June 19, 2015

Using Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for Hair and Skin Treatment

Refined Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

So the word has gotten around that virgin coconut oil is somewhat of a miracle worker, being capable of both making you healthier and look fabulous. However, in this modern day and age, us the consumers have become much more vigilant when hearing about these so-called miracles.

After all, countless fads have come and gone, each one claiming to be the ultimate solution to all our problems. Contrary to these other fads though, coconut oil seems to have stuck around for some time now, and at this point it's worth digging a little deeper and seeing what lies beneath the surface. And that's exactly what we're going to do: look at the facts behind coconut oil.

What Coconut Oil is Made From

  • Proteins: Coconuts themselves contain a rather large amount of proteins, and it seems that the same goes for the oil that comes out of it. For those who remember their biology classes, proteins contribute to maintaining the body's health in a number of ways, including tissue repair and the replacement of damaged cells. Basically, increasing the number of proteins in your body helps it to heal better.
  • Saturated Fats: Being what it is, coconut oil should be expected to have a high content of saturated fats, and those are predominantly medium chain fatty acids. When applied to the skin, these fats help it to retain its moisture, and when ingested they deposit themselves under the skin, giving a healthier and more rejuvenated appearance.
  • Vitamin E: As it turned out, coconut oil was found to have a large amount of vitamin E, a well-known suspect in the world of skin care. It is an essential vitamin for the body to maintaining, growing and repairing skin, nourishing it, keeping it smooth and protecting it from cracking and wrinkling.
  • Capric, Lauric and Caprylic acids: Though they do not exactly differentiate all that much from the saturated fats found in the coconut oil, these are worth mentioning on their own for their powerful anti-disinfectant properties as well as their ability to increase good cholesterol levels. As a matter of fact, a 2004 research at the University of California-Davis that infections in children were correlating strongly enough with low levels of good cholesterol. These acids will basically help us stay healthier all-around.

So this about covers the main ingredients you are going to find in coconut oil, and unless there is some sort of conspiracy about, the list actually looks pretty reassuring. I do have to warn you though that ingredients can change depending on who provides you the coconut oil. Only brands that claim to be virgin or extra virgin coconut oil should be considered because you can be certain they have no additives.

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Coconut Oil and Skin Care

Now let us go forward and have a look at how coconut oil can be of use for those of us looking to have a better skin.

  • Softening: Many of us tend to use a bunch of different creams to keep our skin soft, especially the face, the hands and feet, perhaps depending on how lucky you are in terms of climate. Due to its moisturizing ingredients, coconut oil can be rubbed on whichever part of the skin is affected to help it stay smooth and healthy. Of course, you have to use it daily for a week or two before you'll see whether or not the results are worth your time... unfortunately, there is no way to get around that. You could always try mixing the oil with other exfoliating agents (certain salts and sugars) to greatly accelerate its effects.
  • Lip Balm: Cracked lips may not be the end of the world alright, but they are a specific type of discomfort all on their own, and for some of us, embarrassment. I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly crazy about applying some chemical mixtures to my lips, right on the doorstep to my mouth and the rest of my body. Coconut oil actually seems to be an ideal replacement, mainly once again because of its moisturizing abilities... and of course, it isn't a toxic chemical.
  • Skin Medicine: This may be a bit of a touchier subject because people seem to be of mixed opinions on it so far, and the studies in regards to the subject are still ongoing. Though some people with skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis have reported benefits, I have to stress that it shouldn't be taken as scientific evidence, for there are always outliers. The few materials that do exist on the subject attribute these benefits to the coconut oil's high protein content, which helps the body to heal faster.
All in all, though hair treatment may not be its main calling, extra virgin coconut oil can certainly become a favorite tool in your hair care arsenal.

Coconut Oil in Your Food

As I mentioned it before, the amount of scientific studies surrounding coconut oil is still fairly limited, meaning that even though we know a lot about it, there is undoubtedly much more left to learn. Still, we know that it can be used as an alternative oil when it comes to cooking, whether you are looking to make a sautee or bake a cake. Now, the thing is that it's still oil we're talking about, meaning that it is very high in saturated fats and too much of it will certainly prove harmful.

Substituting coconut oil in your diet won't exactly make the pounds start dropping off you, but many people have reported a reduced waist size after including it in their regime. So long as you eat it sparsely, you'll find that ultimately it is a healthier and maybe even a tastier alternative to what you've been using all this time.

Using and Choosing Your Coconut Oil

The proper way of using coconut oil will ultimately depend on what you intend on using it for. For instance, if you are going to be using it for skin care, chances are that you'll find yourself simply rubbing a bit of the heated oil once or twice a day on the areas you think need it the most. On the other hand, if you elect to use it for hair treatment, you may be called upon to create mixtures based on the coconut oil, adding some ingredients to it like egg yolk or honey. Keep in mind that good extra virgin coconut oil will be easy to manipulate and come with instructions on how to use it, so that part shouldn't worry you too much.

Last, but not least, it's important to give a few-sentences-long crash course on choosing a coconut oil. Perhaps one day I will be dedicated and rich enough to extract my own oil from hand-picked coconuts, but that day is still ahead for most of us I imagine. The amount of brands we have to choose from doesn't exactly help our case, so just make sure that first of all, most people who reviewed the product had positive things to say about it. And second of all, make sure the label indicates that it is natural or organic virgin coconut oil we're talking about, because that means you'll get the real deal, no impurities or additives. Best of luck to you all!

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