Top ten benefits of using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in your skincare routine
Known for its versatile uses, extra virgin coconut oil is increasingly becoming popular these days due to its myriad benefits for skin and hair. Extra virgin coconut oil simply refers to the oil that is extracted from fresh coconut kernel, closest to its natural form without subjecting to any chemical or physical changes. It has light viscosity, crystal clear water appearance with slight coconut aroma and solidifies below 25’C. It is stable at high cooking temperatures and possesses good shelf life.
The main chemical constituents of coconut oil are: Lauric Acid,Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid, Linoleic Acid (Polyunsaturated Fats), Oleic Acid (Monounsaturated Fats), Polyphenols (Virgin Coconut Oil only), and Medium-Chain Triglycerides.
Lauric Acid is a medium triglyceride saturated fat that has antibacterial properties and protects skin from foreign particles. Linoleic Acid promotes hair growth and moisturizes scalp well while Oleic Acid maintains the softness of skin and has antioxidant properties.
Benefits of using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:
- Moisturizer for Dry Skin
Due to its emollient properties, coconut oil heals and nourishes dry flaky skin. It is extremely beneficial for inflamed skin as it heals redness and soothes skin well.
- Hair Tonic
Coconut oil helps in removing dryness of scalp and it also cures dandruff. Just mix with organic neem oil in ratio 4:1 (4 parts of coconut oil and 1 part of neem oil) and apply on scalp. This treatment will not only cure dry itchy scalp but will also provide relief from lice and maintain smooth shiny hair.
- Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil when combined with Aloe Vera Gel and Egg makes excellent hair conditioner. Just extract some fresh aloe vera gel, 1 full egg and mix with 2 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil. Apply on hair and leave on for atleast 30mins before washing it off.
- Massage Oil
Coconut oil penetrates skin well and its light viscosity makes it ideal to use for massage as well. Due to its high fatty content it is deeply moisturizing and improves appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. It is also an effective baby oil to be used regularly after bath for babies due to its non greasy texture and light aroma.
- Mosquito Rescue
Suffering from mosquito bites? Extra virgin coconut oil comes to rescue for itching due to mosquito bites. Just mix in with pinch of camphor and apply on affected area. Due to its emollient and anti bacterial properties it heals and nourishes skin well preventing scars and dryness.
- DIY Scrub
Coconut Oil works as great natural scrub when mixed with brown sugar. Use organic brown sugar and exfoliate twice a week for bright radiant skin. This treatment also cures tanning and makes skin soft.
- Oil Pulling
A traditional Ayurveda treatment, Oil Pulling technique involves swishing 1 tbsp Coconut oil in mouth for 15-20 mins after brush everyday. This removes bacteria and maintains healthy gums and teeth.
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