Coconut Oil: How to use coconut oil not only for whitening teeth: it’s a multipurpose product and a true ally for our beauty routine. It’s 100% natural and eco-friendly.
Today we will talk about how it can give excellent results when applied to teeth, but you should know that you can also use it as a makeup remover or lip balm. Just have a small stock at home to solve several beauty needs in one fell swoop.
Coconut Oil: Properties and Uses in Cosmetics
Coconut oil is a vegetable fat that is extracted from the flesh of the coconut. It is an extremely nourishing natural ingredient, rich in vitamins, and useful in various beauty applications (and not only).
You can easily recognize it because it is characterized by a beautiful white color, has a delicate scent, and is easily absorbed by the skin. The oil is quite durable over time, does not become rancid quickly, and can therefore be stored at home for several months at room temperature.
Why does this oil seem so miraculous? And what does it contain? The credit for its extraordinary properties comes from certain acids, expertly mixed by nature: lauric acid (50%), myristic acid (20%), palmitic acid (7%), and caprylic acid.
The high percentage of lauric acid, a saturated fat, allows coconut oil to be one of the most appreciated eco-sustainable ingredients used in making some cosmetics for the care of hair and dry skin.
Perhaps you were not aware of the fact that coconut oil is also very useful for taking care of your oral cavity, thanks to its antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. How? By practicing Oil Pulling, a very simple technique whose purpose is to improve the health of our body.
What is Oil Pulling and How to Use Coconut Oil to Whiten Teeth?
How Coconut Oil Helps Teeth and Gums
How to Whiten Teeth with Coconut Oil
- Start on an empty stomach:It is generally recommended to do oil pulling in the morning before eating or drinking anything, although you can also do it before each meal if you prefer.
- Start Swishing for 15-20 minutes:Gently swirl the oil in your mouth, pushing and pulling it between your teeth and around your gums. Try to cover the oral cavity as much as possible. Proper oil pulling should be done for 15 to 20 minutes to ensure that the oil has enough time to bind to the bacteria and plaque in your mouth. If you are new to oil pulling, you may want to start with 5-10 minutes and gradually increase the duration as you get used to the sensation.
- Avoid ingesting and disposing of the oil properly:Try your best not to ingest the oil as it fills with bacteria and toxins from your mouth. When you're done, spit the oil into a trash can instead of the sink to avoid clogging your plumbing, as coconut oil solidifies in colder temperatures.
- Repeat regularly:After extracting and rinsing the oil, continue with your normal oral hygiene routine: brush your teeth and floss. For potential benefits, make oil pulling a regular part of your oral hygiene routine. Most advocates suggest doing this 3-5 times a week.