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Editor Obsessions: Coconut Oil


Last week I told you about how much I loved Moroccanoil’s Intense Hydrating Treatment and how it’s a great weekly treatment for getting rid of dry patches of skin. It really does work, but I needed a product that I could use daily on every part of my skin to combat the effects of this dry, cold weather. Well I’ve finally found a something that treats both my dry skin and hair… and did I mention you can eat it too?

Coconut oil is 2013′s quinoa. No one had really ever heard of it until this year and now it’s the newest buzz word in beauty and food. After hearing so much about it I finally went to Costco and bought a giant tub of Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil for $17.99. I was already pretty happy because the coconut oil was already way cheaper than the body lotion and hair masks I already use.

This coconut oil is 100% natural — seriously if you look at the ingredients the only thing listed is coconut oil. Most moisturizers, conditioners, or hair masks contain a multitude of chemicals that I can’t pronounce and don’t want to spread all over my body. And yet, organic and natural doesn’t really mean much if it doesn’t work. So i can tell you from first hand experience that coconut oil works well as a moisturizer…like really well!

Add a couple of spoonfuls to a bath while you’re soaking (add in some Epsom salts for a spa-like treatment). You can also use it as a hair mask–put it on your hair while you’re showering and leave it in for about 10 minutes then rinse with your regular conditioner. My favourite thing to do with coconut oil is applying it directly to my skin after I shower. Unlike other moisturizing oils (like baby oil) coconut oil doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it won’t rub off and stain clothing. The intense coconut smell only lasts for an hour or so, so you won’t have to walk around all day smelling like a Bounty chocolate bar or piña colada.

When ingested coconut oil has a lot health benefits. It has no trans or hydrogenated fats so it’s a much healthier option than butter or cooking oil. Use it to sauté vegetables, on a skillet when making pancakes, or add it to your morning smoothie. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and Vitamin E, which are key ingredients to fight the signs of aging. It’s said to improve acne, thyroid, blood sugar levels, and helps the body fight viruses.

So if you’re looking for a way to add moisture to your skin and hair without all the harsh chemicals and since the new year is around the corner and your resolution may be to get healthier– stock up on coconut oil because it is a one-stop shop!

 

What’s your healthy food go-to? Leave a comment and share!

 

 
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