During quarantine, regular spa guests find themselves at home without their routine care. So how does one get their regular treatment at home? Innovative minds have taken it upon themselves to grab arms in their homes with coconut oil to make their living space more tranquil than ever.
Coconut oil is a fantastic resource in the kitchen but it also works wonders for your hair, skin, and nails. According to a 2018 report, coconut oil has moisturizing agents that work with anti-inflammatory properties to help promote open wound healing. Compared to other plant oils, coconut oil was found to help heal skin aging, have anti-bacterial repair, antioxidants, and repair the skin barrier. Coconut oil is easily absorbed by the skin and that is what makes it such a wonderful moisturizer for the face and body. Pure or “virgin” “unrefined” coconut oils will more easily be absorbed by the skin than refined coconut oils.
So skin absorbs coconut oil but what about hair? A 2003 study suggests that coconut oil aided in the reduction of protein loss found in hair that was both undamaged and damaged by beauty routines. When compared with other oils, coconut oil was the only one that was able to deeply nourish the hair thus preventing protein loss. In other words, because of its chemical makeup, coconut oil is the ultimate moisturizing hair mask. Smothering your hair with coconut oil before washing can help prevent damage when your hair is wet. Masking your hair after the wash can promote healthy smooth and shining hair. Simply, coconut oil is a moisturizer that also protects your hair from breakage. Grabbing coconut oil from the cabinet is a great resource for your hair mask and skin moisturizing needs.
Get bikini-ready for the beach with a coconut oil sugar scrub. Body wax experts recommend coconut oil sugar scrubs as a preventative measure against ingrown hairs. As discussed earlier, coconut oil acts as a moisturizer while the sugar gently removes dead skin cells without irritating the skin. To make your own sugar coconut oil scrub at home mix coconut oil with double the amount of sugar. Being a 2:1 ratio means a half cup of oil should be mixed with one cup of sugar. For those that want Amazon Prime service, recommended coconut scrub brands are Kopari, Herbivore, and Eminence. For those who would rather have a coconut tropical craft night follow Heidi’s 10-minute Pina Colada recipe below.
As discussed above, coconut oil is easy to absorb and it’s gentle for sensitive skin. Most massage therapists recommend organic high-grade coconut oil because it will leave the least amount of residue on the skin once the massage is finished. No one likes to feel greasy after a massage. Coconut oil reinforced the lipid barrier of your skin and keeps your skin hydrated. An additional perk is its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that will help alleviate the skin of impurities such as acne and other harmful bacteria. There are claims that cellulite and stretch marks also can be healed by this miraculous oil. To purchase the best coconut oil for massages, look for the terms “raw,” “virgin,” or “unrefined.” For romance, self-care, or moisturizing, take a scoop of coconut oil, melt it in your hands, and rub it over the massaging area until it is absorbed.
Spa-goers typically see the dentist for this one but it’s a beauty hack all the same to brighten your teeth. Oil pulling is an ancient method used to clean your mouth and supposedly boosts oral health. For this practice, one starts by taking a tablespoon of coconut oil or other edible oils and swishing it around the mouth for 15-20 minutes. Then, spit the oil out into a trash can. DO NOT SWALLOW. The oil has pulled bacteria from your mouth for the last quarter of an hour and you don’t want that bacteria in your stomach. If a spoonful of coconut oil seems unappealing to you then try flavored Mint, Pina Colada, or Vanilla coconut oil from Kopari or Keeko.
Unicorn of Weight Loss Tactics
In recent years, hot lemon water, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar gummies hit the spotlight as miracle weight-loss tactics. Now, saturated fat derived from coconut oil is a fan favorite for people that are on the Keto diet. Depending on the brand, the famed MCT oil is Keto, Paleo, and Vegan friendly. Most MCTs, medium-chain triglycerides, are easy to break down, quick to digest, and absorbed by the body once consumed. Ingesting MCT oil is typically used as a rapid fat-burn supplement. Adding coconut oil to your morning coffee or lunchtime salad may be a fun way to add a tropical taste to your morning ritual and promote fat burn. Those people that want a more concentrated source of pure C8 MCT oil can purchase brands like Brain Octane, Brain Brew, and Internationally Bare.
Coconut miracle or magic?
Sparkles and rainbows may not be jumping out of the jar when you open it but you can still enjoy the many benefits of coconut oil while you have yourself a spa day. Tell me what you think in the comments below! Do you think you’ll try all or one of these?
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