Virgin coconut oil is not just a healthy and delicious food. It is also a gift for the skin and summer is the best time to benefit from its qualities. We explain 14 ways to use it.
In general, vegetable oils and especially coconut oils are nourishing for the skin, as they provide the nutrients necessary to regenerate its structure, and prevent dehydration of the skin by forming a protective barrier.
They also protect the skin against external aggressions (pollution, smoke, cold, wind, sun, etc.)
Look for a good virgin coconut oil, preferably with organic certification. If it is solid, you just have to let it liquefy in your hands or heat it for a few seconds in a bain-marie.
COCONUT OIL IS IDEAL FOR SKIN AND HAIR.
The components of virgin coconut oil are able to penetrate the skin and improve its condition. They soften it, protect it and keep it hydrated. They also act on teeth, mucosa, hair or nails.
1. BEFORE SUNBATHING
Apply a small amount of coconut oil before exposing yourself to the sun. It is ideal if you are not going to be long or in the central hours of the day. Virgin coconut oil, without further additives, has a natural protection factor of 4.
2. AFTER THE BEACH
On the beach it is necessary to put on a certified natural protective cream with mineral filters. After the shower you can put the coconut oil to avoid dehydration of the skin and protect it thanks to its antioxidant compounds.
3. AS AN INSECT REPELLENT
Mix a little coconut oil with tea tree or citronella essential oil and apply it to the areas that mosquitoes like best.
4. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN BITTEN BY A MOSQUITO
Mosquito bites are practically inevitable. Putting a thin layer of coconut oil on top reduces the discomfort of itching and protects the area from dirt from bacteria. It is also useful in scratches and scrapes.
5. BEFORE DRY OR DAMAGED HAIR
Salt water from the sea and chlorine from the pool leave your hair scrubby. Put coconut oil on your hands and run it through your hair before jumping into the pool or diving into the sea.
You can also apply it after washing your hair, as a natural conditioner. Let it act for a minimum of 4 hours before rinsing it out.
6. BY SHAVING
Coconut oil is better than shaving foams. It is smoothing and hydrating, without the need for any chemical ingredient. But most importantly, it minimizes skin erosion .
7. PERFECT LIPS
The skin of the lips is very thin and sensitive to solar radiation. Run a finger moistened with coconut oil over them; It can mean the difference between dry and juicy lips.
8. A LUMINOUS COMPLEXION
Take advantage of the hydrating and antimicrobial properties to cleanse the face. You can moisten a cotton disc with the oil and clean your skin well. It is used to remove makeup.
9. AS A DEODORANT
You can apply it as is in the armpits or make a homemade deodorant stick. Mix 100 ml of each of the following ingredients: baking soda, coconut oil and cornstarch. Mix the baking soda and cornstarch first with a fork. Then gradually add the coconut oil until a paste forms.
10. TO EXFOLIATE THE SKIN
Mix a little coconut oil with sugar to create a body scrub with hydrating properties. In summer it is more necessary than ever to remove dead cells and all kinds of impurities that accumulate on the skin.
11. WRINKLE-FREE EYE CONTOUR
Specific products for the eye environment are not cheap and are often loaded with chemicals. Apply coconut oil every night before bed and in the morning, when you look in the mirror, you will see the surprise.
12. WHITER TEETH
Pour a drop of coconut oil on top of the toothpaste and brush as usual. The gums will suffer less with brushing and the surface of the teeth will appear cleaner.
13. HEALTHY NAILS
Some experienced doctors look at the nails to guess the patient’s general health. For your nails to be perfect and protected, rub a small amount on each cuticle. It will protect you from annoying infections.
14. OIL FOR A RELAXING MASSAGE
Convince your partner to a friend to give you a mutual massage. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or calendula are very nice and relaxing, for example) to the coconut oil and spread it generously on your partner’s shoulders and back . Knead the trapeziums well to undo any contracture.