Coconut oil can help your hair, skin and teeth and these tricks promise fast results!
Coconut Oil has recently become one of the hottest beauty ingredients, boasting huge benefits for hair skin and even oral health. In fact, our Hot Mom recently tried out oil-pulling and saw whiter teeth and fresher breath!
Her results were so impressive that we decided to consult the coconut oil experts to discover even more ways to benefit. Here’s the scoop:
- Heat It Up – According to Rita Hazan, Celebrity Colorist and Founder of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, coconut oil contains high levels of fatty acids, which give hair shine. “Heat it up for a few minutes, apply it to your ends and work it to the top of your hair,” Hazan recommends. “You can leave it on overnight with a shower cap; however, it is important to wash it out first thing in the morning.”
- Wrap Yourself – Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas swears by a unique at-home body treatment using coconut oil. “I recommend covering your whole body, head to toe in coconut oil, and then wrapping everything in ace bandages,” Vargas says. “The coconut oil increases the metabolism in your cells, so it will help with cellulite, it’s a major detoxifier and it’s also very hydrating. Stay wrapped for 45 minutes.”
- Fake A Tan – Coconut oil contains Comuaric acid, a powerful antioxidant that improves overall skin health, reveals Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Director of The Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center. “It is also very moisturizing and soothing for sunburns and helps skin’s luminosity and gives a nice temporary glow,” he says.
- Eat It – We’ve mentioned inside-outside skin care before and this is another example of why it’s effective. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, explains that the saturated fat coconut oil contains is known to protect the skin from UV damage (read: skin cancer). “Taken internally, coconut oil will nourish the skin from the inside out,” Lipman says.
- Choose Cold-Pressed – Because coconut oil contains Vitamin E and major antioxidants like Ferulic Acid and P-Coumaric Acid, it’s effective in stalling signs of aging, reveals Kat Burki, Founder and CEO of Kat Burki Skin Care. “We incorporated a virgin Coconut Oil into our Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask. This oil is cold-pressed, pure, natural and unrefined, ensuring all of the rich antioxidants remain to fully protect while repairing skin,” Burki explains.
- Treat Skin Disorders – Dr. Stafford Broumand, Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, says that coconut oil is idea for all skin types because it easily absorbs into the skin. “Coconut oil is soothing with Vitamin E and it also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which can be known to help with skin disorders,” Broumand adds.
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.