Best Coconut Treatment for Skin and Hair
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Coconut oil has many beneficial properties and this article summarizes some of my favorites. Not only do I use it to cook with instead of vegetable oils, or even extra virgin olive oil, but I use it in a lot of ways that most people would never think of.

Because of its antibacterial properties, it is actually a good facial cleaner. For some acne prone people that might seem like a recipe for disaster however, if done properly, it can cleanse your skin and leave you feeling fresh.

Some of the many properties of coconut oil include anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. It is also one of the crucial antioxidants needed for good health.

You can benefit from these properties by making your own hair and skin care treatments using the oil.

Wash Your Face with Coconut Oil

Now that you have the correct mixture for your skin type, use the following steps to wash your face.

Close the container and shake it well before pouring a small amount into your palm.
Massage it slowly into your pores, taking your time to not leave any oily patches on your skin.

Prepare some really hot water, either through boiling it on the stove or in the microwave and wet a washcloth in the hot water. Wring out the excess moisture then place it on your face for two to three minutes. The heat will further open your pores.

Remove the washcloth from your face and massage your pores all over your face for several minutes.

With a clean wet wash cloth, gently wipe the remaining oils away and pat your face dry with a soft towel.

Coconut oil is antiviral and antifungal, so it can draw out toxins with the initial use causing pimples to appear initially.[1] The first time I used it on my face, I noticed a pimple or two the next day. However, I stuck with it and after a couple of weeks, the acne was not occurring. My advice is to use it sparingly in the beginning, no more than once a week, at least initially then adjust as needed.

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This mask treatment will leave your skin feeling extremely soft and smooth. As with any facial mask, do not apply more than once a week.

Honey also has antibacterial qualities, along with anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good cure for acne when mixed with coconut oil.

Cut open an avocado and mash 1/2 of it in a glass bowl. Next, add 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil and 1/2 tsp. of honey. Apply the mixture to your face. Take a bath and let it sit on your face. After 45 minutes, take a wet soft cloth and wipe the mask mixture off your face. Rinse the remainder of the mask off your face with warm water. Rinse once again with lukewarm water.

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This conditioner will leave your hair feeling soft with an added shine.

Measure three to five tbsps of extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil into a glass bowl. If you have shorter hair, you may not need as much coconut oil, so adjust the recipe as needed. Hair longer than shoulder length will require five tbsps.

Place the bowl of coconut oil in the microwave and melt for 30 seconds. Remove and stir making sure the oil is a completely liquid. The oil should be warm, but not boiling. If you get it too hot, let it cool down for a moment so it is not hot to the touch.

Pour or rub the oil on your head, massaging it gently into your scalp and smoothing it through your hair until it is completely wet.

Cover your hair with a towel or shower cap. If your hair is short, place a shower cap over your hair to cover it completely. If you hair is longer than shoulder length, pile it up on top of your head, then wrap a towel or put a shower cap over your head. Make sure your hair is completely covered.

Wait 15 minutes, then remove the wrapping or shower cap and wash with a shampoo with natural ingredients. Rinse, then wash again to ensure you remove all of the oil out of your hair. After the final rinsing, pat your hair drywith a towel.

Other Uses for Coconut Oil

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Moisturize dry hands - can work wonders on your parched hands. I keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil in the cabinet all the time and use a little on my hands after heavy dish washing to add moisture to my skin. 

Substitute for butter – can be substituted for butter in baking recipes because it is solid at room temperature.

Shave your legs – substitute for shaving cream to get a clean, close shave on your legs or underarms.

Makeup Remover - can be used to remove make-up at night for a natural, clean feeling. Makes eye lashes look longer and healthier also.

Heal wounds faster – apply extra virgin coconut oil topically to assist in healing by creating a thing layer over a wound to prevent further contamination.[2]

Coffee creamer - add a tbsp of  oil to your morning coffee to give you a satiety feeling during the morning while providing an energy boost.

Remove gum from hair – rub coconut oil over the tangled gum and hair and wait for a half hour, then massage the gum out

Final Thoughts

Coconut Oil for Skin Health
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Not only can you cook with it, but you can use it for just about anything. In my opinion, the best time to do any of the treatments on the skin or hair is at night, just before going to bed. This will allow your skin or hair time to absorb the oil overnight while you sleep.

Remember, if you use it as a hair conditioning treatment, leave a towel wrapped around your head as you sleep.

After a couple weeks of these treatments you may not experience any more dry itchy skin even during the cold dry winter months and your skin and hair will look and feel much better.

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