Coconut Oil for Wrinkles
Aging is an inevitable truth of life and it is best to embrace it gracefully. However, with every freckle and wrinkle on our face and skin, you could start to feel uncomfortable about it. You start getting conscious and try a dozen different remedies to get around it. Do you know, coconut oil works wonders for wrinkles.
Let’s understand what changes in our body which lead to wrinkles. Our body produces collagen which is responsible for the quality of the skin, the strength and its elasticity. Whenever this production reduces, it starts wrinkles. Usually, the reason is aging, however, excessive exposure to sunlight and smoking are the ones that damage your collagen and increase the early onset of wrinkles.
Coconut oil, which is a well-known moisturiser, is also a recommended remedy to reduce wrinkles without the fear of any side effects. The virgin cold pressed coconut oil increases the production of collagen which in turn encourages the growth of new skin cells. It greatly helps in improving the skin texture and elasticity and consequently reducing wrinkle folds. Your skin soon looks younger and this pushes back the advent of new wrinkles.
So, let’s dive in and explore the different applications of coconut oil.
#1 Simply Coconut
Best applied directly and even better when it is virgin coconut oil and is cold pressed. Cold pressed oils ensure that the free radicals are not released. Before you plan to apply, ensure the area is washed well and air-dried. Before the surface becomes completely dry, take a few drops of the oil and gently massage it.
Coconut oil tends to solidify during the winter as it gets cold. The best way is to dip the container in lukewarm water to liquefy it. Do not heat it on high heat as the free radicals then get destroyed. For best results and high absorption, do this before going to bed.
#2 Castor and Cocoa Mix
A mix of castor oil and cocoa is like a top-up to the already fantastic coconut oil. It brings along the power of antioxidants which help reactivate cell growth. It also reduces any irritation and soothes the skin. So, next time for deep conditioning of your skin, make this magical concoction. Take equal amounts of coconut and castor oil and whisk them into a blend.
Ensure you have cleansed your skin and then take a few drops and gently massage it in. The longer the application stays undisturbed, the better it is. Therefore, it is highly recommended to be used before sleeping whether it is the lazy siesta at noon or night. The beauty nap enhances the effects and leaves your skin supple and youthful.
#3 Apple Cider Vinegar with Coconut Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar works as a cleansing agent and an astringent. The acidity removes the extra oiliness, balances the skin’s pH and it tones the skin. You cannot use it directly and so it needs to be diluted with equal parts of water. Apply using a soft gauge or cotton balls and dab it on the skin to lightly moisten it. After this dries off, take a few drops of coconut oil and generously massage it in.
#4 Cocoa, Cucumber and Aloe Vera Face Pack
This is a deep nourishing face pack that you will love. This brings together cucumber’s soothing properties and Aloe vera’s healing properties. The two help improve skin texture and skin health by strengthening the skin tissues and increasing skin elasticity.
Take a small peeled cucumber and prepare a smooth paste. Add a tablespoon of Aloe gel and a few drops of coconut oil and mix well.
Wash your face to remove any dirt and extra oiliness. Apply this paste and let it stay for 15-20 mins before washing off with some cold water.
#5 Vitamin E Infused Coconut Oil
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for improving skin health. A lot of times we take supplements and even apply this topically. It removes the dryness and packs a ton of antioxidants. It is also capable of reversing the damage caused by free radicals and UV exposure.
Before you massage coconut oil, add the contents of the Vitamin E capsule into it. For enhanced relaxation, add a couple of drops of lemongrass essential oil. Mix them well and then apply them to your skin. Massage gently in a circular motion for at least 15 mins before wiping off the excess oil. Follow with a light rinse with normal temperature water.
Leave it overnight for the best results.
#6 Turmeric Infused Coconut Oil
Raw turmeric is another ingredient used for its anti-inflammatory properties and cleansing benefits. It contains a lot of antioxidants that are very good for the skin. The turmeric is also used to even out the skin tone and add glow to the skin. Most importantly it increases collagen production which helps in skin looking better and firmer. Prepare about a teaspoon of raw turmeric paste and add it to a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well. The consistency is not going to be smooth and uniform, so do not fret. Apply this as evenly as possible and leave it on for about 20 mins before washing it off.
As you may already be aware, these additional ingredients have their own benefits and help when used independently. The use with coconut oil just marries their benefits with the moisturising and antioxidating properties of coconut oil and speeds up the process. As soon as you start using these you will see a remarkable change in your skin health and your skin will feel firmer. Indulge yourself and with all the variety here you will never find it mundane.
Season’s Greetings and Cheers to you feeling younger from inside!