It’s no secret that virgin coconut oil (VCO) boasts many natural health benefits.
When the pandemic hit the world, the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) conducted a study showing that drinking VCO speeds recovery in COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.
But health benefits aside, VCOs are also powerful oils that can be incorporated into self-care and beauty regimens for healthier-looking skin.
1. Apply on body
VCO is a natural moisturizer. Not only does it keep the skin hydrated, but when applied consistently to the skin, it repairs skin damage and promotes collagen regeneration in the skin.
According to certified dermatologist Jarische Lao-Ang, VCO is a simple tool for skin hydration for those with dry skin.
“It also has anti-inflammatory properties. [effect] It can soothe skin inflammation and help wounds heal,” Dr. Ang told GMA News Online, especially for dehydrated skin prone to eczema.
2. For your hair
You may have seen shampoo brands incorporating VCOs into their products for their moisturizing properties. According to Dr. Ang, shampoos containing VCOs “moisturize the hair and scalp.”
“[VCO] It may strengthen hair and control hair loss,” she said. [a] Not enough [of] research and evidence. ”
You can use VCO on your hair as a hair mask before showering. Gently massage warm VCO into strands and let soak for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
3. On your face
I wouldn’t recommend using it as a face moisturizer, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, but even if you have dry skin, you may still benefit from a VCO.
With its unique moisturizing properties, VCO keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
“VCO, in its natural oil form, is an occlusive agent that adds moisture to the skin. However, because it is occlusive, it forms a layer over the skin to trap moisture. [unsuitable] It’s for people with oily, acne-prone skin,” explained Dr. Ahn.
If you wear make-up every day, you can also use VCO as a natural alternative to make-up remover, which strongly breaks down make-up particles that are beneficial for waterproof cosmetics.
“When I use VCO in my beauty regimen, [depend] Mainly skin types and skin concerns. [So] I would recommend getting a dermatologist’s guidance if you can incorporate this [into] It’s your routine,” concludes Dr. Anne.
Made Mindful Virgin Coconut Oil (P249) is one of the FDA approved VCOs readily available on the market.
Locally pressed from organic coconuts planted by Filipino farmers in Quezon and Bicol. As a tribute to sustainability, Made Mindful VCO comes in a glass bottle and aluminum cap packed in a custom-designed recycled kraft paper box. — GMA News, LA