Coconut oil continues to grow in popularity as more and more people discover all the different ways it can be used, as well as how beneficial it is for many different parts of the body. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about coconut oil.
Are there different types of coconut oil?
The two main types are virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is extracted from fresh mature coconuts at room temperature. It is not processed and is the most natural form of coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is extracted from the meat of dried coconuts and is often heated during the extraction process, which makes it less natural than virgin coconut oil.
Is coconut oil healthy to eat?
Virgin coconut oil, which hasn't been processed like the refined version, is a healthy alternative to butter, shortening or vegetable oil. Although it contains saturated fat, it has been shown to have a neutral or positive effect on cholesterol levels because it contains medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed by the body differently than other saturated fats.
Many health practitioners now advise consuming about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. If you are not used to this much fat in your diet, it may be beneficial to start with a smaller amount and work your way up to this amount gradually.
How else can coconut oil be used?
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for skin and hair. It also helps heal damage to skin and hair and provides protection from future damage. It can be applied to skin anywhere on the body like lotion, used as shave lotion, and makes a very effective makeup remover. For hair, it is best used as a leave-in conditioner which is then washed out with shampoo. Coconut oil is a versatile product that has many uses besides cooking with it.
Wouldn't using oil on my skin or hair make it feel greasy?
Coconut oil absorbs into skin and hair better than traditional lotions and conditioners, but some users do complain about greasiness. Biconi offers hair and skin care products that contain virgin coconut oil and other healthy ingredients without the greasy feel plain coconut oil can leave behind.
Radiant Skin Facial Cleanser is specially formulated to fade dark spots and redness on skin as well as minimize the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Hair Rejuvenating Solid Shampoo and Hair Repair Conditioner help heal and prevent damage to hair as well as plumping up hair's volume and stimulating new hair growth.
Doesn't using commercial products defeat the purpose of going natural with coconut oil?
Biconi's hair and skin products are made from natural ingredients like glycerin, a vegetable product, and other plant-based extracts. They are free from harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. They contain no animal products or mineral oil, which can clog pores and may even be carcinogenic. These products are a great way to get the benefits of coconut oil without the greasy feeling, and without chemicals or artificial ingredients to counteract the natural qualities of the coconut oil.
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