Organic coconut oil will always be one of my favorite beauty and wellness products. I use it for almost everything—from radiant skin to silky hair and even as a health supplement. If you’re curious about the coco, here’s exactly how I use it and why you should try it, too!
INTERNAL USES OF VCO
Although virgin coconut oil (A.K.A. VCO) is a 90% saturated fat, it contains medium-chain fatty acids that can improve your health in different ways. For one, VCO is a very stable oil to cook with. It can withstand high temperatures without heat damage, unlike regular vegetable oils like palm oil, corn oil, and canola oil. When heated while cooking, these vegetable oils turn into less healthy trans fats. Yikes!
Your body can easily digest the medium-chain triglycerides (also known as MCTs) in coconut oil. Basically, this oil is a lot easier on your system than other oils. Its hard-working fatty acid content immediately converts into energy rather than being stored in your body as fat. Overall, MCTs boost your metabolism, which means they’re a great complement to any weight-loss program.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER
VCO helps support your immune system, promote heart health and healthy thyroid function, and increase cell regeneration. This is all due to its high content of lauric acid. VCO also has powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. You can even ingest 1 tablespoon of VCO in the morning before breakfast to boost your well-being. I certainly do!
EXTERNAL USES OF VCO
Externally, I use VCO as a lotion to improve everything from my skin to my hair and nails. It has natural anti-aging properties, which help smoothen the skin and promote elasticity.
Personally, I love to use it as a natural makeup remover. It gets rid of stubborn waterproof mascara much better than any store-bought eye makeup remover can. Just apply some oil on a cotton round, then gently swipe from the outer corner towards the inner corner of your eye. Repeat as necessary or until all mascara residue has been removed.
You can use VCO as a hair serum for frizzy strands. Apply a pea-sized amount to the tips of your hair and massage it in gently until everything is absorbed. This will leave your hair shiny and also protect it from further sun damage, since VCO has SPF properties as well. I’m telling you, this stuff is pure magic!
Now that you’re clued into all the wonderful things VCO can do, what will you be using it for? Tell me in the comments, below!
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