Coconut oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E. It is often used for adding flavor to sauteed vegetables or a seasoning for popcorn. That has been really its only use, up until now. The recent surge in organic skin care products has fueled a demand for coconut oil.
Using Coconut Oils for Skin Benefits
You must have heard of the do-it-yourself skin care products that are popping up everywhere. Words like “chemical-free” and “organic” are becoming synonymous with a healthy living plan. Coconut oil is a “superfood” and has plenty of uses across all spectrums.
Normally you find coconut oil sold in jars and it has a solid white texture that simply melts when touched. It quickly becomes a liquid upon application. The do-it-yourself skin care community has been filling up with uses for coconut oil.
Many are simply applying some of the coconut oil to their fingers and then massaging it in to their eye lashes and around their eyes. It is said that the application of coconut oil around the eyes will soften fine lines and lighten dark circles.
More importantly, it can be used in conjunction with an eye serum to bolster the already potent nature of the product.
The comedogenic properties of coconut oil have been wildly heralded. It simply does not clog the pores like oil-based skin care creams. Furthermore, the coconut oil has a reputation for working well as a hair conditioning supplement. Particularly with dyed hair that is essentially fried from chemicals.
On the flip side, coconut oil is over 90% saturated fat. A healthy diet consists of consumption of less than 10% saturated fat intake. However, coconut oil is considered a good fat despite being saturated.
Although coconut oil is a fatty acid like bacon and other risky foods, it is a medium chain as opposed to a long chain fatty acid. That is, it can be consumed by the body for energy. However, moderation is still recommended here as the research around the benefits of coconut oil as a skin care product is still in its infancy.
Outside of skin care, Dr. Oz recently said that coconut oil can be used as a coffee flavor booster. All you need to do is stir a single tablespoon of coconut oil in to your coffee for a sweet creamer. Simply store the oil in a bottle in your home and you can add flavor to your coffee whenever you want.
You may be surprised to know that coconut oil makes a fantastic natural bug spray. Use half a cup of oil with ten drops of tea tree oil and combine in a spray bottle. Shake it up and you will have a completely organic way to keep bugs off of your skin.
Speaking of bugs, if you get bit by one you can use coconut oil to calm the inflamed skin. This works on mosquito and other bites. Simply apply a tiny amount of oil to the bite and it will work fast to counter the itching and pain.
Coconut oil also works as a natural massage oil. Liquify the oil with any other essential oil like mint or lavender or even a combination of oils and mix in a bottle by shaking. You will have a scented massage oil that you can apply to your skin and it feels great.
Did you know that you can use warm coconut oil to remove earwax? All you need to do is heat some coconut oil in the microwave for 5 seconds. It will liquify and you can test it by making sure it’s warm. You don’t want it too hot. Add a tablespoon of oil to a dropper and tilt your head and shoulder and simply drop the oil in to your ear. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then repeat on the other ear. Towel dry your ear afterwards.
As you can see there are several skin care uses for coconut oil. It works as a natural skin moisturizer, an eye serum or as a conditioner for your hair. Coconut oil can be added to coffee, used as a bug spray or a massage oil and even to safely remove earwax. All of these uses are totally natural and fit right in with our do-it-yourself theme.
There are many more uses for coconut oil as a natural skin care product. This is the first part of a daily series of articles that aims to be the most extensive coverage of the natural benefit of coconut oil. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article that will cover coconut oil as a way to counter dry skin, soothe sunburns and reduce blemishes among many other exciting applications that you can do yourself at home.