Coconut Oil: Beauty Full Option
Coconut oil has been gaining more and more attention recently as a natural beauty product that’s generally free of chemicals, solvents and pesticides. Truth be told, it’s already been used for centuries in tropical locales such as Polynesia and Southeast Asia to soften and protect skin and to give hair a rich, shiny luster.
Polynesian women are exposed daily to the hot, blistering sun and the chafing of the ocean breeze, yet they are frequently noted for having beautiful skin and hair. Coconut oil is likely one of the
reasons, as it helps protect skin not by “blocking” the sun, but rather by neutralizing UV rays with its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And while studies have shown that it
actually has an SPF rating of about 8, coconut oil allows the sun’s rays to enter the skin to produce vitamin D, which is so essential to good health.
Some Pacific Islanders and Asian peoples use coconut oil as a medicine, applying it like an ointment to heal burns, cuts and other injuries, as well as certain infections. I’ve personally seen
chronic skin problems that have persisted for years improve dramatically after a few weeks of using coconut oil.
Coconut oil acts like commercial creams and lotions by providing immediate relief to dry, chapped skin. It also heals and fortifies by acting as an antioxidant, protecting it from destructive free radicals that can damage and discolor your skin. It can help head off liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. By keeping connective tissues strong and supple, it also prevents the skin from sagging and wrinkling.