The Wonders of Coconut Oil

One of the first things I’m doing during my Third Annual Makeover Month (#MM3) at Karrine & pay special attention to my skin. Winter was rough on me – my hair, nails and skin have suffered and it’s essential I whip it all back into shape before bikini season!

My skin has been super dry all winter and during these first few weeks of spring. There are tons of ways to moisturize dry skin, but I have opted for this lightweight, naturally derived, organic way.

I have become more aware of the things I’ve been putting on my skin – as well as in my body – and to be honest, I’ve been slipping in both categories! I feel guilty when I use lotions and potions with complicated ingredients that seep into my skin, doing God knows what sort of harm! So I just wanted to use an oil. A natural, honest oil.

Anyway, enter coconut oil!

As an islander, this stuff was and is an essential part of my upbringing, culture and diet, as was every part of the coconut –– the water, the flesh, even the husk! So I guess you can say I’m going back to my roots. You can use this oil on your skin, hair, in your food and drinks –– everywhere! There are many beauty and health benefits to coconut oil and I intend on exploring them all during MM3.

Straight out of the shower or bath, massage coconut oil into your skin. It is very light, melts very easily, and a little goes a very long way. Also, you’ll smell yummy –– like a coconut tart –– which I love. In a couple days, I’ll show you how I use this oil as a hot oil treatment for my hair.

Here’s a little more information:

Why coconut oil is better than the average face moisturizer. And hair serum. And body lotion: “Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair. –Huffington Post

More skin benefits of coconut oil:

Vitamin-E: The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin are well known. It is essential for a healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear of the skin, keeping skin smooth and protection against cracking and above all, it prevents aging and wrinkling of skin, as it has good anti-oxidant properties. 100 g of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E  thus enhancing it skin nourishing properties.

Proteins: Like coconut, coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally.

The best property of coconut oil that makes it so great for the skin is that it does not go rancid. So when you apply it on the skin, it can work longer unlike many other oils without itself getting rancid. Due to these various beneficial properties of coconut oil, it is used as an important ingredient in several skin care creams. –Organic Facts

I suggest you do a bit more research about coconut oil and, if it suits you, pick up a jar of this stuff and include it in your beauty and diet regimen.