There’s no “one size fits all” beauty treatment that gives perfect results in every situation, but if anything comes close, it’s coconut oil. Completely natural, gentle, and environmentally friendly, it is a favorite of beauty fans across the world from Hollywood to rural India, and when you see what it can do for you, its fame isn’t surprising. Coconut oil has strong benefits for skin, nails, hair, and teeth, making this an excellent all-rounder to incorporate into your daily beauty routine.
Soft and Tender Skin
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that locks essential oils into your skin without causing greasiness. It is also full of antioxidants, which work to prevent skin damage at the cellular level, and these two properties work together to keep your skin looking younger and fresher while helping to stop wrinkles and lines. It is also excellent as a gentle balm to sooth mild irritation, such as that caused by a little too much sun, and its antibacterial and anti-fungal actions help prevent pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes. To use coconut oil on your skin, gently warm it to slightly above room temperature, and rub it carefully and lightly into clean skin, before dabbing off any excess.
Vital and Healthy Hair
Coconut oil has very high levels of vitamins E and K, as well as a high concentration of iron, making it an effective, nourishing deep conditioner for hair. Comb it lightly through you hair at room temperature, massaging it into your scalp as you go, and leave it to rest for half an hour before rinsing off with warm water. This treatment will leave your hair looking and feeling healthy, full of body, and with an attractive natural sheen. What’s more, the antibacterial and anti-fungal agents it contains will improve your overall scalp health and reduce dandruff.
Strong and Supple Nails
Coconut oil’s antifungal properties also make it a good choice for improving nail health. It strengthens the cuticles, and keeps your nails supple and strong as they grow, helping to prevent them getting ragged and chipped through daily wear and tear. Simply massage the oil into your nails using your hands, which has the added benefit of leaving your skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth.
Brighter, Healthier Teeth
A daily mouth rinse with coconut oil has been found to have solid benefits for teeth. The antibacterial qualities ward off decay, and over time will increase the strength of your dental enamel by reducing the build up of plaque. Not only does this improve dental health, it also has the happy side effect of gently whitening your smile without resorting to harsh chemical treatments.
Considering all these benefits, it’s not surprising that coconut oil is one of the hottest properties in modern beauty treatments. Whether you buy it as a pure oil, or ready-mixed into a range of specialist creams and lotions, once you see the difference it makes you’re sure to make it a mainstay of your daily beauty routine.