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10 Beauty Benefits & Uses Of Coconut Oil

10 Beauty Benefits & Uses Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking, it is a great natural oil that has amazing beauty and skin benefits. Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal.

1. Intensive Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil makes great deep conditioning hair treatment. Treat yourself to a coconut oil hair mask by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil between your hands, then applying it to your hair from roots to ends one section at a time. Comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning. Coconut oil can work wonders for dry, damaged hair to soften hair and restore luster.

2. Makeup remover
Coconut oil makes a great make up remover. Place some coconut oil on a cotton pad and rub gently in a circular motion around your eye to remove makeup. Coconut oil has antibacterial and moisturizing properties make it a perfect natural eye make up remover.

3. Eye cream
Coconut oil is also great for hydrating the gentle skin around your eyes. It also helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles and leave your eye area baby soft and decrease signs of wrinkles

4.Moisturizer
Coconut is a great natural moisturizer. The fatty acids in coconut oil helps lock moisture into the skin, so smooth some over your elbows and other rough spots to soften and heal.

5. Cuticle oil
Dab on some coconut oil to your cuticles if they’ve been been looking a bit dry and ragged. For extra soft cuticles, do this before bed and put on gloves – you’ll wake up to soft, smooth digits.

6.Lip Balm
The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier, locking moisture in and helping your skin hold on to moisture. Using coconut oil as a lip balm will keep your lips soft and smooth.

7.Sunburn Care
And if you’ve spent a little too long in the sun, coconut oil is also a great after sun moisturizer. Keeping the skin moisturized while it’s healing.

8. Body scrub
Use coconut oil to make your own body scrub. Just combine equal parts of coconut oil with brown sugar. Coconut oil also has anti-fungal properties, so it makes a great foot scrub too!

9. Face scrub
Make your own gentle face exfoliate with coconut oil and baking soda. You skin will be baby soft.

10.Shaving cream
Coconut oil makes a great for shaving cream. It’s perfect for those of you who have sensitive skin and may be sensitive to all the chemicals in normal shaving creams. Coconut oil also makes for a great smooth shave.

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Toxic Trends In Everyday Beauty – From Green Lifestyles Network

Toxic Trends In Everyday Beauty

In the beauty industry the current trend is to look young and rejuvenated. Women and some men search high and low for the beauty products that “guarantee” youthful appearance. They buy hundreds of products that promise to prevent or reverse aging. What most people don’t know is that there is an average of thirty artificial chemical ingredients in beauty products. These artificially produced ingredients destroy immune systems within the body then affect the waterways in which they drain when we wash them off. Many people fall into the trap of trying to achieve their desired look while overlooking the consequences of the artificial and potentially toxic chemicals that they use.

Artificially manufactured chemicals in shampoos, for instance, can break down the body’s immune system and lead to cancer. Cheap or expensive, modern shampoos are usually a mixture of a handful of detergents, most of which are harmful to our skin. Coal tar, a popular ingredient in shampoos, is known to be effective in controlling and reducing dandruff. However, it is also known as a cancer-causing agent. Another ingredient in shampoo, ZPTO or zinc pyrithione, can cause severe allergic reactions, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness and lack of concentration. Manufacturers do not acknowledge these side effects when selling the benefits of soft, bouncy hair to consumers.

Shampoo is not the only beauty product that has toxic chemicals. Deodorant is one of the most commonly used beauty products. However, most people do not know that deodorant contains aluminum, which when applied to the skin, becomes absorbed into the body. The aluminum in the body is known to cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Other popular beauty products are antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. Triclosan, an ingredient found in many of those soaps, has been found in the blood of wild dolphins, affecting their development negatively. Studies have also found that elevated blood levels of triclosan may lead to a depressed central nervous system and impaired thyroid function, as well as to hormone disruption.

Polyethelene glycol (PEG) is a common ingredient in facial cleansers. Frighteningly, this ingredient can also be found in oven cleaners. The ingredient is added to dissolve the oil and grease on our skin. When a chemical dissolves a substance on our bodies, it is more than likely damaging our external skin and our internal bodies. Polyethylene glycol is also used as a thickener to produce a creamy consistency in creams, lotions, and soaps. The ingredient deteriorates our immune system at a slow pace, taking away our skin’s natural moisture, and is potentially carcinogenic.

Another ingredient that is found in many facial cleaners and exfoliates are tiny plastic beads. Often found in cleansing scrubs for their abrasive effect on the face and body, they are listed in the ingredient list as polyethylene. Seemingly harmless, these bits, which are less than one millimeter in diameter, wash down the drain and eventually flow into our oceans. The beads fall to the ocean floor or are swallowed by aquatic animals. They will never biodegrade. An easy solution for consumers is to choose scrubs that contain sugar, apricot, nuts or other natural abrasives, that do not damage the waterways or leave permanent manmade footprints in nature.

Propylene glycol (PG) is found in hair care products, cosmetics, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes, and toothpaste. It is also used in processing our food and is the active ingredient in anti-freeze. Industrial workers handling this product have to wear gloves and even eye protection because of its toxicity to the skin. It also has to be disposed of at hazardous waste sites. We use this ingredient, however, in extreme concentrations in daily products for our skin and even in our mouths.

GREEN ALTERNATIVES

So what do we here at Greenlifestyles.org recommend? Most women don’t know that the same ingredients in the 200-dollar bottle of “elixir of life” can be found in their very own back yard or local market. Sugar and honey is a great facial. The ingredients are natural and healing. Many women look for products that promise to rejuvenate the skin and lift bags under their eyes. Instead of using toxic chemicals that dissolve oil, using lemon and cucumbers work just as well. Cucumbers lift bags under the eyes and lemon juice lightens the skin, especially dark unwanted scars.

Shampoo originates from the Hindi word champoo. However, in India most of the population do not use manufactured shampoos, but create original shampoos using natural ingredients. For example, the powder of neem (soap nuts) is mixed with eggs, almonds, curds, buttermilk and honey. The ingredients are ground together to make a paste that works wonderfully to nourish and strengthen the hair without stripping it of its natural oils.

Return to older practices and find organic alternatives for shampoos, soaps and more, to heal the body. Instead of washing toxic chemicals down our drains when using synthetic shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and facial cleaners, it would be eco-friendly, health producing, and logical to use natural products that are better for our bodies, for the earth, and for its oceans. If we band together and choose natural ingredients over toxic chemicals and manufactured ingredients, we can make a positive impact on our earth, our waterways, and our bodies, all at once. We can do it!

Go to http://www.greenlifestyles.org for videos and articles on green health and beauty alternatives.

– Khali Hampton

Additional information on this topic can be found at:

1. Leavell, C. L. (2010, July 12). 11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet. Retrieved from http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/photos/11-beauty-products-that-may-be-ruining-the-planet-0.

2. Archer, L. A. (2007, February 7). The campaign for safe cosmetics. Retrieved from http://www.safecosmetics.org/

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