The chemical formulation of the coconut oil makes it suitable for skin use. The oil has the molecular structure that makes it easy for the skin to absorb the oil particles and become soft and supple. The pure unrefined virgin coconut oil has high antioxidants that penetrates through the underlying skin tissues and prevents the skin from the formation of free radicals that cause the skin losing its elasticity. Here are a few beauty benefits of using coconut oil.
1. Pre-bath massage
Ayurveda promotes that the oil massage before a bath can keep your skin soft, smooth and subtle. People who have dry skin can benefit from coconut oil massage as the oil remains in the skin for a long time keeping it smooth. Coconut oil massage can be used by people of all age groups. If you donât have the time for the massage, then you can also add a few drops of coconut oil to the water, that you are using for bathing. During winters, when the skin becomes dry and flaky, you can use coconut oil massage to keep your skin soft and silky.
2. After bath moisturizer
Coconut oil can work wonders if used as a moisturizer after a bath. After bath, don’t completely dry your skin; rather leave it slightly damp and then apply coconut oil on your body. The coconut oil acts as the water sealant on the skin, keeping it soft and supple for a long time. Coconut oil, used as a moisturizer, also gives phenomenal results to alleviate skin disorders like Keratosis pilaris and Xerosis.
3. Skin problems
Coconut oil can also help to deal with the eczema symptoms and fungal infections in toes and athletes foot. Itâs amazing but true that the coconut oil can also help to fight with the body odor, if used as a deodorant. The coconut oil also relives the itchy skin and deals with rough, patchy and dry skin effectively.
4. Protecting against sun damage
If you canât avoid going out in the sun, the application of coconut oil to the scalp can be a huge help to prevent the damage by the sun’s UV rays. After venturing into the sun, donât forget to soothe your skin with aloe vera gel with a few teaspoons of coconut oil added to it.
5. Face pack
If you have dry to normal skin and if you fall in the above 30 age group, then donât forget to add a few drops of coconut oil in your face pack. The coconut oil will help lock the moisture in your facial skin and will help keep it firm and smooth.
6. Cure cracked heels
The problem of cracked heels can easily be cured with the help of coconut oil. Mix coconut oil with the petroleum jelly and apply it on the cracked heels before going to bed and wake up to smooth, soft heels.
7. Cure dry flaky lips
The dry, flaky lips can also be made smooth by the liberal application of coconut oil on them. This is an age old remedy for the dried, chopped lips in the coastal areas where coconut oil is a part of daily lives, be it cuisine or cosmetics.
8. Dark elbows and knees
Dark elbow and knees are very common yet very stubborn problems that simply refuse to go away, even after vigorous rubbing with soap. If you also have the dark knees and elbows that you are struggling with, here is a remedy for you. Take half teaspoon coconut oil on the squeezed skin of lemon. Rub on the dry and dark knees and elbow areas. Apply it regularly and you are sure to see the improvement with spots fading away.
9. Removing eye make up
Have you ever thought of coconut oil as an eye make-up remover? Yes, it is one of the least expensive and simplest eye make-up remover. Coconut oil is a gentle eye make-up remover without causing any harm to your eyes. Apply a few drops of coconut oil on damp cotton wool and apply it gently in inward motion to remove the eye make-up.
The benefits of coconut oil to hair are known to the world now. Coconut oil can work as the pre-shampoo conditioner. Apply it to your hair a night before washing and notice the luster in your hair after the shampoo. For best results warm up the coconut oil by placing it in the container with hot water before applying for a soothing massage. If you donât have the time to apply it a night before, then apply it for few hours before washing your hair, and cover your head with the shower cap or towel for the absorption and penetration of the oil throughout the scalp. Coconut also helps in dealing with the dandruff problem.
11. Premature graying of hair
Coconut oil also helps to deal with the premature graying of hair, if applied with the paste of curry leaves. For this, take curry leaves and make a paste of it by grinding it after adding some water. Mix the paste with two cups of coconut oil and heat it till water evaporates. Store it in a bottle and use it to prevent premature graying of hair.