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How Coconut Oil can be used for Healthy Skin and Hair

Written by Pure Coco NZ on September 15th, 2014.      0 comments

Coconut Oil Article SpaBeauty

Coconut oil pre-bath massage

A pre-bath massage with coconut oil followed by a relaxing bath, is highly recommended for people with extremely dry skin, and is particularly good as a stress-reliever. This natural oil is extremely soothing and hypo allergenic. Essential oils can also be added.

After-shower moisturiser

Apply coconut oil during or immediately after a shower to moisturise your skin, by using a small chunk and allow the oil to liquefy in the palm of your hand and gently massage into the skin. Coconut oil can sit on top of the skin and lock in moisture. The benefit from applying coconut oil this way is to those who suffer from itchy, rough, scaly or dry skin conditions.

Coconut oil used for skin conditions

Coconut oil can be used for skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema and dermatitis. Always first apply a patch test on a small area of skin to ensure there are no adverse effects.

Gradually adding it to your diet can also help, particularly with a good intake of omega-3 oils. Coconut oil is an excellent natural antibacterial and antifungal agent. Because coconut oil is unlikely to cause irritation, it is a wonderful addition to any skin treatment regime. However if you are on prescribed ointments, creams and medication check with your Doctor first.

For underarm irritation or skin disease, coconut oil can be applied as a deodorant. Its antibacterial properties can reduce body odour, without irritation.

Apply coconut oil and massage into dry cracked heels. Then applying socks to allow absorption of the oil to moisturise the dry skin. Leave on over night for remarkable results.

Coconut oil used as a natural deodorant

With the use of coconut oil as a deodorant it is all natural, no aluminium, or other chemicals. It has its own antibacterial and antifungal properties which reduce body odour. It is able to be used on sensitive skins without causing irritation. A little piece of solid coconut oil can be rubbed into each underarm, massaged in and used as a deodorant.

Coconut oil to protect your skin and hair from sun damage

Coconut oil is commonly reported to have a sun protection factor, SPF, of 4-6. Coconut oil when applied to skin and hair helps from the drying effects of the UV rays and to some extent gives a small amount of natural protection from UV rays.

Coconut oil used for Acne sufferers

Coconut oil is a light, soothing moisturiser with antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be used alongside medicated treatments, or on its own showing remarkable improvement in acne. Always ask your Doctor first before combining coconut oil with prescribed medication.

Coconut oil for dry lips

Dry, flaky skin on lips can also be repaired with the use of coconut oil. It is well known that we consume a proportion of whatever we put on our lips, so coconut oil is an extremely healthy, chemical- free option.

Coconut oil to remove eye make-up

Gently apply a small amount of Coconut Oil evenly around the delicate tissue of the eye area, using a smooth massage motion and carefully without pulling at the skin wipe off make-up with a damp cloth or cotton wool.

Massage using Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is such a wonderful natural product to use for massage due to its light texture, aroma and low irritant effect. It promotes healing due to coconut oil having an antibacterial and antifungal effect. Professional beauty therapists use coconut oil to massage stressed tight muscles, also for relaxation. However you can reap the benefits by using coconut oil your self, by gently heating some coconut oil in the palm of your hand or put a chunk of coconut oil into a bowl and let it sit in warm water until it melts, you can add a little essential oil of choice allowing a longer lasting aroma, then massage away. Your skin will absorb some of the oil and moisturise it.

Coconut oil for sensitive skin

Coconut Oil has wonderful properties for sensitive skin. Lauric Acid (a fatty acid) found in coconut oil’s molecular structure has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. It is a natural product with no chemicals. It is safe to use on babies skin due to its low allergenicity. It acts as a moisturiser on dry sensitive skin. To ensure there is no adverse effects always complete a small patch test on your skin, which should be done when using any new product.

Coconut oil used for hair care

Coconut Oil that is extra virgin 100% organic cold pressed, is free of silicones, alcohols, and other chemicals it works incredibly well as a regular hair-care treatment for maintaining healthy hair and as a scalp treatment. As a natural anti-dandruff treatment, just massage a small amount into your scalp and allow it to absorb for 10 – 20 minutes or even over night, using a shower cap or towel on your pillow. Shampoo out next day if there is any excess coconut oil left on your hair. If you wish to use coconut oil as a moisturiser on your hair for static, tangled, or dry split ends, melt a small amount of oil in the palm of your hand and gently massage it into the ends, it works wonders. It has been reported that people who regularly use coconut oil as a treatment on their hair find that their hair is more manageable, increases body and shine. It can also be used by men and women as an aftershave moisturiser.

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