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Is coconut oil good for you

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Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular these days and has a wide range of uses. A huge number of beauty products include coconut oil as one of the main ingredients to promote healthy hair and skin. But is coconut oil good for you, or is it merely hype? Read on to discover the benefits of coconut oil.

Go for the Natural Glow

One of the great things about coconut oil is that it is completely natural and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals that feed the skin. People who suffer from dry skin due to sun exposure are likely to find that directly applying coconut oil after sunbathing will undo the damage and prevent their skin from aging prematurely. Coconut oil can also be applied before sunbathing to help lock in moisture and allow the skin to tan naturally.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin

The smooth and light texture of coconut oil leaves the skin feeling fully hydrated, while it also boasts a natural scent that is very appealing. People who want to give their skin a new lease of life can rub coconut oil onto their skin after a shower and it will be absorbed into the skin very quickly and easily, leaving it feeling supple and soft. Coconut oil also works wonders on sore and chapped lips and is often found in natural lip balms in its solidified form, or you can simply take some of the oil and rub it into your lips any time when they are feeling a little dry.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

People who have wild and unruly hair are sure to find that rubbing a little coconut oil into their locks will help to tame their mane. Coconut oil can be used to produce natural waves for people who have curly hair, without the greasiness that many kinds of hair care products supply. While for a more intensive treatment, simply rub some coconut oil into the roots of the hair and sit in a sauna for a few minutes.

Enjoy Enhanced Oral Hygiene with Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a relatively new health craze that is designed to eliminate lingering bacteria from the mouth and generally boost oral health. It can be used in much the same way as mouthwash, as users swish a small amount of coconut oil around their mouth for fifteen minutes in the morning to pull the bacteria from their mouth and leave it fresh and clean. After fifteen minutes, simply spit the oil into the sink and then rinse the mouth with water. You may be surprised by the amount of bacteria and discolouration that this technique removes.

Safe and Hassle Free Shaving

It is time to banish harsh and pungent shaving lotions and foams and opt for a more natural solution. Coconut oil can serve as the perfect shaving companion that provides a close and smooth shave as well as leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and completely moisturised afterwards.

Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

About Author

Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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