You may think of coconut oil as nothing more than a by-product of the fruit. But this naturally derived oil has been used for thousands of years to hydrate the skin and hair and fight inflammation. “Most recently, coconut oil has gained superstar status due to its ability to protect against free radicals and for its reparative and anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Eminence Organic Skin Care. As if that weren’t enough, the fatty acid–rich oil is big in beauty, making its way into everything from skin-care and hair-care products to makeup and beyond.
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Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo mixes proteins, pure coconut oil and amino acids together for a thick, lathering hair cleanser that softens, protects and provides shine. Safe to use on all hair types, strands are left with just the right amount of volume and bounce for a pretty and full look.
With its coconut oil base and fresh scent, Kat Burki Glossy Lip Treatment is a reparative rollerball (you can control how much product is dispensed) lip gloss and treatment in one that works to stimulate circulation in the lips and leave them with a high-shine finish.
Providing all-day moisture without being greasy, Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème uses coconut oil and almond coconut milk to give skin optimum hydration with a warm cinnamon-vanilla scent. The whipped soufflé also provides skin with a healthy dose of vitamins A, C and E.
Tela Hair Gloss, $32
This USDA certified organic hair gloss eliminates frizz, restores moisture and detangles. Just how does Tela Hair Gloss accomplish all that? Coconut oil of course! Combined with acai and argan oils, the coconut oil-based mane-fixer provides heat-styling protection and can also help soothe a dry scalp.
Lock-in moisture and strengthen locks to prevent breakage with a the blend of Monoi, plum seed, rose hip and coconut oils in Carol’s Daughter Manoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum. Silicone, paraben and petroleum-free, this serum strengthened heat-styled and color-treated hair by up to 92 percent in clinical tests.
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