I read an article several months ago touting the health benefits of coconut oil, that got me curious about its relatively new found popularity. While coconut oil does have the highest saturated fats of all oils, it’s not an engineered fat. In fact, according to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, “Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a “miracle” compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.”
Intrigued by the oil’s nutrient profile, I decided to find out more, and that’s when I discovered the amazing skin benefits of coconut oil. It’s touted as being anti-bacterial, and supposedly has anti-aging properties. So I researched further, and found a blog post about using coconut oil to cut costs in a beauty regimen. So, I decided to try it for myself…and I’m glad I did.
I bought a jar of organic coconut oil (which is solid not liquid). It doesn’t liquefy until you add some heat or warm it in your hands. I was hesitant because it’s very ‘oily’ when you rub it on your face. Surprisingly, once I rinsed my face and patted it dry with a towel, my skin was NOT overly shiny or greasy. It felt clean and moisturized.
I’ve been washing my face with coconut oil for months, and it’s great. I don’t even need to follow with a thick night cream, like I used to.
I also use it right when I’m getting out of the shower to moisturize wet skin, or for chapped lips. I’m the world’s laziest person when it comes to a beauty routine, so if I can find something to help me kill two birds with one stone, I’m one happy yogini. Coconut oil has so many uses, and you can probably find a million of them. A medium sized jar will last you a while, and it costs less than $10.
Do you have ideas on how to use coconut oil? If so, let me know here.
The Charmed Yogi
Lisa Agostoni is a certified yoga instructor based in Atlanta who focuses on holistic yoga. She incorporates anatomy-aware asana, pranayama, meditation and personalized attention in her classes. Lisa teaches aerial and mat yoga at Vita-Prana Yoga in Smyrna, Ga. Lisa blogs about yoga, meditation and life as The Charmed Yogi on charmedyoga.com.