Would you say that this woman, named Pamela, is 52?I bet you wouldn’t! The beauty from Britain loves snapping selfies and showing off her enviable bikini body!
Her radiant skin and thick hair are all natural. The mother of a 21-year-old son says that her youthful glow is partly genetic, and partly an obvious result of her healthy living.
While both her mother and sister also look decades younger than their real ages, Pamela says her biggest beauty secret for maintaining her young appearance is coconut oil.
The hot-looking mama also works out regularly and has a very healthy nutrition. She takes many fitness classes to mold and tone her figure and her diet is rich in leafy greens and nuts. She is strict about limiting her simple carb intake, and is not a big fan of bread, pasta or pastry. Her only “sin” is the rare drink of alcohol and her biggest weakness is a big bar of organic dark chocolate.
Do you want to know her last words of wisdom for maintaining a gorgeous complexion too? Well here it is:
Invest in higher quality cosmetic brands. Cosmetics that are chemical free and not cheaply made keep a woman’s skin more moisturized and will not damage it over the course of time!
So, what are your thoughts on this stunning 52 year old, who is turning 53 next month? Share your thoughts, opinions and beauty tips with us!
Coconut oil fact file
Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications as food or in cosmetics. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to 6 months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.
The health benefits of coconut oil include: hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism.
It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.
Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but there was a strong propaganda campaign in the 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil.
Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda. Next, let’s look into some more details of how coconut oil works in our body.
How is lauric acid used by our body?
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which is supposedly helpful in dealing with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It also helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, although its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled a list of potential benefits of coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine.
Composition of coconut oil
More than ninety percent of coconut oil consists of saturated fats (Don’t panic! It’s not as bad as it sounds, read to the end of this review and your opinion may change), along with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this.
- Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems. Lauric acid is the chief contributor, representing more than forty percent of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linoleic acid.
- Monounsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid.
- Poly-phenols: Coconut contains Gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. These polyphenols are responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these polyphenols.
- Certain derivatives of fatty acid like betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides and polyol esters.
- Fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulphate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate, all of which are derivatives of fatty alcohols.
- Vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron.
Recap for all who want to follow in Pamela footsteps:
Coconut oil provides energy, fights off bacteria, reduces appetite and drastically improves hair and skin moisture barriers. Coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin and was shown to reduce protein loss when used in hair.