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DIY cosmetics with coconut oil – the tasty care treat for your hands

Coconut oil may sound familiar, but it’s still underestimated. Harness the powers of coconut oil for a healthy body (your hands will love it too).

DIY Coconut Hands – pamper your dry skin with coconut oil

Most people know coconut oil as a foodstuff and a must-have ingredient for healthy cuisine. But it also has a positive, healing effect when applied directly to the skin. Our skin is our biggest organ, with a large surface area to absorb nutrients. Time for some oil!

Why we should use coconut oil every day

Coconut oil is one of the most natural oils of all. For South Sea Islanders, coconuts are a staple food that helps them stay fit and grow old without diseases such as diabetes or strokes.

Despite what some people say, coconut oil is very healthy even though it contains high levels (90 percent) of saturated fatty acids.

A good way to find out why coconut oil is so healthy is to look at the mix of fatty acids it contains. Coconut oil is the only natural oil with more than 50 percent medium-chain fatty acids (saturated fatty acid chains of a specific length). Scientists have discovered that medium-chain fatty acids are better at reducing body weight and body fat than, say, a diet containing long-chain fatty acids.

Why your skin wants you to use coconut oil

Thanks in particular to its medium-chain triglyceride esters, coconut oil is a Beauty Miracle with the ideal structure for penetrating skin fast and improving skin nutrition effectively.

Lauric acid is another important fat found in coconut oil. Lauric acid is antimicrobial (i.e., it acts as a disinfectant to combat infection carriers on the skin), antiviral, and antimycotic (meaning it fights fungal skin infections). Since it has the same effects when you ingest it, coconut oil can help with numerous skin and intestinal diseases too.

Coconut Hands – mix your own coconut oil hand cream

A good way to beat dry indoor air – or freezing cold weather – is by making your own nourishing coconut hand care cream.

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Here are the ingredients and their natural benefits for your skin:

1. 70 g coconut oil
As explained in detail above, there are several good reasons why coconut oil is a top trend on the Food & Beauty scene. Here’s a summary for readers who have just arrived: Coconut oil is rich in (medium-chain) fatty acids. Triglyceride ester has an ideal structure that skin absorbs fast and which improves skin nutrition efficiently. The lauric acid in coconut oil is antimicrobial (disinfects) and antiviral to combat viruses and bacteria. Since it also fights fungal infections, it even helps with various skin diseases. Coconut oil has the same great effects when you ingest it. More on this in our Powerfood Articles.

2. 35 g aloe vera water (or spring water)
Aloe vera is a hydrating medicinal plant that contains simple and complex sugars that are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antimycotic in the same way as coconut oil. Aloe vera also contains 7 of the 8 essential amino acids we need to ingest or apply because our body cannot produce them itself. It also contains valin (good for the nerves), leucin (builds muscle, strengthens the immune system) and lysin (accelerates collagen formation; collagen makes our skin supple and slows the ageing process). The gel also protects cells from free radicals (little attackers from the environment) and soothes the symptoms of wounds, burns stings and skin conditions.

3. 10 drops cold pressed essential oil with your favourite fragrance. We chose a blend of grapefruit, lavender and myrtle.
Essential oils have a stimulating fragrance. They act directly on the skin to stimulate physical processes, and have a positive effect on our psyche.

Our favourite blend: grapefruit: loosens muscles; lavender: raises your spirits, antidepressant, supports stamina, soothes the nerves, creates a sense of security, good for homesickness and worry; myrtle: anti-inflammatory, helps you concentrate, good for common colds, supports wound healing processes.

4. 7 g Emulsan
Emulsan is for stable, warm-stirred emulsions that feel pleasantly light and smooth on the skin and are absorbed with no residue. Emulsan is a raw material with skin care characteristics. This versatile emulsifier is suitable for both dry and delicate or oily and impure skin.

5. 15 drops Biokons Plus
Biokons Plus is a 100% biological (vegetable) preservative that makes creams keep for longer. It’s based on phenethyl alcohol, a clear liquid that smells of roses and honey, and combats a wide range of microorganisms. Biokons Plus helps prevents bacteria, yeasts and fungi from spoiling your cream.

6. 10 g hempseed oil
Hempseed oil contains high (around 80%) levels of unsaturated fatty acids with very good skin care properties. They help prevent excess moisture loss, dry or cracked skin, and can contribute to partial regeneration of skin lipids. Even cosmetic skin conditions such as dry, scaly or cracked skin can be cleared up by applying essential fatty acids externally. Hempseed oil contains the two essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid in a ratio of 3:1, which is almost identical to the 4:1 ratio of our own skin.

7. 2 g Beeswax
Beeswax forms a delicate protective skin. The effect is particularly beneficial for dry, cracked or irritated skin. Beeswax conveys the pleasant warmth and light of a sunny day.

Now that even the skimmers and scanners among our readers know why you don’t need drugstore cosmetics, it’s time for the (refreshingly simple) preparation with your blender:

  • Step 1 – the oil phase Put the coconut oil, hempseed oil, Emulsan and beeswax in a glass.
  • Step 2 – the water phase Pour the aloe vera water (or spring water) into a second glass.
  • Step 3 – heating Fill your Carrera Blender 1/3 with water. Place the two glasses in the basket insert and heat to around 80°C. The contents of both glasses will now be liquid.
  • Step 4 – the wedding Remove both glasses and mix their ingredients together, stirring all the time.
  • Step 5 – cooling Stand the mixture in cold water and allow to cool. Keep stirring until the mixture reaches skin temperature.
  • Step 6 – the essentails
    Add the essential oils and the preservative.

  • Step 7 – done!

Dry, cracked hands feel scratchy under clothes (yours or other people’s), and look unattractive. With the Coconut Hands recipe and our blender, you can make your hands soft and tender in no time – and fragrant too. Find the perfect Power Tool for your natural power ingredients here.

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