By Morenike Taire
Looks like your grandmother was right after all, and all those years you resented her rubbing local coconut oil into your face and hair were not wasted years. It’s now been proven, and universally so, that coconut oil is the 21st century’s answer to health and glowing beauty.
Remove Eye Makeup
Coconut oil is a gentle and effective eye makeup remover. Apply with a cotton pad and wipe gently until all traces of makeup are gone.
Research also shows that coconut oil improves dermatitis and other skin disorders at least as well as mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers.
In a study of children with eczema, 47% of those treated with coconut oil had major improvements
Heal Ragged Cuticles
Coconut oil can be used to improve your cuticles, including hangnails.
Simply apply a small amount of coconut oil to your cuticles and massage for a few moments. Do this several times a week for the best results.
Sweat itself has no smell. However, the bacteria living on your skin can produce undesirable odors.
Coconut oil’s strong antibacterial properties make it a great natural deodorant that contains no chemicals.
Candida albicans is the fungus responsible for yeast infections, which commonly occur in warm, moist areas of the body such as the mouth or vagina.
Test-tube studies suggest that coconut oil may help fight candida infections
Researchers found coconut oil to be as effective as fluconazole, the antifungal medication typically prescribed for candida infections .
Generally, virgin coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help treat infections.
One study found that it helped stop the growth of the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile, commonly known as “C. diff,” which causes severe diarrhea.
It also appears to fight several other bacteria and yeasts — an effect generally attributed to lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconut oil
Boost your Metabolism
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides. These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the amount of calories you burn.
Controlled studies have shown that MCTs can significantly boost your metabolic rate, at least temporarily
One study found that, on average, 15–30 grams of MCTs increased calorie expenditure by around 120 calories over a 24-hour period .