Have you always longed for smooth, healthy skin, and silky hair? Well I do and after years of trial and error and damaging my skin with chemical filled products, I finally caved in and decided to try the healthy alternative. Ummmm… why did I not jump on this bandwagon sooner? I have absolutely NO idea, but I am an Aries and we can be stubborn at times so forgive me okay? But now that I have educated myself a bit I save money, calories, and actually gain health benefits by using coconut oil as a part of my everyday routine. When used on your body or taken orally, virgin coconut oil helps keep skin soft and smooth. Its Vitamin E wonderfulness makes it a great anti-wrinkle, age defying cold cream for the eyes! Much research explains why many seem to say coconut oil is responsible for that and many more health benefits. It prevents diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
It also fights bacterial, fungal and viral infections of the skin and body. I going to be honest here, I have always suffered from having a bit of fungi grow on my toe nails, from injuries (but really being in denial as a kid that I had big feet and would stuff them into small shoes…) and once I incorporated coconut oil into my diet it has disappeared! It’s long gone. CAN YOU TELL HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS?!
If all of the benefits already mentioned aren’t up to par then let me just remind you about the constant struggle of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. I know firsthand how difficult and expensive transitioning into a healthy lifestyle can be. That makes discovering nutrient rich, organic and inexpensive items you can find in your local supermarket super valuable. Coconut Oil is the modern day remedy moms should use for literally EVERYTHING. Here are 5 amazing everyday POWERFUL uses for Coconut Oil:
You might have noticed that coconut oil turns into a creamy solid at room temperature (turns to liquid at 76 degrees). I personally like to soak my hair in coconut oil a few hours before my clarifying and deep conditioning routine ( link to this blog here). My hair has gained their curls back after years of dying and heating my hair! It has felt like a miracle especially after moving to Las Vegas in the super dry weather. *Tip- keep a jar of Extra Virgin Coconut oil in my bathroom and in my kitchen for easy access. Or if you prefer an “I’m fabulous and have no time, busy person, friendly version” simply shampoo and apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.
Letting go of fried foods is a very challenging task, but because there are a few exceptions to the rule, coconut oil makes giving up oily food a lot easier to bare. You won’t be able to tell the difference in taste but there definitely is a difference in calories!
3. Makeup Remover:
Once you dip a cotton ball into some of this baby and remove your toughest water-proof, black liner, and mascara you wonder why you’ve wasted so much time and money in searching for the perfect makeup remover. This is a chemical free, gentle, and nourishing beauty item that is in your kitchen RIGHT NOW. Do yourself the favor and just try it already. You’re welcome.
4. Face & Body Scrub:
When mixed with 1/3 organic brown sugar you have yourself a coconut powdered donut scrub going on in your bathroom. It is the perfect mixture you can create right in the shower without having to prep. Works amazing as a lip scrub, face, and body exfoliator once a week for a deep but gentle cleansing.
5. Massage Oil:
Massage Massage Massage! Massage it on your scalp to promote hair growth. Massage it on your face as you are removing makeup or as you exfoliate facial massages is are coffee for the skin, it makes everything come alive. Massage your body (or someone else, hehe) for some much needed TLC.
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