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Get creative with coconuts!

If ever there were a beauty cure-all, it's coconut oil! This beauty staple has a long shelf life and a number of health benefits. It's a jack-of-all-trades people have discovered many uses for: breath freshener, makeup brush cleaner, hair mask, homemade lip scrub, and much more. You can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees. Here we tell you why you should count this wonderful product among your favourite natural ingredients.

Nutritional ingredients in coconuts

  • Calories: 283. nProtein: 3 grams.
  • Carbs: 10 grams. nFat: 27 grams.
  • Sugar: 5 grams. nFiber: 7 grams.
  • Manganese:60 percent of the nSelenium: 15 percent of the DV
  • Daily Value (DV)

Use coconuts to maintain your beauty

This versatile tropical wonder is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ – owing to the fact that we use every part of it – we eat it, we drink it, use it for fuel and cook with it.

That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that the coconut has the power to enhance your hair and beauty regime.

Beauty benefits

  • It can help banish acne and repair damaged skin.
  • It will let you feel smooth all over.
  • It can help make an itchy, dry scalp a thing of the past.
  • It boosts hair growth.

Health benefits

Keeps you hydrated

By consuming water found in young coconuts, you will get all the electrolytes you will ever need. It is the highest-rated source of electrolytes, which is primarily responsible for keeping your body hydrated. It will also keeps your nerves and muscles functioning optim.

Fights bacteria

Coconuts contain lauric acid, which when digested forms a substance called monolaurin. These substances help fight against fungi, viruses and bacteria to keep infections at bay.

Boosts the immune system

Consuming coconuts also boosts the immune system since coconuts are anti-parasite, antibacterial, anti-viral and antifungal. It provides quick energy and improves athletic and physical performance. It also considerably reduces the risk of heart diseases and protects against bladder infection and kidney disease. It restores and maintains thyroid functionality.

Anti-aging

Coconuts can be used in beauty treatments to make you look young by preventing age spots, sagging skin and wrinkles.

Selecting coconuts as a part of a beauty treatment

Shake the coconut. When you shake the various coconuts available, you want to choose a coconut that has a lot of coconut water inside.

Look at the eyes of the coconut.

Search for cracks, mold, and wet areas

When in doubt, choose the heavier coconut for its size.

Beauty treatments that include coconuts

Deep condition.

Hair conditioners often contain coconut oil because it easily penetrates the strands and can even prevent protein loss.

Minimize dandruff.

Coconut oil can help lower the levels of yeast on the skin that drive inflammation, flaking, and itching associated with dandruff. Try minimizing the problem with an ultra-moisturizing coconut oil treatment

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 face, too.

Remove eye makeup

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara!

Dab on as eye cream

While there are plenty of hydrating eye creams on the market, coconut oil works in a pinch.

If you’re dealing with dry under-eyes - whether it is from colder weather, dehydration, or simply getting older - using a moisturizing eye cream can completely rejuvenate your complexion.

Side effects

Coconut water is likely safe for most adults when consumed as a drink.

It might cause fullness or stomach upset in some people. However this is uncommon.

In large amounts, coconut water might cause potassium levels in the blood to become too high. This might lead to kidney problems and irregular heartbeat.

Grow coconuts for beauty treatments

It is best to purchase organic coconuts, however if you are keen to grow your own plant do as follows.

To start to grow a coconut plant, begin with a fresh coconut that still has the husk on it. When you shake it, it still should sound like it has water in it.

Soak it in water for two to three days. After the coconut has soaked, place it in a container filled with well-draining potting.

 


Coconut home remedies

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 20 drops rosemary oil. Massage onto hair and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo out.

Minimize dandruff

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

Create a DIY face mask

What better way to pamper yourself than with a DIY face mask? Try this healing mask 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!

Remove eye make up

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.

Use under the eyes

Simply dab on a light layer of coconut oil (use your ring finger to avoid tugging or applying too much pressure) to dry under-eyes to hydrate and protect the skin. It’s best to do this before bed, as it may slide around underneath makeup. 

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 

 


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