Coconut Oil

In case you haven't heard, coconut oil is fast becoming the trend of the moment. But what’s the big deal? We decided to discover what all the fuss is about by researching some of the health, skincare and beauty benefits of coconut oil.

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Health – Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for vegetable oil in all your cooking. Using coconut oil in food can help improve cholesterol levels. It is rich in saturated fats which is known to raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lower the LDL cholesterol (the not so good kind). Coconut oil also increases your energy expenditure, helping you burn more fat during the day. It has also been said to improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes and reduce body fat accumulation.

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Skincare – Coconut oil is great at skin hydration because it helps to retain the moisture in your skin. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky and has even been known to have a glow effect. Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E which is essential in preventing premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. Vitamin E also stimulates healthy skin growth. Rich in protein, coconut oil also assists with tissue repair.

 

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Hair/Beauty – From detangling hair to getting rid of dandruff, coconut oil does it all. It can also be used to tame frizzy hair and keep your luscious locks under control. Forget about buying makeup remover wipes from the store and buy coconut oil instead! It gets all your makeup off and leaves your skin soft and clean. 

 

Below, you'll find links to resources to get you started using coconut oil. 

  • See what happens when a beauty writer replaced her entire beauty regimen with coconut oil
  • Amazing beauty tricks with coconut oil 
  • 101 uses for coconut oil

Tell us, why do you like using coconut oil?



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