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4 simple health hacks to keep your hair and skin glowing

These natural methods will heal your body and revolutionize your everyday routines!

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Every day, we see advertisements for products that will supposedly transform our bodies, whether it be to make our hair shimmer, our skin glow, or our tummies toned. At this point, it’s hard to know what is actually good for us. There are so many chemicals, we don’t always know what the side effects are or even how well the product works.

So, sometimes we find ourselves searching for natural remedies. Oils have long been a practice passed down by generations with people leaving testimonials that one oil or another is a magical solution.

1. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is one of the more well known and widely used products. Coconut oil consists of mostly fatty acids — there are claims that these fatty acids aid in reducing excess weight: it increases your metabolism, so your body burns more energy and loses more weight. There is evidence that coconut oil may be beneficial for cardiovascular health, the endocrine system, the thyroid system, and the digestive system!  The oil has antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial elements, which strengthen your immune system. Coconut oil permeates hair follicles and has a protective and moisturizing effect. And it’s good for moisturizing sensitive or reactive skin. Basically, IT DOES EVERYTHING GOOD.

2. Castor Oil

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Castor oil comes from the castor bean and can be used as a laxative and even to induce labor. Castor oil is also made up of fatty acids, giving it its healing properties. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory effects and can increase T cells, strengthening the body’s defense mechanisms. It’s also supposed to improve circulation, specifically the oil increases blood circulation to hair follicles, stimulating hair growth. Some studies claim that castor oil can make your hair (including your eyebrows and lashes) thicker and glossier! Even more useful, castor oil destroys bacteria, cleanses cells, and decomposes skin oils — which means using it can leave your skin acne-free and glowing. Castor oil’s detoxifying effect comes from its ability decompose oils that block glands and pores.

3. Argan Oil

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Argan oil is a common addition to meals in places like Morocco, and comes from the fruit of the argan tree. Studies show that argan oil works about as well as olive oil for the heart’s health. Argan oil contains Vitamin E and linoleic acid (another great fatty acid). Argan oil has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants, which some say the skin will absorb in order to protect it from sun or other damage. Dermatologists claim that argan oil’s ingredients moisturize and soften skin, and can treat skin conditions like acne, or eczema. The vitamin E content of argan oil can protect skin against stretch marks after pregnancy. Massaging argan oil to fingertips can even strengthen fingernails!

4. Avocado Oil

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New research has demonstrated that avocado oil has high levels of the vitamin CoQ10. Vitamin CoQ10 has health benefits and stimulates the conversion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to energy. Extra virgin avocado oil contains high quantities of monosaturated fats, potassium, vitamins A, B, E, and D and can be included in healthy diet plans. The antioxidants and beta-sitosteral in avocado oil protects the body against cancer and heart disease! The ingredients in avocado oil are said to have a positive impact on depression, cholesterol, blood pressure, arthritis, psoriasis, and depression. Skin can absorb avocado oil deeply, which moisturizes and relieves itching. Avocado oil is supposed to promote hair growth, treat dandruff, and moisturize and condition hair!

With the introduction of just one or a combination of these oils in our routines, we can give ourselves radiant skin, glowing hair, and healthier lifestyles in general. The implications of using these oils for our health are unlimited. We don’t even know all the possibilities that just one of these oils can have on our bodies, but with growing research, we learn every day how powerful natural and organic remedies can be.

Amani Ahmed

Amani Ahmed

Amani Ahmed is a third-year student from Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently attending Duke University. On campus, she works with refugees and survivors of sexual assault. She is a fan of rollercoasters, skiing, and Netflix.

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