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5 New Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil To Improve Your Health And Beauty

Posted Jun 21 2012 1:30pm

You read nutrition labels and carefully select what you eat, but what about the products you use ON your body? Many beauty products claim to be “natural” all over their packages, but the health-conscious skeptic inside you has to question whether these products are as wholesome as advertised.

Cue coconut oil: it’s inexpensive, organic and versatile, and one jar lasts for many months. It’s solid at room temperature and liquefies quickly by immersing the jar in warm water to adapt to many purposes. Here are the top 5 ways to incorporate coconut oil as a natural component of your health and beauty routine:

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Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils on the planet!

1. Hair conditioner

Smooth liquefied coconut oil on your hair from the ends to scalp to use as a nourishing leave-in conditioner and dandruff remedy. Twist your hair up in a clip or use a shower cap to keep it off your shoulders and clothes, and wash your hair normally after letting it penetrate your follicles between half an hour and an hour.

Coconut oil combats frizz and cuts my blow-drying time in half. Weekly use will result in hair that is more manageable and healthy looking, and it will become more resistant to daily stress, including brushing and heat styling. Many hair conditioners use coconut oil as an ingredient, but applying the oil from the jar lets you skip the costly extra packaging and make your treatment more concentrated.

2. Moisturizer

Slather on coconut oil after a shower, and your skin will retain moisture. Place the closed jar inside the shower to liquefy the oil to use after toweling off, but be sure to store the jar in a cool, dark place afterward.

As someone with sensitive, acne-prone skin, I never thought I could use the same product on my body as I do on my face. The smell of coconut is especially pleasing in the upcoming summer months, but non-scented oil is also available. The scent doesn’t linger long after it is applied, so you don’t have to worry about it competing with your perfume or cologne.

3. Eye-makeup remover

Coconut oil is gentle, yet it’s capable of removing a Saturday night’s amount of mascara better than many expensive drug store brands that teem with chemicals. Simply liquefy a small amount of oil by warming it with your fingers and gently apply it to your eyelids with a cotton ball. Removing a lot of eyeliner and mascara may give you raccoon eyes, but the makeup can be removed with the swipe of a tissue. The oil will also condition your eyelashes for a thick, luscious look.

4. Lip treatment

Coconut oil genuinely moisturizes your skin instead of temporarily masking the dryness. It’s superior to waxy lip balms, which are quick fixes but ultimately dry out your skin. Gently exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush and apply a small amount of coconut oil with your finger.

5. Shaving solution

Use coconut oil for a natural, soap-free shave that does the job better than pricey shaving creams and gels that can significantly dry out your skin. You can even skip moisturizing when you get out of the shower because the oil used to shave will leave your skin beautifully soft.

In addition to applying the oil topically, take a spoonful every day or add a scoop to smoothies for a health boost and a jolt to your metabolism. One jar of coconut oil can replace a shelf of beauty products and save your body from unnecessary exposure to chemicals.

Coconut oil is available for purchase wherever health supplements are sold, in the health food aisle of the grocery store and online.

About The Author: Diana Dwyer is a writer who reformed her fast-food junkie ways and now blogs about healthy lifestyles and NJ Toyota dealers .

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