Stop Using Water Based Moisturizers Which Dry Your Skin! Coconut Oil is Here
Coconut Oil commonly gets namedropped as the latest super-good-for-you miracle product. A year ago we'd barely heard of coconut oil. Not something we were putting on our face. Not yet at least.
"...Coconut oil is better than the average face moisturizer. And hair Serum. And body lotion: Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. (emphasis added) Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cells on the skin's surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair."
Rub a dime-sized amount (a little goes a long way) of coconut oil on to dry ends to hydrate and tame frizzy flyaways. On your face, apply as you would your normal moisturizer. While it tends to have a greasier consistency (at first), it's fantastic at absorbing quickly into skin. A spoonful is enough to hydrate your entire body; swap it in for your current lotion.
What to look out for when purchasing your first jar: "Look for extra virgin, that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized.
Organic is preferable. Coconut oil is best consumed in moderation, in its virgin or unprocessed form. It is also good for your health. It is vital that we consume coconut oil in a totally unrefined state. If it has been refined in some way, which could include processes such as bleaching or deodorizing, it becomes much harder on our liver.
The good news is that with the oil's growing popularity you can find it pretty easily -- from Whole Foods to the Vitamin Shoppe to Amazon.
How to properly store: "You don’t have to refrigerate it. I keep some next to my bed, and also a separate bottle in the kitchen in the cupboard. If you store below 76 degrees Fahrenheit it will solidify, and above that temperature it will liquefy."
It's also a fantastic cooking ingredient: "If there is a dish that you would like to cook with a small amount of oil, coconut oil is a great choice because it has a higher smoke point than other oils. In other words, because it is nearly a completely saturated fat, it is much less susceptible to heat-induced damage and will stay stable at higher temperatures. It’s also great in baking. While coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is cholesterol free and trans-fatty acid free and has actually been shown to help lower cholesterol levels due to its ability to stimulate thyroid function."
Supermodel Miranda Kerr is a big fan of coconut oil, and adds it to her salads and in her green tea. She sees the effects by way of shiny hair and breakout-free skin.
Coconut oil's origins: "In parts of the world, using coconut oil on your hair and skin has been an ancient practice."
Coconut Oil is definitely here to stay, and has amazing uses, especially as a moisturizer. I couldn't believe what was said about moisturizers that are water based and actually dry out your skin. That's when I switched to coconut oil moisturizer. I ordered Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Lotion-unscented, 8 oz., $14.50 and eligible for free shipping, although I didn't order $25 and had to pay $5.95 in shipping.(5 stars, 8 reviews) from Amazon, and I am very pleased with the results. I first wash my face with Philosophy Purity with my Clarisonic so the cocunut oil will be absorbed deeper. Then I apply a teeny amount to my face, which does not feel greasy, and it absorbs quickly, leaving my skin very soft and supple.
I did some research for you as toother places you can buy it.
www.vitacost.com/CoconutOil, 11, 089 reviews with 5 stars. Free shipping on orders over $49, $10 coupon for first time orders.
Target.com, 4 stars from 1,390 reviews
www.drugstore.com 41/2 stars by 29, 193 reviews
www.care2.com/greenliving/6-healthy-uses-for-coconut-oil.html. They list 6 healthy uses for coconut oil:
1. Skin Care. The fat in the oil helps reduce appearance of wrinkles (emphasis added) without any irritation. It helps skin conditions like eczema and others. They have a recipe for an inexpensive honey and coconut oil moisturizer. Visit the site for the recipe.
6. Hair Care
I hope you find this information helpful, Total Beauty Members.
Carole Von Allten