Is Coconut Oil Really a Cure-all?

Posted June 9, 2014 by in Lifestyle

    

Looking for a new eye makeup remover? Coconut oil.  Need some new tanning oil, but don’t want to glitter like Edward Cullen? Just use coconut oil. Chapped lips? Don’t worry — you’ve got coconut oil.

Coconut oil is the trendiest “cure-all” for everything under the sun. My friend, Meg, is on team coco oil (she may even be the captain of this team), so I figured I’d see how she uses it and learn more about it.

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The primary way Meg uses coconut oil is as a makeup remover/face moisturizer. She doesn’t wear a ton of makeup anyway, so the coconut oil is the perfect natural remedy for removing that end-of-the-day eyeliner.

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Meg also uses coconut oil as a lip balm, to moisturize her hair, and in small doses, as an additive to food. Honestly, I thought she used coconut oil for everything. But then I found out some people really use the oil for everything. In fact, this blogger has a list of 101 uses for it!

There’s obviously a lot of hype about coconut oil. But does it stand up to the claims?

Here are the facts I’ve learned:
– When using coconut oil on skin, make sure to get unrefined or organic coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is more likely to clog pores.
– Smells very coconut-y. Tastes less coconut-y.
– Effectively removes eye makeup. (I tried it. Meg was right.)
– Not a ton of scientific data exists to confirm benefits.

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When it comes to food, Meg puts coconut oil in her coffee as a natural flavor additive. Lots of people (everyone on the internet, I think) have taken to cooking with coconut oil, because it has a higher smoke point than other oils.

Other fun facts about coconut oil:
– It melts at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coincidentally, 76 degrees Fahrenheit is my favorite outdoor temperature.

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See ya guys later; I’m gonna go bathe in coconut oil. I may or may not return as Wonder Woman.

*This article originally appeared on Ana’s blog, She Learns Things