Coconut Oil – To coconut oil or to not coconut oil, that is the question….well it is noble in the mind…ahhh. You’ve heard it, you’ve read it, you’ve talked about it, your friend uses it – it’s all over the internet and on the tip of every hipsters tongue – coconut oil is the new wonder drug.
Oh heck, it’s the new wonder everything. There is tons of information out there that says it can do everything from lower your cholesterol, balance your blood sugar, cure your dandruff, remove your eye makeup, hydrate your skin, smooth your hair, soothe your bug bites, help your rashes and lubricate your vajayjay (yup, you heard me), so they say.
Now, I love natural and organic products just as much as the next gal and am especially in love with any product that multi-tasks, so naturally I’m intrigued with this coconut oil thing. More importantly, I’m a jaded New Yorker, so before jumping in – I decided that it’s time for some research.
Due to the high content of saturated fats, coconut oil will make the skin smooth to the touch. The lauric acid content will act as a powerful antimicrobial and help with topical infections. It’s vitamin e content is a powerful anti-oxidant and will protect, soothe and smooth the skin. The protein content will help with tissue repair and it will even tame your frizzy hair. So why am I still looking for a reason to use it? When applied to the skin, coconut oil will have a moisturizing effect, but contains virtually no vitamins. Yes, there are small amounts of vitamin e and k, but for truly glowing skin you need to feed it with a variety of vitamins and nutrients – especially vitamins a and c. In the seasons of extreme cold and extreme heat these vitamins become even more important. So while coconut oil works wonders for many, it’s something I prefer to either ingest or to use on my body. It’s low vitamin content leaves me wanting for more for my pretty face.
As with any and all natural or un-natural products, do a patch test before using. What works well for one, may not work well for another.