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Why South Indians Rub Coconut Oil On Their Skin?

Southern parts of India have been well known for their love and preference for coconut. Not only is their curry generously sprinkled with coconut in all its variation, but also their skin regimen in one way or the other related to coconut.

This got us fascinated and curious. So, does coconut oil really work well on the skin? If so, how to use it?

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Following the well-threaded trail of countless researchers, a battalion of skin experts and an army of natural-beauty devotees, we found out what the hype is all about.

First, coconut oil contains medium fatty acid chains that help the skin retain moisture better, making the skin supple and smooth.

Second, coconut oil is a powerhouse of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and these three acids together slough off dead skin layers, promote regeneration of new skin cells and form a protective layer against microbial infection.

What's more, coconut oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants and skin-loving minerals, which seep through the pores, easily getting absorbed into the skin, helping you revel in the best skin of your life.

With so many benefits in store, we say don't just rub coconut oil on face, but every single pore of your being!

Here is to revealing top South Indian beauty secrets using coconut oil. Check them out!

Body Massage

Before going to bed, massage your skin lightly with pure coconut oil. Let it sit overnight, by morning your skin will seem super smooth and supple. Bonus point: regular usage will over time reduce skin pigmentation.

Pimple Vanquisher

Antibacterial properties in coconut oil will dry out the pimple, without leaving any trail. Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with 5 drops of tea tree oil, and gently massage it onto your skin. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning.

Cuticle Healer

Got cracked and peeling cuticles? Here is what you need to do. Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in low flame for 2 minutes. Let the oil cool to lukewarm. Immerse your nails into the solution, let it sit for 5 minutes, massage your hands thoroughly with the oil. Put on some comfy gloves and let it sit overnight. By morning, your nails will be super-glossy!

Under-eye Cream

Mix 5 drops of almond oil with an equal amount of coconut oil. Using clean fingers, massage the oil onto the area under your eyes. It is light enough to get easily absorbed, plus it reduces puffiness and prevents fine lines. Use this homemade coconut oil face mask every night.

Body Scrub

Take ½ a cup of coconut oil and mix in two tablespoons of sea salt. Mix well. Moisten your body skin, and gently scrub it using the concoction in a circular motion. Do it for 5 minutes. Let the solution sit for another 10 minutes and then rinse it off with plain water. Use this coconut oil scrub for smooth and clear skin once a week.

Body Butter

Take ½ a cup of shea butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 10 drops of jojoba oil and 5 drops of lavender oil and mix it well. Beat it rigorously, until you get a fluffy consistency. Store it in an air-tight container. Use it immediately after shower to lock in the moisture.

Detox Bath

To soothe, heal and rejuvenate your tired muscles, try this detox bath. Pour ½ a cup of Epsom salt, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of peppermint oil to your bath. Soak yourself in the solution for as long as you want, before following your usual bath routine.

Hair-Strengthening Mask

Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning, grind it into a fine paste. Add half a cup of coconut milk and 10 drops of almond oil to the paste. Whip it up into a smooth paste. Wet your hair and apply the coconut milk mask for thick hair to your scalp and length of your hair. Let it stay for an hour, before shampooing and conditioning as usual.

If you have any more tips on how to use coconut oil on skin, do share them with us at the comment section below.

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    Story first published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 14:00 [IST]
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