Five Benefits of Coconut Oil & Why You Should Use It

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Products containing coconut (or coconut oil, in particular), as an ingredient are a common sight these days, and for good reason. Coconuts have been proven by 1,500 studies to be one of the healthiest foods with diverse health benefits. The best part that makes it so popular? It doesn’t become rancid! Combined with its exceptional healing properties compared to other dietary oils, this makes it an important ingredient in health and skincare products.

Here are five reasons why you should start including coconuts in your daily routine:

1. Coconut oil helps burn fat

Doesn’t eating fats to shed weight sound pretty… counterintuitive?”

As ridiculous as it sounds, it is actually quite logical! Coconut oil contains unique saturated fats which provide energy for the body, instead of just being stored. In turn, this can help burn fat and calories while reducing excessive appetite. Unlike refined, unsaturated vegetable oils that suppress thyroid function (thus causing weight gain), saturated fats from coconut oil don’t!

An easy way to start consuming coconut oil is to do it in small amounts initially. Once your body gets used to this, you can completely replace the oils you’re using now.

2. Keeps your hair shiny and looking great

Commercial hair products can contain harsh chemicals that leave your flat, dry and damaged. Rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and anti-microbial properties, coconut oil can be an ideal alternative! It provides excellent nourishment and moisture for the scalp and hair, and gets rid of pesky dandruff too!

To ensure your locks are looking shiny and healthy, eat healthy fats, drink plenty of water and use natural hair care products.

3. Boosts your immunity

The three unique fats contained in coconut oil are caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid. Lauric acid is known to reduce Candida, the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. With its natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, it also creates a hostile environment for those nasties.

4. Promotes hormonal balance

Achieving hormonal balance is essential to great mental and physical health. Hormonal imbalance can occur naturally from puberty, menopause, perimenopause, etc. It is also largely attributed to an unbalanced lifestyle and toxins. Coconut oil helps naturally balance hormones by replenishing the body with saturated fats, like the ones our bodies naturally already have. These fats support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance and well-being.

5. Boosts and transforms your skin!

Skincare aficionados rejoice! Coconut oil can be regarded as your skin’s best friend as it can be used as a moisturiser, cleanser, and even as a sunscreen!

    • Condition and Soothes Skin

      Coconut oil hydrates and softens the skin and is quickly absorbed. It also clears away dirt and dead skin cells to reveal a healthier and clearer complexion. You don’t have to worry about clogging your pores, as unlike mineral oil, it’s not made from petroleum jelly and is non-comedogenic.

    • Cleanse and tones skin

      Coconut oil works great as a cleanser, moisturiser and even a makeup remover! It doesn’t discriminate as it works well with all skin types. It improves collagen cross-linking, which may help improve fine lines and wrinkles.

    • Reduces acne

      Thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it can also target acne breakouts, soothe inflammation and alleviate red, dry skin that accompanies acne. Complementing it with coconut oil to prevent acne scars helps strengthen skin for a healthier and more radiant complexion!

NEW: Our Porcelain Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel contains coconut extracts combined with AHA (Malic Acid) and BHA (Salicylic Acid) to deeply cleanse your pores and remove impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture. Cucumber, Sage and Aloe vera extracts soothe and moisturise skin to provide balance to the skin’s pH, while Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Soybean Extracts provide anti-oxidation effects to prevent breakouts.

The Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel is available now for S$59.00 at all Porcelain outlets and online store.

Daily Cleansing Gel & Makeup Cleanser

The Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (right, 120ml) and the Revive – Makeup Cleanser (left, 30ml)