How To Use Coconut For Skin Care
The humble coconut can be very useful for skin care. Coconut is rich in Vitamins C and E, which are essential for maintaining skin health. Vitamin C aids in inflammatory skin conditions, skin allergies, rashes and acne. Vitamin E, on the other hand, provides deep nourishment to the skin lending a healthy glow from within. Both Vitamins C and E help fight against free radical damage, which leads to the breakdown of skin’s connective tissues causing wrinkles and other symptoms of aging.
Eat Coconuts For Better Skin
Both the water and flesh of coconuts are excellent for consumption. Coconut flesh contains Vitamin B, calcium, iron, phosphorus and protein. The water, on the other hand, is a natural isotonic beverage, very rich in magnesium and potassium. Regular consumption of coconut and coconut water will help keep your skin nourished and hydrated from within.
Adequate consumption of coconut will also have a cooling effect on your body and skin. It is also excellent for digestion. Healthy digestion is crucial for keeping skin healthy and problem free.
Coconut water also has a powerful detoxifying effect on the body and skin, helping in getting rid of impurities and toxins.
Make coconut a part of your daily diet by preparing various dishes out of it. Also, try to drink coconut water on an empty stomach every day. The benefits are immense when coconut water is consumed first thing in the morning.
Applying Coconut to Your Skin
Coconut oil is very rich in antioxidants that help in keeping skin healthy and nourished. Research has proven that coconut is very effective in healing cuts, wounds, scratches and sunburns. Regular application can also help guard against the damaging effects of UV rays.
A whole body coconut massage is highly recommended. This massage, done daily, will help in stimulating lymphatic drainage while boosting blood circulation. This will help the skin get rid of impurities while increase in blood circulation will lend a healthy pink glow to your face. Do the massage every day before taking bath for getting maximum benefits. You can also add various essential oils to increase the benefits while also making the oil fragrant.
Coconut Face Massage
For this face mask, blend peeled and chopped coconut flesh to a very smooth consistency. Add a few drops of wheat germ essential oil to it and start massaging on your face and neck in gentle circular movements. Do the massage for 15-20 minutes and then let the pulp remain on the face for another 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Done regularly, this massage will help in hydrating and nourishing the skin.
Coconut water is an excellent toner by itself. In case you suffer from problems like acne and pigmentation, it can be of great benefit. Keep coconut water stored in a small bowl in the refrigerator. Apply the water all over your face and neck with the help of a cotton ball. Do this several times a day. But make sure to apply the water only after cleansing your face and leave the water on the skin to dry naturally. Do not wash.
Following all these suggestions regularly will help keep your skin healthy and beautiful not just today but for all those years to come!
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