Coconut Oil For Skin
For thousands of years, coconut oil has been used to make the skin soft and smooth and give hair a rich, shiny luster.
Polynesian women are famed for their beautiful skin and hair, even though they are exposed to the hot blistering sun every day.
I use two brands of coconut oils: Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil and Naked Coconuts.
Because coconut oil has a natural creamy texture, comes from a vegetable source, and is almost always free from pesticides and other chemicals and contaminants, it has been used for years in soaps, shampoos, creams and other body-care products.
It makes an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin.
If dryness and cracking are severe, you can apply a liberal amount of coconut oil to the affected area and than wrapping it loosely in plastic (so it doesn’t drip all over the place) before going to sleep at night. In the morning remove the plastic and wash off the excess oil. Do this every night until the condition improves. A waterproof, self-adhesive bandage made by 3M, called Tegaderm makes an excellent wrapping for this purpose.
After a bath or shower make sure to apply it on your skin to replace the natural oils that have been washed off. In fact, any time you use soap you are removing your body’s protective layer of oil and changing the pH of your skin. Applying coconut oil will help reestablish a healthy skin environment.
When using it as a lotion, it is best to apply a small amount and reapply it as often as necessary. It is quickly absorbed and it doesn’t leave a layer of greasy film the way many commercial lotions and oils do. If you apply too much oil all at once, the skin becomes saturated and will not absorb it all. This will leave a greasy film.
People with extremely dry skin need to reapply the oil often when they first start using it.
Don’t be afraid of applying the oil to your face. It can help with some types of skin blemishes. It will help your complexion. So even if coconut oil clogs pores for some (coconut oil is high (4) on comedogenic scale), it’s not that way for everyone. In fact, it has helped many people get rid of acne or just condition the skin, making it smooth and less wrinkled looking.
Coconut oil and vitamin E are good options for a simple but effective under eye cream. They are very good emollients that help keep skin moisturized. They are also loaded with antioxidants that prevent premature wrinkles from forming around the eyes.
Coconut oil acts like an exfoliant and help remove dead cells, giving the skin a shiny, youthful appearance.
It can be use as a lip balm because it is safe and natural. Dabbing coconut oil on cold sore can help speed up healing time, alleviate pain and reduce the risk of scarring or discoloration.
If commercial deodorants irritate your skin, using coconut oil is a great alternative. Here is a simple three-ingredient homemade deodorant recipe to make your own at home.
It keeps skin strong and elastic. It is an excellent way to heal stretch marks after childbirth. For the best results, the expectant mother should massage the oil into the abdomen every day. This should be continued after delivery until the marks are completely gone.
It soothes and speeds the healing of burns, cuts, insect bites and other injuries.
It not only provides immediate relief but often brings lasting improvements as well. People with a variety of skin problems have experienced remarkable results from using coconut oil.
Many people who have tried it won’t use anything else.
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Bruce Fife (2004) Coconut Oil Miracle. USA, New York: Avery
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