Dry skin is something I have never experienced in my life until recently when I moved to Chicago, the great windy city. Everything changed including my skin. I feel you now, ” dry skin-er”, it’s terrible, the struggle is real! Sometimes it gets so dry it itches. But don’t lose your hope, I found the solution! It ends with nut and starts with coco, yesss coconut, you got it!
When this first happened to me questions started popping into my head like bubbles- ” Is it because I am still not finding my place in here yet ( mentally & emotionally)?”, ” Is it because I am stressed?”, ” Is it the food?”, ” Is it because I don’t drink enough water?”, ” Is it because of the environment?”. Well, there was only one way to find out the answers and that was to do everything the right way. So I started drinking plenty of water, eat super healthy ( healthy delicious breakfast), no sugar, organic vegetables and leafy greens, fish, grass-fed beef, organic poultry, limited use of alcohol, mostly red wine, drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning, sleep 8 hours a night, relax by reading a book or taking a warm bath, go to yoga classes, go to the gym. All this really improved my mood, my acne, my digestion, my hair, my sleep, my emotional and mental state, everything except my skin. It was still dry.
I thought then maybe my vitamin D levels are low ( see my blog post about vitamin D) so I started taking supplements since the weather in Chicago was clearly not going to help me get some sunlight. But still, my skin did not improve.
So I came up with these so-called ” coconut oil baths”. What you need to do is just put 2-3 tablespoons ( or even more) in the water while you are taking a long relaxing bath. Light up some candles, bring a book, put some relaxing music or even bring a glass of your favorite wine. It’s your time and you deserve it.
I use coconut oil when I cook as well. Coconut oil is great! Here are some benefits in case you are wondering how great it can be for your skin, hair and much more.
- Skin moisturizer;
Coconut oil is one of the best choices for a skin care agent because of its composition which is almost 94% saturated fat ( lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid, stearic acid); fat which prevents moisture loss through the skin’s pores. Vitamin E is also found in its composition, which is known to block free radicals from the body ( aging process). Definitely, something you need if you want the smooth younger-looking skin.
- For your hair;
Due to its composition of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have low molecular weight and straight linear chain, coconut oil can penetrate inside the hair shaft and act as a moisturizer. Researchers from India studied the effects of mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage and found the coconut oil as the only oil that reduced the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when was used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product.
- For your scalp;
Coconut oil prevents peeling away of the skin on the scalp and conditions like dandruff by keeping the skin moisturized.
- Weight management;
I use coconut oil when I cook and it’s delicious. But besides its taste, it is also beneficial for your metabolism. Studies show that it can help you lose weight and belly fat because it contains medium chain triglycerides that can increase diet-induced thermogenesis. Also, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil are used for energy production, not stored as fat unlike the fat in other vegetable oils.
- Cures fatigue;
Because of the saturated fats present in it, coconut oil is a great source of energy, curing fatigue and energy malnutrition.
- For your immunity;
Lauric acid is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria, and create a hostile environment for viruses. It can also increase our body’s production of monolaurin, enhancing anti-bacterial protection.
Enjoy your coconut oil bath and let me know if you have any questions by addressing them below or on Instagram.