Coconut oil can do some amazing things: from skin care, hair care, treating yeast infections, replacing a pricier moisturiser, improving digestion, to boosting immunity against a host of infections and diseases, and speeding up the healing process on a surface wound. People are discovering the wonders this oil can create, and it is again gaining popularity throughout the world.
But some of the tips we’ve heard sound too good to be true. Some experts have done a thorough research and have come up with what’s real and what’s not. This article will sift the wheat from chaff.
True. Tame frizz
True! This trick definitely works. Rub coconut oil in your palms to warm it up, and then simply massage it into strands. Wash it out a few hours later. The molecules in coconut oil are small enough so it penetrates the hair shaft. It locks the moisture in. That is what keeps the hair nice and healthy looking.
True. Replace Moisturiser
Coconut oil is very moisturising and safe to use, even on the face, for all skin types. Even if you have oily skin, if you put on a thin layer it could help control the oil.
Fairly. Lose weight
You might, but nutritionist Dana James reminds us it’s not that easy. Coconut oil has about the same amount of calories and fat — albeit different types of fats — compared to other oils like olive. Weight loss can be complex, and simply adding coconut oil into the diet without changing anything else is not going to be enough. Although the high level of saturated fats in coconut oil can help suppress the appetite.
Myth. As Sunscreen
False. Please don’t try this. Instead get a real sunscreen to protect your skin. It may give some sun protection benefits, but it does not replace your need for sunscreen.
True. As Natural Deodorant.
Sure, if you don’t mind smelling like coconut! It kills off bacteria and yeast, and that is what causes odour. However, while coconut oil might be OK as a deodorant, it definitely doesn’t work as an antiperspirant.
Myth: Get Rid of Stretch Marks
Not true, sorry. Stretch marks come from a loss of ground substance in the skin, and you can’t replace that.
True. Heal Wounds
Believe it or not, this is true. Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties helps cuts and scrapes heal faster.
True. As Makeup Remover
Yes, coconut oil can even help remove stubborn eye makeup — but most oils can do this. Just be careful not to get it in your eyes.
True. Whiten Teeth
Some dentists confirm this works. According to them, swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes — also known as oil-pulling — can also remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis. Although, there is not much testing on this.
Myth. Food Tastes like Coconut When used for Cooking
Coconut oil is actually a mild, light option and you probably won’t detect the fruit in most recipes. It works best cooking with high heat.