Coconut oil is one of those amazing products that can be used to enhance nearly anything. With antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is by far one of the best natural health and beauty products you should use this summer.
Exposure to hot summer temperatures can quickly lead to dehydration. Consuming a small amount of coconut oil can keep your whole body well hydrated. The oil melts at body temperature and absorbs into the skin, mimicking natural skin oils. In fact, during World War II, dehydrated Asian soldiers were given coconut oil through IVs when IV saline supply was low. Try consuming one tablespoon of oil during the summer to prevent dehydration.
2. Sunburn relief
Spent the day outside and forgot to reapply sunscreen? Bring on the coconut oil to sooth your inflamed and sunburned skin. With properties that accelerate skin regeneration, applying coconut oil to sunburned skin will also help stimulates collagen production within the skin tissue, helping to speed up the repair process and giving you greater relief.
Nutrients found in coconut oil help replenish moisture in the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Like jojoba oil, coconut oil mimics natural skin oils so anyone can use it. It may be used as a hair masque, lubricant, pre-shave cream, massage oil and eye cream.
4. Dry hair
Help hydrate dry, sun damaged hair by applying a small amount of coconut oil to your hair every few weeks during the summer months. Scoop out a few tablespoons and rub it between your hands for a moment or two until it’s pretty much a liquid. Then spread it all over dry hair from just about the nape of your hair down to prevent an oily scalp. Let it sit for 30-45 minutes and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. You’ll see an automatic difference in softness and shine.