7. Add Coconut Oil to Your Beauty Routine
Whether it’s healthy skin or hair that you want, extra-virgin coconut oil is something you should invest in.
No matter what type of skin you have, extra-virgin coconut oil works as a great moisturizer. It is, in fact, very helpful for older people who are more prone to skin dryness. This oil is one of the only sources of medium-chain fatty acids, which is what makes it so incredibly good for skin.
This oil is also rich in phytonutrients and polyphenols that act as antioxidants and have other tissue-supportive and tissue-protective properties.
A recent 2013 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology showed that topical virgin coconut oil decreased water loss in the skin of people with atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition in which the skin’s natural moisture-locking barrier does not function properly.
Coconut oil is also very effective against hair damage. This is due to its high affinity for hair proteins and low molecular weight, which makes it possible for the oil to penetrate inside the hair shafts.
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that among mineral, sunflower and coconut oils, it is coconut oil that can remarkably reduce the protein loss in both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product.
8. Shave with Care
Most men and women prefer shaving as one of the best methods to get rid of unwanted hair and to enjoy smooth skin.
But if shaving is not done properly and with extra precautions, it can irritate the skin, especially if the skin is thin, dry and sensitive.
A 2011 article in the British Journal of Dermatology reports that shaving represents a highly complex series of mechanical and chemical interactions occurring at the skin surface. To ensure great closeness and optimal comfort, successful management of the skin is paramount.
It is recommended to shave after a warm bath or shower (or pressing a warm wet cloth on your skin) as it helps soften the hair. Never make the mistake of shaving when the skin is dry. Also, use a clean, sharp razor, and shave in the direction of the hair growth. After shaving, rinse the skin well with warm water to remove soap and dead cells.
If the skin becomes irritated after shaving, avoid using an alcohol-based lotion even if it feels refreshingly cool. Such products can make the irritation worse by drying out the skin even more.