Extra virgin coconut oil is undoubtedly one of the most indispensable products you can have in your home. You can use it for many purposes, ranging from skin care to maintaining a healthy heart and stable blood sugar levels.
Yes, you read that sentence right, it is being used as a skin care product! What was once reserved only for culinary purposes is now being slathered and patted on faces, all in the hope of getting smoother, firmer, more supple, moisturized skin.
While it sounds a little… weird, there are many celebrities who swear by this kitchen staple (we’re looking at you, eternally youthful and gorgeous Kate Hudson) and if they trust it to give them glowing skin, who are we to argue?
2 benefits of extra virgin coconut oil
1. Can Be Use For Stretch Marks
If you’re on the fence about using a very common kitchen ingredient on your face, relax – there are many women who have raved about the positive effects of extra virgin coconut oil for their skin. In fact, a lot of pregnant women are already using coconut oil for stretch marks, and for good reason.
Pregnant women have to be extra careful of the products they use. They must double check that there are no ingredients that will harm her or the baby, and coconut oil fits the bill perfectly.
It is an all natural, inexpensive, accessible product that can help prevent the appearance of unsightly marks on the skin. You don’t need to go to specialty stores or spend an insane amount of money to purchase one – a trip to the nearest grocery store is usually all it takes.
2. Can Take Place Your Expensive Moisturizers
Using extra virgin coconut oil is easy and fuss-free and can take the place of your expensive moisturizers. Simply start with a clean face (use a gentle cleanser, you don’t want to strip your skin of essential oils!) then use a toner to really give your skin that squeaky clean feel. Again, it is important that you find one that has a gentle formulation, so that you don’t dry out your skin.
Using toner is important because it deep cleanses your skin and prepares your skin for the layer of moisture you will put after. Besides, very harsh toners can cause your skin to flare up – this is because when your skin gets dry, your oil glands work double time to produce oil, hence leading to breakouts.
When your skin is clean, simply apply a drop or two of extra virgin coconut oil on to your face, massaging gently in a circular motion. Don’t worry if it seems you put too much, it will get absorbed by your skin soon enough.
Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties, but apart from that, it is also known for giving users a healthy glow. You’ll wake up with skin that is really soft and smooth.
Of course, as with any product, give it time to work its magic – don’t expect dramatic effects after one use, although you will definitely see a difference. And because it is an organic product, there are no chemicals, so it might work a little slower than commercially available products. But don’t worry. Patience is a virtue, and if you keep up with this, you will definitely reap the benefits.
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