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The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little taste of the tropics at home or in the spa! Coconut oil offers many amazing benefits to the hair, skin, and whole entire body, making it a wonderful winter health ally. BONUS: Coconut palms, which produce a new bunch of coconuts every month, are harvested year round, ensuring that your personal care routine will always be in season.
The coconut palm, or Cocos nucifera, is a tree that grows abundantly in most tropical and coastal regions and has a life span of up to 70 years. It has been traditionally valued in a multitude of ways within island communities, being used in everything from food to medicinal preparations. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has utilized it for thousands of years, often combining it with herbs to treat both internal and external afflictions. In the Philippines, coconut oil has even been traditionally applied to aid the healing of burns and broken bones! While it’s bone mending abilities may remain to be seen, coconut’s effect on skin health is a sure bet. High in medium-chain fatty acids like lauric, capric, and caprylic acid, this antioxidant-rich oil helps maintain skin moisture by supporting the structure of skin cells and encouraging a healthy metabolism. Highly anti-viral and anti-fungal, coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, making it useful in the prevention of infection and scarring.
Our Organic Coconut Oil and Virgin de Coco Crème are carefully extracted without the use of heat, preserving all of their naturally nourishing and restorative constituents. These ingredients give you professional results that are good for your health, supportive to the environment, and useful for a variety of luxurious and therapeutic applications...
Skincare: Coconut oil has chemical components similar to those in our own sebum, allowing it to protect us from inflammation and infection while still being very easy on our skin. Many have even found it to be effective against low grade acne, and great for healing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Coconut oil can be used to soothe other irritating skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and is gentle enough for babies, making it a great option for diaper rash. As an after bath body moisturizer, coconut oil smooths and repairs dry or damaged skin, and absorbs quickly without staining fabrics, making it wonderful for use during massage.
Remove makeup: The smooth and emollient texture of coconut oil makes it a quick and easy way to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup. Not only will it give your skin a gentle cleanse, but you also get all of the healing and nourishing benefits in the same application.
For a smooth shave: Its antibacterial properties help heal nicks and cuts and protect your skin from razor burn. And it's so moisturizing and soothing, you can ditch your post-shave lotion and just shave and go!
Deodorize: Not only does it quench and soften, but coconut oil's antibacterial properties freshen skin as well. Those who find traditional body powders too drying might want to take coconut oil for a spin. It's even effective for underarms!
Don’t forget about your hair: Not only can it be used to address dandruff, coconut oil adds softness and shine to even the most damaged hair, making it a perfect deep conditioning treatment after sun damage or intense chemical processing at the salon.
Learn more: Here at KMH, one of our favorite books about coconut oil is The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. and is a must for anyone in the salon or natural health industry. Do you have a favorite way to use coconut oil? Let us know in the comment section! Through education and experience, we can strengthen our community knowledge of natural products and make beautifully multifaceted ingredients like coconut oil a favorite for every season.
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