Coconut Oil’s Beauty Benefits
Coconut oil has been used by all cultures where coconut palms grow to cleanse and moisturize even the driest skin and hair. Packed with fatty acids, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, and minerals, coconut oil can be used on your face, body, and hair without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue. When applied to the skin, fast-absorbing coconut oil heals and prevents dry, chapped areas, especially cuticles, the heels of your feet, and elbows. It has anti-aging properties that help decrease fine lines and wrinkles and is ideal for removing makeup. Used on hair, coconut oil provides shine, treats and prevents dandruff, and leaves a pleasant, subtle scent.
Tamanu: Healthy Skin Oil
This beauty secret from the South Pacific is slowly making its way into our cosmetics. Commonly used in folk medicine, tamanu oil treats everything from cuts, scrapes, and burns to insect bites, abrasions, acne, scars, psoriasis, sunburn, blisters, eczema, and even body odor. Polynesian women depend on it for clear, blemish-free skin, and use it on babies to prevent diaper rash.
The tamanu tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia but profuse in Polynesia. The fruit, about the size of an apricot, has a thin flesh and a large nut. When the kernel dries, it turns a deep, chocolate brown and produces a thick, rich, dark green oil that absorbs completely and leaves no residue when applied to the skin.