How to use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for Healthy Skin and Hair – Non Toxic, Natural Moisturizer

How to use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for Healthy Skin and Hair – Non Toxic, Natural Moisturizer
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Extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) has a myriad of health benefits. When eaten, it can help regulate blood sugar, fight heart disease, speed up weight loss, and improve the immune system. Used topically, it can dramatically recover the condition of both skin and hair, preventing wrinkles and making your tresses stronger and shinier.

One of the best things about coconut oil benefits is the fact that it eradicates the need for some of the most toxic, potentially harmful and drying “beauty” concoctions out there on the market. Look on the back of any one of your shampoo or conditioner bottles and you will almost without fail find alcohol of some sort or another as one of the main ingredients. How does adding alcohol to a product that is supposed to moisturize hydrate anything?

Another common culprit in most beauty products is petroleum- despite being a known carcinogen that potentially causes cancer, it’s in almost everything. Seriously, it’s in almost everything; toothpaste, makeup, lotions, deodorant, clothing, foods…

EVCO is a natural and effective way to lessen your exposure to toxins without having to sacrifice any superficial benefits of a beauty routine.

It is important to choose a product that is cold pressed, unrefined, organic, and basically as minimally processed as possible. I highly recommend Natures Way Coconut Oil - Extra Virgin, as it is as minimally processed as possible and also has no trans or hydrogenated fats (which is especially important if you are going to be using it for cooking or as a supplement). It smells fantastic, but the smell quickly fades once you have applied it to skin or hair.


How to use extra virgin coconut oil for skin

You may be taken aback initially because the oil actually comes in a solid form. In order to be able to use it as a natural moisturizer, you need to melt it a bit, first.

All you need to do is fill a sink a couple of inches deep with warm water. Set your EVCO container in the warm water and let it set for at least 3 minutes. When it has warmed, you will be able to pour the oil out of the jar. For sanitary reasons, it’s a good idea to have 2 different jars; one for cooking and one for topical use.

Pour the liquid oil into your hands and apply liberally anywhere you want to moisturize your skin.

Surprisingly, you can use it on your face without worrying about breakouts. In fact, many people have been able to see some success in treating acne and eczema with coconut oil. This is likely due to it’s natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Another feature you might not expect from using an oil topically is that when applied to the skin, EVCO does not leave a thick, greasy or overbearing residue. It actually absorbs quite quickly and is not uncomfortable to wear under makeup or clothing.


How to use extra virgin coconut oil for hair
EVCO is excellent for increasing hair’s strength and vitality, and therefore it’s appearance of being shiny and free of splint ends and damage.

The exact way that you use EVCO on hair is going to depend on the texture of your tresses and what kind of styling you’re after.

For example, those with thin, fine hair would benefit from using this natural moisturizer as a conditioner that you apply one to two hours before doing a regular wash. To use this way, dampen hair slightly, and then apply warmed, liquefied oil to strands, particularly focusing on distribution on the ends where the oldest part of the strand is and where the most damage is typically found. Using it this way would make for healthier, more robust tresses that are more resistant to breakage and softer to the touch.

If you have a thick, coarse, or highly unmanageable mane, you can use EVCO after hair straightening or as an aid to relax tight curls. Depending on how dry your locks are (the more dry it is, the more liberally you can use EVCO for hair and the less you have to worry about washing it out in order to keep it from weighing it down), you can use it as a washout conditioner, as a leave-in conditioner, or as a way to make strands glisten or to stay straighter for longer, via a more natural (chemical free) method.

Adding this natural oil to your routine in place of overly processed, chemical ridden products is a great way to lessen your exposure to potentially hazardous substances, and it works as good as, if not far better than, any other comparable man made option out there.

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texas1chili Blender Account

I use EVCO in my hair about every 3-4 weeks, leaving it in for about an hour pre-shower: it's awesome. To wash it out, I use a regular surfactant shampoo, but then follow that up with sulfate-free cleanser, like HairOne. Leaves my hair with this internal, healthy shine. I also hear EVCO actually stimulates the hair follicle...friends and coworkers do comment that my hair seems to grow fast.

valentyne Blender Account

I warm EVCO 'tween my palms, add a drop or two of jojoba oil and massage my face and neck. The oil feels very smooth but surprisingly not greasy (and my skin looks amazing). Once I have completed the massage I remove the excess with a facial cloth I have dipped in very warm water. Then I'm ready for anything.

micol Blender Account

Kelli, what magazines, website or source do you use to know about all that you share with us? Any that you would highly recommend?Thank you (you two are fantastic!)

LadyCD5900 Facebook Account

Love coconut oil!!!!!!!!!! Use it for everything...on my hair/locs, after a shower...better than baby oil, to make salad dressing, to cook, mix in my hot green tea, the list goes one and on. :)

nanamuc Blender Account

Love it. It makes me smell like Bounty XD

dorcas.gilbert.33 Facebook Account

Just bought some EVCO. Can't wait to try it!!
Question: when you melt the solid EVCO, will it go back to being solid & do you have to melt it every time u use it?

barbi811 Blender Account

I would like to know if it is ok to keep reheating it if it does get solid again...Thank you..!! :)

Patricia Google Account

Barb, Not a good idea to keep reheating anything. Just take out the amount you need. Estimate.

divyadutta Blender Account

You don't have to actually melt it every time. Use a spoon to take out the amount of oil you need and rub it between your palms and it will melt. You can then apply to hair or skin.

jodysgirls Blender Account

So do you throw out the liquid oil or use the actual oil on your face? Or do u use the creamier part on your face? So confused.

Patricia Google Account

I put a little in a medicine cup and place it in front of a space heater for about a minute, not too close, about six inches away, and it melts very quickly. Then I scoop it up with my finger and apply it. Very simply. Skin's never felt so soft.

mayra Google Account

Do you have to warm the oil for it to be used on thick hair? I really need to know.

Patricia Google Account

Yes, because if you just put it in while it's a solid, you'll use it up pretty fast. What I do is I have a small spray bottle that I used to keep body spray in. I spoon up some and place it inside the bottle and I add extra virgin olive oil to it, half and half, then I soak it in hot water for five minutes and I spray it on and it's a very easy application process and then I place a bag on my head and leave it over night and wash it with nonsulfate shampoo in the morning. I've been doing it for about a month and have noticed my hair growing already and my hair is a lot more manageable. Hope this was helpful.

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