Have you noticed the boom in coconut oil? Learn what it’s all about!
Lately it seems the Coconut and specifically coconut oil is everywhere, and its popularity is only growing. Cosmetics like creams, oils, shampoos, conditioners and toothpastes are increasingly using coconut ingredients. It’s also becoming popular in the culinary world in soups, desserts, chips, chocolate bars and even coffee. You would be forgiven for thinking the humble coconut has suddenly invaded every aspect of your life.
Coconut usage isn’t a new phenomenon, however. It has long been recognized in Ayurvedic medicine in India for its nutritional and cooling properties, and has been used in everything from cuisine to beauty care for centuries. But does coconut have a use for everyone? Here’s a list of what we love about coconut oil and why you should be careful about its usage:
Uses of coconut and its oil:
Coconut can be used in many different ways while preparing your favorite dishes. Coconut oil can be used for cooking and frying. Your regular coffee cream can be replaced by coconut oil. Coconut milk is often added to soups, curries (my favorite Thai cuisine) and desserts.
Coconut oil nourishes and moisturizes very well, and it’s easily applied to the whole body. Consider mixing coconut oil with shea butter or cocoa butter to create a creamy and buttery consistency which improves skin nourishment. Pregnant women can also safely use it even twice a day to prevent stretch marks.
Coconut is also an effective body scrub. Just mix brown sugar with coconut oil and apply it all over your body for better exfoliation. Another method is to add a bit of coconut milk to your bath for soft and smooth skin. This is a good alternative for those who don’t use regular cow’s milk.
Hair oiling has been a well-established hair care technique in India and the Middle East for centuries. It is also becoming more and more popular in Western culture. To use coconut oil for hair care, simply massage it onto your scalp and spread it evenly over your hair. You can also mix coconut with other oils or Aloe Vera gel for more thorough nourishing.
Moreover, a study showed that applying coconut oil prevent protein loss in hair by reducing the amount of water absorbed during saturation. More you can check on Hair Loss Revolution with great hair tips.
Quick tip: Spread a small amount of coconut oil and apply it to hair ends. Not only will this help you avoid tangles and split ends, but also you will also end up with shiny hair and a beautiful coconut aroma.
Makeup and Cosmetic Remover
Coconut oil can safely remove even the toughest makeup. Just put a bit of warm coconut oil on your cotton pad before applying it. A good solution is to have a prepared container in advance where you keep cotton pads pre-soaked in coconut oil.
Before shaving apply oil on your legs for a smoother experience. Using coconut oil also helps to avoid post-shaving allergic reactions.
Coconut oil isn’t recommended for everyone, however. There are some situations where you should avoid using it as part of your skin and hair care routines.
Coconut products should be avoided by:
People with high porosity hair
People with high porosity hair have hair that is frizzy, broken, dry and tangled. They will not benefit from the hair care properties of coconut. Coconut oil is saturated oil, which does not go well with high porosity hair. Try olive or jojoba oil instead, as they are monounsaturated oils and will help with your high porosity hair.
People with very oily skin
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, but not for all. The comedogenic scale measures the likelihood that an oil will clog your pores, and coconut oil rates a 4 out of 5, which is very high. This means the chances it can clog your skin pores is very high. In my case, coconut oil works perfectly when applied to my body, but clogs my skin when applied on my face.
There do remain those people who use coconut oil on acne-prone skin and are happy with the results. Everybody’s skin is different it’s important to identify what products work best for you. So if you have oily skin and want to apply coconut oil on your face, try to test it on a small patch of skin first and wait for the results.
People irritated by the aroma
Yes, there is a small subset of people who don’t like the smell of coconut. It’s clear that if you can’t stand the smell, chances are slim that you would be able to tolerate applying this oil on your skin.
People with allergies
Coconut is a natural product and can cause allergies. Needless to say, please avoid using coconut products if you are allergic to them.
Coconut flesh, coconut oil and coconut milk have many different properties and uses. Are you using coconut in your daily beauty care routine or diet?