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Coconut Oil For Your Skin

Written by Sindhu Eravelli

People have been slathering on coconut oil for hundreds of years.But now research is pushing up coconut oil in every area of skin care.It’s great for everything, from simple moisturization to healing scars and even helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles.In this article you are going to learn some useful ways of  including coconut oil in your beauty routine which makes your skin look great.

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LONG LASTING MOISTURE

One of the biggest problems people have with commercial lotions is that the product works well for an hour or two but then leaving the skin dry as it was before.There are many reasons why this is so.First,the primary ingredient in most of the lotions is water.So in a dry environment your the water gets absorbed and their will be no medium to hold on the lotion on your skin leaving your skin dry and pale.

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Another reason why your skin may feel drier after your lotion absorbs  is because it contains alcohol in one form or another.There are also some other chemicals used in lotions as preservatives and causes dryness and allergic reactions.

Remember that your skin is your largest organ. It’s porous and absorbs what you put on it. Parabens, alcohols, and hydrogenated oils that contain particles are all common ingredients that you routinely touch up onto your outer sponge. These may  be even absorbed into your bloodstream.

PROTECTION FROM VIRUSES,FUNGI AND BACTERIA

Your body’s first and most effective defense against infectious organisms is your skin; particularly the acidic layer of oil (aka sebum) that coats your skin.

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The layer of sebum on your skin consists of about 60 percent medium-chain fatty acids, but when you bathe, you wash much of that away, leaving your skin vulnerable. If you have a cut or some dry, cracked skin without the protective layer of sebum, it’s like you are welcoming anything that wants to enter in to your skin.

By applying the Coconut oil,it speed up the process of reestablishing the natural barrier.It also protects your skin from diseases and makes your skin look young and soft.

PSORIASIS AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS

Many people think that conditions such as Psoriasis is caused by lack of moisture or fungi.But it caused by your body inflammatory response,because our body is having  an allergic reaction to itself.Since Coconut is an anti-inflammatory it works great for these conditions.People who have used Coconut oil have seen reduction in many different disorders.

Just few of this disorders include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Acne

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Coconut is also works well for people who do not have specific skin conditions.Since it is an anti microbial that moisturize and soothes wherever you apply it.It can also be substituted in everyday cosmetics like:

  • Lip gloss
  • Sunscreen
  • Body scrub
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Anti-ageing cream

By simply substituting this plain virgin Coconut oil for many of these work wonderfully.

JUST A NOTE: Your body will be producing sweat and excess oil in response to chemicals and soap you use.It takes some time to your body to adjust to being back to your natural state.so you may experience some excess sweating and makes your skin and hair more oilier for up to two months after you stop using chemicals that strip natural oils from your body.

Here are some recipes that combine the power of Coconut oil to blend with other ingredients to make a product that is most effective and free from chemicals.

1.TROPICAL HEALING MASSAGE OIL

Coconut oil and Almond oil  are light and easily absorbed. Jojobo oil is bit waxier,so it is helpful in deep tissue massage.All the oils have healing and restorative properties and when you add Rose-hip and Ylang-Ylang oils makes tired and damaged skin to feel better.

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  • 2 ounces virgin Coconut oil
  • 2 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 2 ounces Jojoba oil
  • 1 1/2 ounces Rose-hip oil
  • 10 drops orange oil
  • 10 drops vanilla oil
  • 10 drops ylang-ylang oil

Blend all the ingredients together and store in a glass bottle at room temperature.It is also great as bath oil if you like.

2.RELAXATION MASSAGE OIL

Massage is as much a sensory experience as it is a physical therapy session.The combination of essential oil and Coconut oil will erase your tension and leave you relaxed.

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  • 2 ounces virgin Coconut oil
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 2 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 15 drops ylang-ylang oil
  • 15 drops sandalwood oil

Combine all the ingredients and store in a glass bottle.The life of this ingredients is long especially at room temperature.

3.BASIC HEALING COCONUT MOISTURIZER

One of the best things about coconut oil is its ability to penetrate the skin.Vitamin E is healing restorative that is excellent to chapped skin and even fresh scars and wounds but it needs fatty acids to unlock its lipid barrier so it can work.Coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids make it a great transporter, since it both dissolves the vitamin E for use and helps it penetrate the skin where it can work.

Vitamin-E-Capsule

  • 6 liquid vitamin E capsules
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

In a small glass bowl, poke a hole in the vitamin E capsules and squeeze them into the coconut oil. Stir to combine and slather onto your skin after you shower or whenever you’re feeling a little dry.This is great for dry spots too.

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