In the past, coconut oil has gotten a bad reputation. But the fact of the matter is that coconut oil has one of the richest sources of saturated fat, with about 90% of its calories in saturated fat. It also has a plentiful amount of uses for your skin, all of which will help to preserve the glow of your natural skin.
Why You Should Use Coconut Oil on Your Skin Instead of Lotion
Those other commercial moisturizers make you feel as though your skin is nourished because of the water, but as soon as that water dries, your skin becomes dry and dehydrated. Many of these moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that will, in the long run, suffocate your skin. However, coconut oil can provide you with a deeper cleansing for your skin. It will help to strengthen your primary tissues. It can also remove any excess dead cells on the skin's surface which can make your skin appear rough and scaly. Coconut oil can solve plenty of skin issues. It can soothe bug bites, help with any rashes, get rid of flaky skin, easily remove any eye makeup, soften wrinkles, protect you from sun damage, and it can keep your tan in place for longer. Lastly, it can heal skin faster. This is because coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids. It will quickly absorb into the skin where it will then be used for nutrition and energy. This process provides your skin with all the energy that it will need to heal and maintain itself.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
* Coconut oil has been proven to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
* It can help cure your acne; it kills the bacteria causing the blemishes in the skin.
* Coconut oil can be applied as a deodorant and can be used to remove any body odor.
* Mixed with a few drops of Bergamot essential oil, coconut oil can help to heal chapped lips and cold sores.
* Coconut oil is natural - there are no chemicals in it. * The Vitamin E found in coconut oil is known to help soothe psoriasis and eczema.
* There are three fatty acids found in coconut oil: capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. All three of these acids can kill candida, which is a common cause of fungal infections in the skin.
* Coconut oil can be used as a cloth diaper cream. It can be used as a barrier to help prevent diaper rash.
* Coconut oil helps lighten age spots.
* It helps prevent stretch marks when pregnant. * When used consistently on skin, it can get rid of cellulite.
* It can help to improve the itch of chicken pox and poison ivy.
* Coconut oil, when placed on cuticles, can help nails to grow.
For Best Results For your face, apply as you would with any other moisturizer. Only use a small amount; use about twice a week. Wipe off after two minutes. If irritation occurs, stop use. If no irritation occurs, start applying all over body and leave overnight. While it does have a greasy consistency, it’s great at absorbing rapidly into your skin.
Skin can get dry and sometimes you need a quick way to fix that problem. You can just go into your kitchen and find some products which are just as great for your skin as any lotion you can find in stores. Here are ten of the best foods to put on your skin.
1. Strawberries - There are two easy ways to apply strawberries to your face. One way is by smashing the strawberries and placing them on your face as a mask. Another method is to just rub the strawberries all over your skin. Working as an antioxidant, the strawberries will get rid of any oils on your face which will result in brightened skin.
2. Eggs - You can use either the whole egg or just the egg white. The whole egg will offer your skin more moisturizer than the egg white would. The egg whites will tighten your pores, though, and will help you in getting firmer skin. All you have to do is rub the egg all over your clean face and then a simple egg mask will form.
3. Baking Soda - Baking soda is one of the best and most inexpensive ways to get rid of any pesky dead cells on your face. To get the best results, start off with a freshly cleaned face. Gently scrub your face with a paste of baking soda and distilled water for about 10 minutes.
4. Lemon Juice - Lemon juice is a great thing to add to any mask. It brightens your skin, tightens your pores, and cuts through the oil on your face. You can apply it right onto your face for about five minutes or just add it to an egg white mask.
5. Honey - Honey can be applied just as the lemon juice. It can either be used by itself or be mixed with another mask. It can be used as a moisturizer and will even help control all of those gross breakouts. You can put it on your face and leave it there as long as you would like.
6. Bananas - You will want to use bananas that have some brown in them as these will work the best. Bananas can greatly exfoliate your skin and will give a dull skin a greater complexion. They will moisturize and are great for all skin types. Mash up the bananas and rub all over your skin – adding a bit of honey if you’d like. Rinse off after about 10 minutes.
7. Oats - Grind them into a powder and add water. The oats with the added water will make a great moisturizing scrub. Substituting water for milk can soothe dry and sunburned skin.
8. Yogurt - The lactic acid in yogurt is a great way to leave your skin feeling fresh and exfoliated. Yogurt can be used as a brightener and a moisturizer.
9. Almonds - Like oats, you will want to grind up almonds too. Turn them into a powder. They will moisturize, exfoliate, and cleanse your skin.
10. Olive Oil - Olive Oil is a great moisturizer for your face.
Of course, consider a s skin test first to avoid sensitivity or allergic reactions.
This post is thanks to Flint Rehab and the link to the original post is below. Learn why post stroke exercise is so important and how to gauge how much exercise to do.
How Much Exercise After Stroke Is Enough?
Every stroke patient will benefit from a different amount/level of exercise because every stroke is different. However, for the sake of this article, here’s a quick rule of thumb:
Move a little every day, and you’ll be better off than not exercising. If you struggle with post-stroke paralysis, even passive exercise or stretching counts.
But beyond a little daily movement, you’ll be in the best shape if you move strategically every day.
Here’s what we mean by strategic:
What’s the Best Strategy for Stroke Exercise?The purpose of exercise after stroke is to rewire the brain through neuroplasticity.
Since neuroplasticity is activated by repetition, your strategy should involve emphasizing repetition during your physical therapy stroke rehab exercises.
The more you repeat each exercise, the better you will get at making that movement. But how much repetition is enough?
This is the first installment of Sunday Self Care. This is where I give you self care tips and recipes on Sunday so you can get the ingredients during the week, to use next Sunday. So, I am going to start simple with one of my favorites... SMOOTHING BODY SCRUB. Raw sugar exfoliates to give skin a healthy glow. Less irritating than salt, this scrub is gentle enough of most all skin types. Add a citrus for a summer refresher and a mint for those bothersome allergies.
1 cup of raw sugar
1/4 cup of light oil such as almond, grape seed or coconut
5-8 drops of essential oil or 1 tablespoon zest of grapefruit, orange or lemon.
Place the ingredients in a glass container with a lid...mason jars work good.
This scrub is best used while seated. Use your hands or washcloth.
Lightly rinse the remaining sugar off, while leaving as much oil as possible.
Use caution when exiting the tub or shower.
Enjoy your polished and moisturized skin.
Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.