If you are a Nigerian, the very mention of coconut reminds you of the delicious ‘coconut rice’ delicacy; but globally, it is known as a delicious tropical fruit and its oil is used for cooking.
Do you know coconut oil also comes with some beauty benefits? Yes. You heard right, beauty benefits!
Coconut oil can be used as skin moisturizer, facial cleanser, anti aging, lip balm etc. Its beauty benefits are enormous.
Helps to hydrate dry skin when applied liberally all over the body. As an after shave, it soothes the skin.
Dr Axe opine that Coconut oil has, as its bonus “natural SPF(sun protection factor) and is great to protect your skin from sun damage, but advise that, if you decide to apply the oil underneath your feet, you should do so, outside of the tub to avoid slipping.
It also contains protective antioxidants that can neutralize free radical damage and prevent injury to the skin, reducing the risk of wrinkles and skin diseases.
Using coconut oil as a facial cleanser is healthier than the many synthetic chemical products most people are accustomed to.
Why, you may ask? Because it contains anti- fungal and antibacterial properties , which may be beneficial for atopic dermatitis (eczema). Coconut oil cleanses your face thoroughly, with a little dab on the eye, even the most stubborn mascara will be removed with ease. Dr Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine explains that; unlike commercial eye make-up remover, coconut oil will not sting or irritate your eyes, but will rather help hydrate around them.
Using coconut oil as a lip balm is very safe and healthy, unlike commercial lip balm which are packed with unhealthy and potentially toxic ingredients.
The healing properties of coconut oil help to nourish the lips, and provides a touch of sun protection says Dr Axe.
From the above, you can see that coconut oil is not only useful in the kitchen but also as beauty products, which helps to moisturize the skin and also act as great make-up remover, etc.
So from now henceforth, recognize your coconut oil in the kitchen as a natural beauty multi-tasker.
By Vera Aigbonoga