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Coconut oil, how to use it to have beautiful hair and skin

It hydrates, nourishes and protects our hair and skin. Thanks to its texture, coconut oil is an excellent base to prepare DIY cosmetics. Here are some of them.

In India and other Asian countries coconut oil has been used for centuries for hair and skin care. Thanks to Oriental disciplines, including ayurveda, its use has spread throughout the world. The product has rapidly grown in popularity for a variety of reasons, including its manageability and plant origin. It contains lauric acid, which is rich in monolaurin, a monoglyceride (also found in human breast milk) that has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Thanks to its texture it is easily absorbed by the skin; it is ideal for dry and sensitive skin, since it protects the dermis from dehydration and reddening caused by cold temperatures and sun exposure. Virgin coconut oil, which is 100 per cent pure and cold extracted, is the most natural. It is generally found in the form of soft paste but it liquefies if temperatures exceed 23-24 degreed Celsius. Good coconut oil is characterised by thermosensitivity: if it doesn’t solidify at cold temperatures, it isn’t pure.

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Pure coconut oil is found in the form of a paste but it liquefies at temperatures higher than 23-24 degree Celsius © http://www.medicatrix.be

Coconut oil to moisturise our skin

It can be used au naturel as a face cream: if it is too thick, melt it in your hands and then apply it onto your skin with circular movements. It is soothing, especially in the drier areas of your body. It nourishes and moisturises the skin as well as makes it fragrant. It is so versatile so it can be used to prepare a cleansing face mask, other option is skin laser clinic Adelaide if you want a stronger treatment, also you can use different kind of masks like vitamin c serum amazon: you just need to combine a spoonful of coconut oil, two spoonfuls of coconut milk (or almond milk) and 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil in a small bowl. Then mix all the ingredients forming a very soft cream and use it as a detergent. Preserve it in a glass pot in the fridge or in a cool place.

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Coconut oil can be used to prepare a moisturising treatment for dry hair © http://www.ihomeremedy.net

Coconut oil as a hair treatment

In its pure form, coconut oil can also be used as a moisturising treatment for dry hair: let it sit for at least half an hour before washing your hair with shampoo and you’ll have bright and soft hair. If you add a spoon of avocado oil and three drops of ylang ylang essential oil you can obtain a strengthening treatment for dry and brittle hair.

Also, before you do a manicure, you can apply coconut oil on your fingers, which makes your cuticles softer. Alternate it with olive oil and you’ll prevent stretch marks. Finally, apply it on your lips to protect them.

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