11 Beauty Reasons Why You Need Coconut Oil

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 éminence 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.

Behind The Benefits
1. Nourishes the scalp
2. Heals breakouts
3. Antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal
4. Encourages healthy hair growth
5. Acts as an antioxidant
6. Plumps and firms the skin
7. Offers anti-inflammatory benefits
8. A source of healthy fat for the diet
9. Moisturizes and adds elasticity

Insider Tip: Coconut oil is one of the best natural hair helpers since it moisturizes, nourishes, adds shine and promotes healthy hair growth.

Coconut Oil to Your Diet
Pros:
Studies have shown that regular consumption (no more than about two tablespoons daily) of the oil helps inhibit weight gain and decreases abdominal fat.

Regular consumption of coconut oil increases your metabolism 
and ups your energy levels for better endurance.

Cons:
Celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson says that coconut oil contains saturated fat, lauric and myristic acids (fatty acids), antioxidants 
and trace amounts of iron and vitamins E and K. “One tablespoon 
has 117 calories, so your daily intake should be limited.”

Not all types are the same. Some are refined, hydrogenated or contain GMOs (meaning they are processed), while others are 
virgin. “Virgin coconut oil is extracted from the fruit of fresh, mature coconuts without using high temperatures or chemicals, so it’s 
considered unrefined,” says Simpson. “Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat that’s often chemically bleached and deodorized. There’s also partially hydrogenated coconut oil that’s even further processed, which you want to stay away from.”

Can Coconut Oil Fight Cellulite?
Many products promise to improve cellulite but few deliver. We’ve heard that coconut oil may be helpful in the fight against cellulite when ingested orally since it revs up the fat-burning process and releases stored toxins. While there is still no scientific proof that coconut oil is the secret weapon to getting rid of cellulite for good, New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD, says that massaging the oil into cellulite-dimpled areas may help improve lymphatic drainage and hydration to improve the appearance of the surface of the skin.

Superfood Wonder
Made from organically harvested Balinesian coconuts, Indah Extra Virgin Coconut Oil works double-duty to do away with dry skin when applied topically, while boasting some serious superfood abilities when used for cooking. $15, indah.com.au

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7 Comments
  • María Atchison
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    I'm a skeptical about ingesting coconut oil due to the high amount of saturated fat. I know those who use it in cooking & also take a Tbsp a day. I use it as an eye makeup remover, but I've not made the leap to ingestion. I'd rather ingest organic flaxseed oil.

  • Rhonda
    Posted on

    Just when you have painted with a paint that can only be removed from you skin (and brushes) with turpentine, goof-off, or something similar... COCONUT OIL removes it with very little rubbing! Now I dont worry if I am a messy painter, lol.

  • Patricia
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    I've been using organic extra virgin coconut oil for years. I put a table spoon in my protein shake every morning along with a high quality protein powder,and then add organic Chia seeds, blue berries and a half of a banana blend with water and ice cubes and it keeps me full for hours. Use the oil on veggies and sweet potatoes very healthy and yummy. At 71 I have no facial wrinkles, smooth arms and legs too.

  • Anonymous
    Posted on

    Coconut oil is great as a makeup remover! Beats anything made from petrolatum hands down. It also is a nice skin moisturizer and I use it to tame flyaway hair and to add sheen instead of using a silicone based hair smoother.

  • pamb
    Posted on

    It would have been nice to give examples of how to use the coconut oil for beauty. How does it nourish the scalp and encourage hair growth? How long do you leave it on your hair? Overnight as a mask or just a little like a leave in conditioner? How does it heal breakouts? I would think putting oil on a pimple would inflame it. Please give examples along with a list next time. Thanks.

  • Tatiana Khrom Tatiana Khrom
    Posted on

    Coconut oil is my go to natural adjunct treatment of eczema. It has proven antibacterial benefits and moisturizes and calms inflamed skin. I especially suggest it to be used on little ones who have sensitive or eczema prone skin and in whom I want to minimize the use of topical steroids.

  • ASHLEY Y. JAMES
    Posted on

    I HAVE BEEN DRINKING COCONUT WATER FOR 1 YEAR NOW (HAD NO IDEA OF IT'S BENEFITS WHEN I LIVED IN MIAMI, FLORIDA GROWING ON TREES! IT IS MY ALL TIME GO TO MOISTURIZE MY VERY DRY SKIN. I USE IT ALL OVER. I LOVE TO USE IT ON MY FACE PRIOR TO APPLYING ANY MAKE-UP PRODUCTS...THEY THEN GO ON SOOO EVENLY AND I HAVE A GLOW.... I ALSO USE COCONUT OIL IN MY LAND-O-LAKES PRODUCTS INSTEAD OF BUTTER AND I ALSO COOK WITH THE OIL......JUST A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!

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