By Amelia Grant
Coconut oil is known for its amazing benefits for hair, skin, nails, teeth, and overall health. If you have dry skin, you should try coconut oil. Do you want to whiten your teeth? You can also make use of coconut oil. However, this super oil has far more benefits that can be good for your health and appearance. Let’s take a look at them.
It can help treat certain skin conditions
Coconut oil possesses antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria on the skin and, thus, lower inflammation. According to a 2008 study, people with atopic dermatitis who topically used virgin coconut oil twice a day and who were positive for Staphylococcus aureus (the bacteria that provokes skin inflammation) had a dramatic decrease in that bacteria on their skin.
Keep in mind that coconut is not applicable to those who have oily and acne-prone skin as this oil is highly comedogenic and can trap oil and bacteria on the skin. Additionally, processed coconut oil can become contaminated and provoke skin breakouts and inflammation. Therefore, you need to make sure to use purified, cold-pressed coconut oil.
It makes for a good eye makeup remover
This is for people who are tolerant of using coconut oil on their skin. This oil can be a great natural makeup remover. The oil has anti-bacterial and anti-yeast properties and can be used as a great first-aid cream.
Since coconut oil has a detergent effect, it can also be used as a natural makeup remover. Gently rub onto dry skin with coconut oil and pay special attention to eye makeup. Then rinse your face with warm water and pat dry. Remember you need to use only organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.
It can treat damaged hair
According to one study, coconut oil is the only oil found to significantly reduce the loss of protein when applied as a pre-wash and post-wash hair treatment. This works for both undamaged and damaged hair as well. This is due to the fact that it has low molecular weight and straight linear chain. Therefore, it can easily enter the hair shaft.
In order to boost your hair health, you simply need to heat three to five tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave and apply it to your dry hair before bed. This will make your hair less frizzy and your scalp will be more moisturized.
It’s beneficial for dental health
According to a 2012 study, coconut oil can eliminate the common causes of tooth decay. Lauric acid contained in coconut oil kills the harmful oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which actually provoke tooth decay and lead to plaque buildup.
It can help you burn fat
Coconut oil is an amazing care product due to its medium-chain fatty acid content. They’re easily absorbed and funneled straight to the liver, where they help your body create energy instead of fat, enhancing your metabolism.
According to one study, obese women had a reduction in their waist circumferences after eating about two tablespoons of coconut oil daily for three months while eating a healthy hypocaloric diet and walking for 50 minutes per day. However, more research is still needed. Therefore, before consuming it for the purpose of getting rid of excess weight, you should talk to your health care provider.
It can reduce wrinkles
Although coconut oil is comedogenic, it can reduce fine lines by helping keep your connective tissues strong and supple when applied topically.
It can be a good exfoliator
Since the skin on the body is thicker than the skin on the face and has fewer oil glands, you can try to use coconut oil as a body exfoliator. Add some sugar to the oil and mix the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon so the heat of your hands doesn’t melt the oil right away.
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