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P.S. Virgin Coconut Oil Is The ~*Natural*~ Beauty Product You Need In Your Life RN

It's a staple for a reason.
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Ahh, virgin coconut oil. It has been touted by many as an all-around product—you can use it all over your body and even take it orally. Though it's seen as a "cure-all" for a lot of things, it can't just grant you glowing skin or help you score longer hair ASAP. The good news, however, is that it is still a great product to have in your arsenal. Below, we discuss everything you need to know about this beauty staple, from its benefits, possible side effects, and all the ways you can include it in your regimen:

What is virgin coconut oil?

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is naturally extracted oil from fresh, mature coconut kernels. It did not go through the process of chemical refining, bleaching, or deodorization, which helps it retain most of its nutritional components. The primary fatty acid present in VCO is lauric acid, which has properties that can kill bacteria on the skin. It also contains high levels of linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid used in emollients and skin-soothing products.

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What are the benefits of virgin coconut oil?

  1. It can reduce inflammation and redness.

    Virgin coconut oil's high lauric acid content can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation and redness.

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  2. It can help moisturize dry skin and lock in moisture.

    According to a study, virgin coconut oil is found to decrease transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and improve the epidermal barrier function.

  3. It can tame frizz and soften your hair.

    When used as a weekly hair mask, virgin coconut oil can do wonders for your tresses. Research from 2015 notes that it can prevent dry, brittle strands from further breakage or damage.

  4. It helps to wash out the toxins in your teeth and gums.

    Virgin coconut oil is also a more ~natural~ alternative to your regular mouthwash. Swishing it around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes every day can help wash out the toxins from your teeth and gums, plus get rid of bad breath.

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Are there any side effects to using virgin coconut oil?

Even though virgin coconut oil is hailed as a ~miracle worker~, it's not without any side effects. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, we don't recommend slathering VCO all over your face. It is highly comedogenic. It can clog your pores, causing *more* breakouts.

How do I include virgin coconut oil in my beauty regimen?

  1. Body moisturizer

    As we mentioned above, we don't recommend slathering VCO on your face. You can, however, massage it all over your body to give your skin a sexy, lit-from-within glow.

  2. Hair mask

    Yup, your new fave deep conditioning treatment might have been in your kitchen all along. VCO works wonders in bringing back the moisture to dry, brittle strands. Apply it on your dry hair, wear a shower cap, and sleep with it on overnight. Rinse it off with shampoo in the morning. You'll find that your locks are smoother and much more manageable.

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  3. Lip balm

    Soothe your chapped lips with your very own DIY lip balm! Just fill up a small container with VCO and stick it in the fridge until it solidifies into a balm. You may also choose to add a bit of your fave lipstick to make a ~tinted~ version.

  4. Oil pulling

    ICYDK, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedan practice of swishing edible oil around your mouth to get rid of toxins, bad breath, and plaque. VCO is one of the more popular options to use for this due to its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties!

What are some virgin coconut oil-infused products I can try?

Thanks to its popularity, you don't have to search high and low just to find some virgin coconut oil. Aside from its liquid form, you can also find a lot of VCO-infused products on the market. Check out some of the ones you can shop online:

  1. Growrich Virgin Coconut Oil Capsules

    If you don't feel comfortable taking VCO in its liquid form, you'll be glad to know that it's also available in capsule form. It's easier to swallow and doesn't leave an oily aftertaste.

    Growrich Virgin Coconut Oil Capsules (100 capsules), P1,150, Growrich

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  2. Human Nature Natural Hair Revival Coco Mask

    While you can definitely slather on virgin coconut oil all over your locks, it can be too messy for some. You can still have your VCO fix by purchasing a hair mask that's infused with the said ingredient, like this one from Human Nature.

    Human Nature Natural Hair Revival Coco Mask, P335, Lazada

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  3. Luxe Organix Premium Keratin Treatment Virgin Coconut Oil

    A deep conditioning hair treatment is a must-have for girls with colored hair. This one from Luxe Organix doesn't contain any parabens and sulfates, so you can be sure that it won't fade your dye job.

    Luxe Organix Premium Keratin Treatment Virgin Coconut Oil, P229, Watsons

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  4. Silk Secrets One Minute Hot Oil Treatment Virgin Coconut Oil

    For a more affordable hot oil treatment option, check out this one from Silk Secrets. Massage it on your strands and leave it on for one minute. Make sure to wear a shower cap to help your hair absorb the ~nutrients~.

    Silk Secrets One Minute Hot Oil Treatment Virgin Coconut Oil, P189, Watsons

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  5. Prosource Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

    Aside from applying it topically, you can also choose to take VCO orally. An affordable option would be this one from Prosource—you can use it for your daily oil pulling or drink one to two tablespoons after your meals.

    Prosource Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, P199, BeautyMNL

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