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Crazy for coconut oil!

Coconut oil richly deserves to be a versatile addition to your beauty and wellness routine, if it isn’t already.
Vanessa Baumann dives into the research and shares with BWB readers.

Doesn’t it seem like the media explodes every few months with a new buzz word in skin care, health care and nutrition?
Right now it’s coconut oil.
Everyone’s favorite tropical ingredient is getting raves.

You’ve probably heard about coconut oil’s natural germ killing properties, how it can speed up your metabolism, and the countless ways it can be used for at-home skin and hair care treatments.
I’m happy to say that coconut oil richly deserves to be a versatile addition to your beauty and wellness routine, if it isn’t already.
And if it is, I hope this information will help you know more.

Start off by choosing the best coconut oil for you.
Unlike olive oils, there is no industry standard regarding the meaning of “virgin” coconut oil. So reading the label is key.
“Refined” or “RBD” coconut oil means that the oil has been “refined, bleached and deodorized.”
Better words to look for are “virgin” and “expelled,” which means that the oil has been machine pressed instead of using high heat to extract the oil. “Unprocessed” means the oil is unrefined, not bleached, and not deodorized.

As an aesthetician, I use coconut oil topically and find that it relieves skin rashes and chicken pox discolorations.

For skincare applications, I recommend virgin coconut oil. Clinical trials show that it has twice the amount of skin-restoring antioxidants than refined coconut oil.
As an aesthetician, I use coconut oil topically and find that it relieves skin rashes and chicken pox discolorations. It’s especially helpful for my clients who suffer from eczema and psoriasis because coconut oil naturally loosens and eliminates dead skin cells, revealing smoother, less-flakey skin. Coconut oil’s high fat content makes it a soothing, protective healing agent for wounds.

I also recommend coconut oil as an everyday, all-over skin treatment that feels wonderful. It’s an ideal, natural moisturizer for someone who has dry skin. Apply it at night as it takes some time to fully penetrate the skin. There’s strong scientific evidence behind its benefits. Coconut oil helps your skin hold on to moisture so your connective tissues stay strong and supple. And because of all its antioxidants, coconut oil combats free radicals and protects against sun damage, both essentials for counteracting the signs of aging.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but coconut oil is also beneficial for people with oily skin. Here’s a wonderful at-home treatment to try. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your face and massage in gently. The oil will loosen up dirt, bacteria and microbes. Then apply your favorite clay mask over the oil and let it sit for ten minutes. The clay will absorb the coconut oil and all of the waste that the oil released from your skin. At the end of the treatment, apply your preferred cleanser.

Clinical studies show that coconut oil is helpful for people with diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems…

Considering how much I love to cook with coconut oil, and use it to help my clients, it was a real pleasure to dive into the research and learn more about the science behind coconut oil’s health benefits. Clinical studies show that coconut oil is helpful for people with diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems and blood sugar regulation.

It’s always good to be reminded that Mother Nature provides cures for all ailments. Coconut is not only delicious, but it also supports a healthy body and is a good addition to our skin care treatments and first aid remedies.
I now have a jar in my kitchen and my bathroom. I recommend you do too.

Vanessa Baumann

Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, working with some of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. Choosing to change gears and express herself through her love of writing, she is now a freelance writer and beauty editor. Vanessa also may be found on Facebook and Instagram, sharing her knowledge of skincare products, advice, and the quest for glowing skin.

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