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Organic coconut oil: your skin's best winter companion

(NC) As the temperature continues to drop, you have probably noticed the negative effects on your skin as it becomes dry, flaky and itchy. Walking down the aisles of the store, it's quickly apparent that the choices of lotions and potions to stop dry skin are endless, but which product should you choose? There's one superfood solution that is inexpensive, works wonders, and will perhaps make you think you're on a tropical island; coconut oil, the perfect product to help ward off the attacks of Canada's harsh winters.

“Coconut oil has increasingly gained popularity in Canada, and for good reasons. Its multiple uses are impressive, but most importantly, it is a truly remarkable skincare product,” says Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). “It is a known fact that winter can wreak havoc on the skin. Adding coconut oil to your skincare routine is a particularly good way of protecting yourself against the damages of bitterly cold winds and dry indoor conditions.”

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which allows it to retain the moisture content of the skin while helping it to look and feel silky smooth. It also has high quantities of vitamin E; an essential nutrient for healthy skin growth, repair, and the prevention of premature aging. Coconut oil is also rich in many proteins that contribute to cellular health and tissue repair.

CHFA recommends that you winter-proof your skin with coconut oil by using it in the following ways:

Moisturizer: simply rub a small amount of coconut oil wherever you have dry or cracked skin. Your skin will absorb the oil quickly, plus it smells wonderful!

Exfoliant: making your own natural exfoliant by mixing coconut oil with natural exfoliating substances like sea salt or sugar is a great way to remove dead cells that accumulate on your skin throughout the winter.

Lip balm: applying chemical products on your lips is a sure way to ingest potentially harmful substances. Substitute your chemical lip balm for coconut oil and keep your lips moist and protected throughout the winter.

To learn more about coconut oil and to discover more natural health solutions, visit chfa.ca.

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