What Is Coconut Oil For? A Multifunctional Cosmetic

Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils available. It is used for cooking purposes, however, it works much better in cosmetics. Is body and hair care with the use of coconut oil only a temporary trend? Check it out! 

It seems like we can celebrate the big come back of natural beauty treatments. Coconut oil reigns in hair care thanks to its multifunctionality, easy access and affordable price. This exotic oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It abounds in fatty acids, vitamin complex, and a whole range of minerals. 

Depending on the methods of extraction and types of processing, we can distinguish:

extra virgin coconut oil  (cold-pressed),

– unrefined coconut oil,

– refined coconut oil (purified),

– fragrance-free coconut oil.

The main factor that makes coconut oil differ from other natural oils is the consistency. It comes in a solid state and resembles white (or milky) butter. It melts at 25 degrees (Celsius), or, for instance, when in contact with the skin.

Taking into account how the oil looks and what properties it offers (has antibacterial and antifungal properties, soothes irritations, evens out the pH level and ensures an adequate level of hydration), it can be used in hair care in various ways. What is it for? The most popular use of coconut oil includes:

• low porosity hair care

• protecting hair ends (from splitting)

• irritated scalp oiling

• moisturising and smoothing out the entire body

• sensitive and acne-prone skin care

• gentle makeup removal

• lash nourishment and regeneration

• dry, chapped lips regeneration

• nail cuticle softening and nourishing

Natural coconut oil offers a wide range of possibilities in regard to skin and hair care, and the way we use it is a matter of personal choice. This versatility of this ingredient means that everyone should have it in their beauty bag (or kitchen).