My body is shedding. The cold weather dries out my lips, skin and hair and over the years I've tried many potions and lotions to moisten my body.
Years later I realize, that many over the counter products contain chemicals that are harming us more than they are helping.
It turns out I had the answer in my kitchen cabinet.
The Huffington Post touted coconut oil to be the next miracle product.
"Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin's surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair.
While the soup for lunch was being heated, I applied coconut oil to my face, lips, neck and then hair - focusing on the ends. I wondered if I would have to shower soon as I just put oil all over my body.
Surprisingly, the lightly scented oil sopped quickly into my skin leaving no grease or shine. About two hours later, I took a shower and was pleasantly surprised at my soft skin, specifically under my eyes, and my hair was noticeably shinier.
I bought this bottle for $7.49 at Whole Foods. You can also purchase coconut oil from Amazon here.
You will thank me later.
Have you tried more than cooking with coconut oil?
If you want to cook with coconut oil, try this Creamy Kale Millet.
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