t work immediately so try doing it often and also keep a hand cream in your bag in case.
C. Coconut oil Soothes eczema
Eczema is a skin disease that is cost by a cluster of skin issues that lead to red, itchy, swollen patches of skin. Coconut oil has been found to reduce the staph bacteria on the skin when applied virgin coconut oil to the skin twice a day. It reduces dryness, abrasions, redness and thickening of the skin due to scratch. Soothe eczema by applying coconut oil twice a day.
D. Reduces dandruff
Dandruff is a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp. Coconut oil helps to lower the levels of yeast on your skin that causes your scalp to inflame, flake and itch. To achieve this result, apply an ultra-moisturizing coconut oil treatment.
Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil on the gas over a low flame. Remove it immediately it from the stove so that it is not too hot. Massage your scalp. I recommend using it from time to time if you have dandruff often.let the oil settle on the scalp for 30-35 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo. Use other dandruff shampoo if this does not work on you.
E. Coconut oil reduces pimple
Coconut oil is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties since it is a natural product. Applying it on your face will keep the pores from dirt and minimize acne breakouts. It will soothe inflammation that often accompanies severe acne and relieve from pain the red dry skin that pimples can cause.
F. Prevents premature aging
From research, it was found that oxidation stress due to Ultra Violet rays and environmental pollution causes humans to age faster. Also, the use of harsh chemicals on the skin makes skin to age faster.
Coconut oil is natural and help avoid premature aging since it is soft on the skin as a moisturizer, exfoliates without wearing the skin away.
Acting as a physical barrier to pollution from the environment after you have applied to skin
Is it healthy to use on babies?
If you have read all the benefits of coconut oil, you are probable worried if it will go for your baby too. As parents, we get worried about our children and their safety is our top priority. So will coconut be healthy for our babies too?
From the thoughts of a dermatologist Dr Tsippora Shainhouse and other pediatric dermatologist, sensitive skin like that of babies need coconut oil.
Coconut will moisturize the baby’s skin and create a natural barrier for dirt particles. Babies are frequently washed with water and drying soaps that rid the baby from its natural protective oils. Coconut oil will give back that natural protective oil to the baby’s skin. It also has no irritating additives which can potentially harm the skin of the baby.
It is however advisable to test it first on a small part of the baby’s body to see if he/she is sensitive to it. If so then avoid it for your baby.
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