Move over mouthwash: oil pulling is stepping into the spotlight. Thanks to super fans like Gwyneth Paltrow, this holistic approach to the typical mouth rinse is making headlines for its healing benefits. The procedure to pulling: Simply swish oil in between teeth and gums for twenty minutes daily for major beauty benefits like acne prevention, teeth whitening, improved gum health, and freshened breath.
But before jumping on the bandwagon, here is a bit of scoop you should know about the new way to swish.
Seriously reputable dentists are hyping oil pulling as harmless, and while they are great go-to sources for giving us the scoop on its oral benefits, they aren’t necessarily the experts on what could happen if we ingest it. Be cautious when choosing the type of oil you’ll potentially be consuming; not all oils are made for ingestion and oil pulling isn’t scientifically proven.
Face it: even if you’re spitting it out afterwards (please do!), some of it is still going to seep into your system. So drop the “what do I have to lose” mentality and keep in mind that beauty is an inside job as much as it is an outside job!
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t get creative with your concoction. When in doubt, choose coconut oil.
If you’re dying to give it a try, below is a DIY that won’t do any damage, leaving you radiating from within! Make sure you try it out first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach.
When push comes to shove, how are you oil pulling?