How To Use Coconuts To Be Beautiful Inside and Out
Christine Chen | My Body
You cannot ignore the number of people around you guzzling coconut water. Low calorie, low fat and cholesterol free, with more potassium than four bananas, no wonder people are crazy about it! But, did you know that coconut oil is a great beauty treatment?
Here’s how coconut oil can create more beauty – inside and out.
Create Softer Skin
Coconut oil is loaded with tons of fatty acids to plump wrinkles and moisten the skin. Anti-oxidants within coconut oil are said to minimize the aging of skin cells and keep connective tissues strong and hydrated, too. Some say coconut oil on your skin every night before bed could help with acne, age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema. You can use it on your lips, too.
Repair Your Hair
Coconut oil can help give you shinier, healthier hair in 60 minutes by strengthening the hair shaft. A study from Mumbai University found that coconut oil is an effective conditioner, because it forms a uniform, thin layer on the hair. Polynesian women have been doing this for hundreds of years, taking advantage of the fatty acids to improve the health of the scalp, too. Slather it on your hair and wrap your head in a towel for an hour as an at-home, deep conditioning treatment.
Manage Your Weight
Coconut oil can lessen your tendency to overeat. It has a high percentage of the “good fat” (saturated fat), which helps you feel fuller faster and boosts “good” cholesterol levels to fight heart disease. Sautee your vegetables in coconut oil, use it to pan sear your fish, or substitute it for recipes calling for melted butter. Another idea? Drizzle it over popcorn for a light and healthy snack.
Coconut oil can help build stronger bones and teeth by supporting the absorption of calcium and magnesium in your body. It can also help fortify you against colds because of its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Some studies show coconut oil can boost a weakened immune system by boosting white blood cell count, elevating the body’s resistance to viruses and infection.
Most coconut oils you buy for cooking can be used on the skin, but some coconut oils made as beauty products might not be suitable to eat, because other components, such as essential oils, might be added. Final tip: at a health food store, or at My Shop here at LiveYourVie.com, look for the words “virgin” and “pure” on the label, and you’re looking at the most trusted forms of coconut oil for both cooking and beauty treatments.
Lighter, stronger, softer and more luscious in every way? That’s definitely beauty, inside and out.