4 reasons to add coconut oil to your skincare routine

July 26, 2017: For centuries, coconut oil has been used in Ayurveda due to its healing properties. It’s thought to have a positive effect on the body and mind while cooling and relaxing the body. Coconut oil is particularly beneficial for the Pitta dosha, as it is associated with the fire element. Ayurvedic massage using coconut oil is commonly used to treat imbalances leading to anger, inflammation, and high blood pressure. In addition to helping soothe the temper, coconut oil is also renowned for its effects on the skin. In recent years, it’s become a popular natural alternative to harsh or even toxic skin care products due to the wide variety of benefits that it has to offer.

Moisturize

Coconut oil makes an excellent moisturizer without leaving any greasy residue in its wake. Better yet, it has a natural scent that will leave your skin feeling fresh. The oil helps to lock in natural moisture, leaving you with smooth, supple and younger looking skin.

Naturally remove makeup

It’s important to take makeup off before going to bed to prevent any irritation the following morning. Coconut oil cuts through greasy makeup, making it easy to remove, and it’s gentle enough for even sensitive skin.

Clean and protect your skin

In addition to moisturizing your face, coconut oil can also help you to give your skin a deep cleanse. It can remove grease, oils, and toxins that build up throughout the day to clog your pores. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties due to the presence of lauric acid.

Block UV rays

Protecting yourself from the sun not only reduces your risk of developing skin cancer but can also fight wrinkles and dry skin. Coconut oil has an approximate SPF of around 8, which can help you to escape the effects of solar radiation during day-to-day activities. If you plan on heading to the beach, you should still grab a bottle of higher SPF lotion.

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