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1 / 6 The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair and Skin
There’s a reason why coconut oil for hair and skin is so trendy these days. From taming frizzy hair to moisturizing dry, flaky skin to keeping your heels smooth and fungus-free, this natural ingredient has a wide range of beauty-boosting and healing properties.
Coconut oil is used in a variety of hair and skincare products including cosmeceuticals, cosmetic products that have drug-like benefits and are intended as a bridge between the physician’s office and traditional cosmetics. While all drugs undergo a premarket review and approval by the FDA, cosmetics do not have to fulfill this requirement. Though the FDA considers cosmeceuticals to be cosmetics, many of these products have actions similar to drugs, as they effectively prevent skin changes and some skin disease with their active ingredients.
Along with canola oil, petrolatum, and mineral oil, coconut oil is commonly used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals to calm itchy, dry skin and moisturize as a creamy, lotion-like oil. When buying coconut oil, it is recommended that you look for 100 percent coconut oil in solid form. Here’s how to get the benefits of coconut oil at home:
- How to use coconut oil for hair: Use as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Just rub a small amount of coconut oil into the dry hair and let it do its work for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. You can also tame the frizzies. Rub ½ teaspoon coconut in your hair after styling. The oil will calm down dryness and the frizzies and give your hair a wonderful fragrance.
- How to use coconut oil for skin: Moisten dry lips. Rub coconut oil on your lips and then rinse it off. Coat again with the oil to keep lips moist and soft. Also, fight fungus on your feet. Did you know that coconut oil has natural anti-fungal properties? It makes a great moisturizer for your legs, feet and heels. Use it daily to keep your feet smooth and prevent foot fungus.
“Look for extra-virgin coconut oil that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, or refined in any way or [has] any fragrance or dyes added to it,” advises Audrey Kunin, MD, a dermatologist and the creator of the DermaDoctor skin-care line. So, check the label before buying a bottle — it should say that no fragrances, flavors, or coloring have been added. Heal dry skin, strengthen weak hair, and reap the beauty benefits of coconut oil and more with these easy at-home coconut oil treatments.