You may already love Nutiva’s Organic Coconut Oil in your baked goods, in your oatmeal, on pancakes, or when stir-frying vegetables, but did you know that coconut oil is as valuable in the bathroom as it is in the kitchen? This nutritional fat is as good for your skin and hair as it is for the inside of your body. I had no idea just how amazing this seed of a drupaceous fruit is!
Coconut lovers far and wide are incorporating the oil into their skin care regimen in part as a way to avoid the heavy chemicals found in most beauty products. “U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.”
Another reason to use coconut oil on your skin instead of drug store lotions is its soothing, protecting, and healing properties. Dr. Oz revealed on his show how people for centuries have used coconut oil to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Because virgin coconut oil contains lauric acid, Coconut Oil is naturally anti-fungal.
In addition to its purity and healing qualities, virgin coconut oil is an ideal beauty aid because it acts as an emollient, making skin smoother, softer and better hydrated. Because the melting point of virgin coconut oil is less than body temperature, it melts into your skin, feeling oily at first but then soaking in and leaving a shine. The Huffington Post reports, “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….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 .”
Don’t stop at your skin. Coconut oil is a superior hair conditioner, especially for wiry, unmanageable, or dry hair. People are also discovering coconut oil for use as soap, a shaving aid, deodorant, toothpaste, diaper ointment, and a personal lubricant. No matter what room in your house you intend to stock with coconut oil, obtain the highest quality product in order to obtain the greatest benefits and ensure its natural chemical makeup has not been changed by hydrogenation. Therefore, look for organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin, and unrefined coconut oil like Nutiva’s brand.