Coconut is used in a number of ways for beauty, health, skin and hair care. Coconut oil is extremely beneficial and essential for skin and hair care. It is used throughout the world but it is more popular in India.
Top five benefits of coconut oil for skin and hair
- Coconut oil can be used for hair
When coconut oil is applied to the scalp, it promotes healthy growth of hair. It acts as a tonic for hair. It is rich in nutrients. It regenerates hair by working on hair root. It stimulates hair follicles and nourishes the scalp. It helps in growing longer, softer, shinier and thicker hair.
To get the most benefits, use lukewarm oil on the scalp. Massage it on to your scalp gently using your finger. Start with hair root and moves towards the hair tips. After 10 – 15 minutes comb with wide tooth comb. Leave oil for half an hour and wash it off with warm water and shampoo. Never use too hot water while shampooing. Hot water damages hair roots.
- Coconut oil can be used for moisturizing
Coconut oil is very effective for hydration for dry skin. After having bath apply coconut on your body. Wipe off excess oil with a towel. It will give you smooth glowing skin. If your skin is normal, apply coconut oil in small quantity. If your skin is oily, applying coconut oil may not be a good idea. It is also good during winters and rainy season, but not during summers.
- Coconut oil can be used for deep conditioning
As said earlier it is a good source of nutrients. It is made up of 92 percent of fat. Fat provides nutrients which makes hair shiny. Because of rich nutrient content, it is a good choice for deep conditioning. Apply warm coconut oil on hair, wrap it up in a warm towel and leave it overnight. Wash it in morning. It nourishes the scalp throughout the night, hydrates the scalp and keeps dryness away.
If your hair is straying here and there, take a small amount of oil on your palm; massage it over hair and then comb. Though initially, they may seem greasy, after certain while hair will absorb the oil. This way they will not stray here and there.
- Coconut oil can be used for removing makeup
One of the natural qualities of coconut oil is that it is antifungal and antibacterial. Hence it makes great night time cleanser and moisturizer for face. Soak a bit of cotton in coconut oil and massage it all over your makeup face. Even waterproof mascara can be removed easily. Wash the residue with the cleanser. In case you have pimples or acne, avoid coconut oil.
- Coconut oil can be used for making body scrubber
Avoid packed, body scrubbers from local stores. You can make one at home using coconut oil. In a clean bowl mix coconut oil, demerara sugar (crunchy raw sugar) and few drops of vanilla essential oil. This scrub is ready to be applied. Scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and make it look fresh and supple.
Other than above-given things coconut oil has many more uses. Follow the above tips to make your hair thick and bouncy and your skin glow with radiance.