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Uses of Coconut Oil On Your Hair, Skin; and Doctors answers to FAQ

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How To Use Coconut Oil On Your Hair, Skin;

“Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which makes it useful in treating the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

These fatty acids include linoleic acid (which can be beneficial for acne-prone skin and up to 50% lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial), he says.

‘We use coconut oil in the majority of our products with the exception of our powders and skin beauty oils’, due to its exceptionally high levels of lauric and caprylic acid (second to human breast milk). These acids are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral.

Studies show that coconut oil improves skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fights the signs of skin aging, and makes an effective moisturizer, per a 2018 review of research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Coconut oil for hair

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1. Deep condition.

Hair conditioners often contain coconut oil because it easily penetrates the strands and can even prevent protein loss. “I use coconut oil for hair and on my skin for deep conditioning,” says Tasneem Bhatia, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, and owner of CentreSpringMD in Atlanta, GA. Apply a quarter-sized dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, rinse with a gentle shampoo.

2. Create a DIY hair mask.

Soften locks with a spa-worthy hair mask. Mix 3 to 5 tablespoons of organic, refined coconut oil (in its liquid state) with some GLB hair growth oil. Massage onto hair and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo out.

3. Tame frizz.

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If you struggle with taming your hair, coconut oil can definitely help. Rub a small bit of coconut oil and GLB hair butter between the pads of your fingers and run through particular frizzy and dry areas to leave hair looking smooth and polished. As an alternative to straight oil, you can also use frizz-fighting serums that contain coconut oil to nourish and strengthen hair.

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4. Add shine.

Smooth a tiny amount of organic coconut oil onto the ends of your hair to add a little shine if you have dark hair. Remember that a dab will do you—any more than that and your hair might appear greasy.

5. Minimize dandruff.

Coconut oil can help lower the levels of yeast on the skin that drive inflammation, flaking, and itching associated with dandruff, says Dr. Zeichner. Try minimizing the problem with an ultra-moisturizing coconut oil treatment: Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil on the stove over a low flame. Once it liquifies, immediately remove it from the stove, so it doesn’t become too hot. Then, massage the oil into your scalp. If you have any leftover oil, you can use it to coat the rest of your hair. Let the oil sit on your scalp for 30 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo. (A shower cap will contain the mixture and prevent it from dripping on you while you wait.)

If coconut oil doesn’t seem to do the trick, go for a dandruff shampoo like GLB shampoo, which contains yeast-fighting.

Coconut oil for face

coconut oil for skin

6. Use as a first step face wash.

Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing, many women swear by its use as a nighttime moisturizer for their faces, too. Try the oil cleansing method: Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, cleanse gain with your favorite gentle face wash to ensure all the residue is rinsed away.

7. Create a DIY face mask.

What better way to pamper yourself than with a DIY face mask? Try this healing mask from the blog She Can’t Eat What?, which utilizes turmeric (known for its anti-inflammatory properties), lemon juice (to brighten with vitamin C), raw honey (which can help treat acne), and melted virgin coconut oil for extra hydration. Apply to a clean face, leave on for at least 15 minutes, and relax!

8. Remove eye makeup.

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Oil

FAQ coconut oil

1. What Coconut Oil Should I Use?

Always check the packaging; you don’t want coconut oil with any additives in. Saying that you can use the stuff they sell in supermarkets, just check what you’re getting! you can buy here

We recommend recommends using ‘pure, extra virgin raw coconut oil as it’s totally natural and more gentle on your hair and scalp.’

2.How Can You Use Coconut Oil On Your Skin?

‘There are lots of ways to use coconut oil, from lip balm, as a temporary skin soother, hair mask, nail hydration, body moisturizer, mouth wash, and skin cleansing’, says facialist Debbie Thomas.

3.Coconut oil as a cleanser…

‘I would use coconut oil as a make-up remover rather than a cleanser,’ says Thomas. ‘Once you’ve thoroughly massaged the oil into your skin, remove with a flannel/muslin cloth before doing your second cleanse with a skin type-specific cleanser. This gives the skin time to reap some of the positive benefits of the oil without the negative side effects of leaving it coating the skin.’

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4. Can Coconut oil be used on your body…

‘I mainly use coconut oil on my body as the skin there is less reactive than your face. My favorite place to use it is my feet because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. I also massage it into my nails and cuticles. Apply the coconut oil after a shower, when your skin is still damp, to trap some of the moisture in.’

5.Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Hair?

Pro Answer: Yes and no…

Consultant trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver says, ‘Coconut oil is an excellent hair moisturizer but can be a little difficult to wash out in its raw form. Liquid coconut is easier to work with and better as a deep scalp moisturizer, rather than a hair moisturizer.

‘Coconut oil is intensely moisturizing and is particularly good on naturally curly or naturally dry hair rather than chemically damaged hair.’

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6. Is Coconut Oil Comedogenic? (Pore Blocking)

Pro Answer: Yes

‘All oils if used excessively can be comedogenic’, says Dr Frances Prenna Jones, ‘so people with acne-prone skin should avoid using it.’

‘Coconut oil is very comedogenic’, says Debbie Thomas, ‘On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the worst) coconut oil is a 4. This means it’s likely to cause blockages and blackheads. Not everyone will get congestion but if you are prone to blemishes and congestion I would avoid regular use on the face.’

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7. Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Scalp?

Pro Answer: Yes

According to Jason Collier, ‘Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties which can help to eradicate dandruff and keep your scalp healthy and hydrated.’

8. How Do You Use Coconut Oil On Your Hair?

Coconut oil as a hair mask ‘If your hair is particularly dry or damaged, using the oil as an overnight mask is a great way to rehydrate the strands and give your hair a makeover.

‘Warm a few tablespoons of oil in the microwave and then apply through the hair, paying particular attention to the mid-lengths and ends. Then pop on a shower cap and head off to bed – you’ll wake with unbelievably soft hair. Just be sure to use a deep-cleansing shampoo in the morning to rinse out the residue.’

9. Can Coconut oil be used as a serum…

‘Coconut oil used sparingly on dry hair works as an excellent silicone-free serum and it doesn’t build up like commercial serums’, says trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver.

10. How Much Coconut Oil Should You Use?

Pro Answer: Not too much!

‘Coconut oil is quite a heavy product and you only want to use enough to condition the hair. Using too much will weigh down the hair and can make it look greasy if you’re not careful’, says Jason Collier.

‘Long, thick or coarse hair can withstand up to three tablespoons of oil, but finer or shorter hair should only use around a tablespoon to avoid overloading the hair.’

11. Can Coconut Oil Help Your Hair Grow?

Pro Answer: Yes and no…

‘Coconut oil can’t directly improve growth unless you suffer from a dry scalp condition, in which case, it could help hair grow healthier by improving your scalp health,’ says trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver.

Any Secret Tips Or Tricks For Using Coconut Oil?

‘I like to use coconut oil for baby diaper rash and a stimulating head massage’, says Jason Collier. ‘Not only does it de-stress and unwind your mind after a long day, but it can also help to boost hair growth. It promotes circulation to the scalp, which means that more oxygen and nutrients will be directed to your hair follicles.

‘Warm a few tablespoons of oil and then apply to the scalp, massaging into the roots and smoothing the excess down into the lengths. Spend at least ten minutes massaging the oil in for a healthy scalp and glossy hair.’

Conclusion

I am happy you read to this point, hope you enjoyed the articles and tips we shared. we would love to know your thoughts in the comment section. The oil derived from coconuts has a number of emerging benefits for your health. In order to get the most out of it, make sure to choose organic, virgin coconut oil rather than refined versions.

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