Coconut Oil: A Soothing Relief for Sensitive Skin

 
 

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Struggling with sensitive skin? I’ve been there! Dealing with skin prone to rashes and bumps, that feels itchy,  breaks out easily, shows broken capillaries, and has dry patches can be a nightmare.  Either because you are having an inappropriate skincare routine or using products which contain irritants, sensitive skin will make you experience a level of discomfort, redness, and/or sting.  If you have been in my shoes, you may understand the frustration of buying face creams or even makeup you love, that later on, you are not able to continue using.   It wasn’t until last year when I found out this inexpensive but effective remedy: Coconut Oil for skincare. 

Despite the controversy about coconut oil uses for cooking, in this post I will share with you:

  • The main reason why you should carefully consider the products you apply over your skin
  • The benefits you can expect from the topical use of coconut oil
  • The step-by-step process to start using it on your skincare routine

 
 

Why should you rather use natural organic skin products?

Let me start by saying I am not a skin expert, but a person with enough experience looking for alternatives while dealing with her own sensitive skin issues.  In my case, the decision to adventure using natural skin products become serious after receiving a skin cancer diagnosis (Basal Cell Carcinoma) in 2018. I had surgery to have a mole removed from my back, and many things started to change for me since then.

One of the aspects I have been challenged in is trying to avoid toxic ingredients – as much as possible -, in the products I apply over my skin.

All of us have heard that many of the synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and are carcinogenic.

But who cares about the presence of these dangerous ingredients when everything is going well with our health? For me, the skin cancer diagnosis was a red light. A timely alarm which woke me up and made me aware of the importance of my decisions when selecting the skin products I use regularly.

My purpose is not to create panic, but to raise awareness.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the number of toxins your body is exposed to. Here s a list of the most common dangerous toxins you should keep an eye on:

10 TOXIC BEAUTY INGREDIENTS TO AVOID (2)

Check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.


BOTTOM LINE:  Educate yourself and do your research before to decide what beauty products to buy. The skin products you are endorsing today may become an invoice to pay in sickness tomorrow.


 
 

How does coconut oil work for sensitive skin?

Coconut oil has been one of the first add-ons I made in my daily skincare routine.  One of my firsts experiments I do not regret at all!  Since then, we are inseparable.  I really like the idea that I can have my jar refilled only taking a quick trip to my kitchen pantry. 😀

You don’t have to worry about what is in it because coconut oil is extracted from the meat of fresh coconuts and considered to be a safe topical skin treatment for most people.

PRECAUTIONS: 
  • If you’re allergic to coconuts, avoid using it.  Some people with walnut and hazelnut allergies have reactions to coconut oil.  Keep that in mind before you make a full application of coconut oil on your face.
  • If you have skin that’s prone to blackheads, you should stay away from it. Coconut oil iS fairly comedogenic, meaning that it builds up and clogs pores if your skin doesn’t fully absorb it.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you use cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil to ensure there are fewer chemicals and additives in your product. This is the kind of coconut oil that most clinical trials use when they study its properties.

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BOTTOM LINE:  You can only verify what has been said by giving coconut oil a try.  Not every skin responds the same way.  The relief you have been looking for the issues caused by sensitive skin might be stored in your kitchen pantry without you knowing it.


 
 

How to use coconut oil in your sensitive skincare routine?

There are many options for coconut oil to be used topically over your skin. These are the basic four steps I most commonly follow in my skincare routine.  I love using coconut oil as a substitute for my store brand: Face wash, makeup remover, night cream, and exfoliator. Let me explain how you can do it:

 
 

Exfoliating CleanseSimply combine a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. (2 tsp. of coconut oil + 1 tsp. of baking soda). It is a good exfoliator as it has tiny granules which deep cleanse the hair follicle and removes the dirt and dead skin cells.  Massage it gently on your skin in a circular motion. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Apply 2 times a week.
Night CreamMake sure your face is clean before you apply coconut oil. Collect a dime-size amount of the cream. Dab it onto your face. Follow an upward, circular direction to massage the cream on to your skin.

Skin CleanserTake 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and emulsify with your fingers. Massage it gently on your skin in a circular motion. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Waterproof Makeup RemoverFor waterproof eye makeup, coat your eyelids and eyelashes with coconut oil. Be careful so that the oil won't get into your eyes. Gently massage the oil into your skin to loosen makeup. Wipe off with a cotton pad and wash off with warm water.

 
 

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BOTTOM LINE:  For your personal use, keep a portion of the coconut oil in a small glass container with a lid. Always use a spatula to apply it over your skin.  Store the coconut oil in a cool dry place.  Cover the container with the lid after each use.


 
 


 
 

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Get the Real Health Benefits of Fruit Infused Water

 

 

FRUIT INFUSED WATER

 

Have you ever tried fruit infused water? This healthy, hydrating and refreshing beverage is good for your body and delights your senses. Personally, I love this stuff. Fruit infused water is great but let’s discuss the benefits this water can really offer. In this article, I am going to share an overall picture of what it is said about its properties (myths) versus the facts.  Learn about the health reasons why you should consider drinking it and the simple steps for you to start making it at home:

  • Are these fruit-infused water recipes what they claim to be?
  • Is it true that helps your body to get rid of toxins?
  • Can it work as a metabolism and energy booster,  helping out on weight loss,  giving you a clear skin or a flatter stomach?
  • What should it be considered in the process of preparing it?

 

What is Fruit Infused Water?

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In the first place, we are going to clarify the concept.  Maybe you´ve heard of it as detox water, flavored fruit water, or infused water. This is a combination of any fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs immersed in cold water.  Infused water is different from smoothies, lemonades, or fruit juices because the water has only a slightly fruity flavor, which intensity can be adjusted according to your taste.  It is important to mention that the infused water has no sugars added to it, only the natural sweetness provided by the fruit.

These are some of the fruit infused water recipes I like the most, and for that reason, recommend you to start with:

  • Apple-Cinnamon water
  • Grapefruit-Rosemary water
  • Lemon-Cucumber Mint water
  • Lemon-Orange water
  • Cantaloupe-Cucumber water
  • Watermelon-Ginger-Mint water

 

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BOTTOM LINE: To make infused water, add fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to water with lots of ice. Let it stand for an hour or so before drinking it. You can also chill it in your refrigerator. For stronger flavor, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking.


 

Health Claims about Fruit Infused Water

Fruit infused water is said to have many health benefits, including:

  • Anti-aging.97663806 - beautiful young woman with lemonade on color background, closeup
  • Clearing up acne.
  • Weight loss.
  • Improving complexion.
  • Blood sugar regulation.
  • Toxin removal or detox.
  • Balancing the pH of the body.
  • Better digestive health.
  • Boosting immune function.
  • Improving mood and relaxation.
  • Increasing energy levels.

Regardless the glory of fruit-infused water is at some point true, it´s not magical. The health benefits that can be validated are those related to your hydration by drinking pure water.  Be aware that many of the health attributes mentioned on the list above are in some instances, a little exaggerated. If I am writing this article is because I want to encourage you to try this delicious water for the RIGHT reasons.

 


BOTTOM LINE:  What many addresses to be a magic cure-all solution could be in fact just an ordinary glass of water. 🙂   Make your own conclusions reading from reliable sources about it.


 

Good Reasons to Start Drinking Fruit Infused Water

I have created a table of information which presents a contrast between what is commercially promoted about fruit infused water and the benefits you can actually get from it:

 

FRUIT INFUSED WATER REAL HEALTH BENEFITS

 MYTHS VS. FACTS

MYTHS FACTS
It can help detoxify the body.More water makes the body’s job of flushing toxins easier, but you can get that water from your tap.
It helps on blood sugar regulation. Fruit adds flavor without any the use of dyes, chemicals or artificial sweeteners, which helps to improve your overall health.
It boosts mood and energy levels. Walking around in a dehydrated state can make you feel lethargic, irritated, and headachy. Increasing your hydration levels properly will definitely make an impact on the way you feel.
It is a immune system booster.There’s no substantial research to support claims that fruit-infused water by itself is a truly viable source of nutrients, or that it has any major impact on your immune system.
It gives you a glowing skin. It can provide the same hydration benefits for your skin as regular water: Less oily, dull, aggravated, itchy and irritated.
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It helps you to loose weight quickly. Fruit infused water can cut the calories intake significantly on your drinks, considering these water recipes have no calories. This option can become an ally on your weight management.
It is your own ‘vitamin water,’ but without the cost or hidden ingredients.You don't get that many nutrients from the ingredients in fruit infused water, especially not compared to eating them in their whole form.

 

Even if it’s not overly substantial, there may be some nutrients transferred from the fruit into the water. Experts say it’s unclear how much benefit you’d actually get from drinking infused water.

Staying hydrated is essential for health; however, people often find plain water boring. Rather than switching to sugar-laden beverages for a dose of “flavor,” you can turn to fruit and vegetables to lend a lift to your water.

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BOTTOM LINE:  If infusing your water with fruits and vegetables means that you drink more water reducing your consumption of sodas, fruit juice, sports drinks, etc., this alternative can become a turning point for your overall health.


 

How to Start Getting The Infused Water Benefits?

 

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Take these considerations to get the best of this delicious and refreshing drink that you can make easily at home:

  1. Choose organic fruits and veggies when you can. Wash produce and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, and other residues.
  2. Use cold, or room temperature filtered water adding lots of ice.
  3. Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.

 

 

ABOUT THE FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND HERBS YOU HANDLE ON WATER RECIPES:

    • Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered. Harder fruits like apples should be sliced very thinly because they take longer to release flavors.
    • Crush fibrous ginger root, rosemary, and lemongrass with a muddler or wooden spoon; tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and cilantro to release their oils.
    • Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint flavor water almost immediately.
    • Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
    • Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours; citrus and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
    • Unpeeled citrus can make water taste bitter after 4 hours, for this reason, it is recommended to remove them before that time adding new slices.
    • To keep sipping all day long, refill your infused water container when it’s half full. It will be weaker than your first drink, but still flavorful.

 

 

 

Articles to read more about it:

Can detox waters really flush your fat and toxins away?

Healthy Drinks: An Easy Way to Cut Calories

Fruit-Infused Water: The Benefits, Myths and 20 Fruit Water Recipes

Detox Water Health Benefits and Myths

Soft drinks consumption and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

 

 

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