Unless you have a coconut allergy, I feel very strongly that absolutely everyone needs to have a huge jar of coconut oil in their home. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but coconut oil is one of my favorite oils to cook with (in addition to raw grass-fed butter and ghee). It has a very high smoking point, so it won’t go rancid quickly (coconut oil is ideal for deep frying!). While coconut oil does have a relatively higher fat content, it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, your body’s preferred source of energy. In other words, the fat from coconut oil isn’t stored as fat in your body but is used for energy almost immediately. But coconut oil actually has a few uses beyond cooking. But my favorite use for coconut oil is not what you’d expect…
During these frigid winter months, coconut oil has quickly become the face wash I reach for time and time again. I know, this one sounds kind of weird, but I’ve been using coconut oil exclusively to wash my face and I’m obsessed with the results. Using coconut oil not only leaves my skin ridiculously soft and supple, but my pores seem much clearer. How is this even possible? Coconut oil actually has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. And if I remember anything from middle school science, it’s that like attracts like (in other words, oil is attracted oil). So don’t worry about clogging your pores, using oil is one of the best ways to naturally sweep away dirt and debris.
My skin is also pretty prone to hyper-pigmentation so whenever I get a pimple, I not only have to deal with the pimple itself, I know I’ll have to deal with the inevitable scar that the pimple usually leaves for months on end (I swear, I’m not picking at it). But just using about a teaspoon of coconut oil on face in the shower every morning, I’ve noticed that these scars have disappeared much more quickly. But a word to the wise, if you have more oily skin you might want to mix your coconut oil with a bit of castor oil, but I personally love coconut oil on its own for my skin type (normal/dry).
Not sure where to start or what to buy? I highly recommend Nutiva’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for both your cooking and beautifying needs.