The use of coconut oil for the skin is an ancient remedy used by many cultures going back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In some cultures, coconut oil has remained one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to maintain a healthy body, healthy, wrinkle-free skin, and glossy hair.
So what makes coconut oil so beneficial?
Coconut oil is one of nature’s wonder foods – good as a protein –rich food source, medicinal remedy and balm for healthy skin and hair. What makes coconut oil so beneficial to the skin is that it contains the following skin-healthy qualities:
Saturated Fats – Virgin coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs. When topically applied to the skin it keeps it soft and smooth to the touch. Coconut oil also help the skin retain its moisture content by protecting the skin’s barrier. When included in the diet on a regular basis, coconut oil works to keep the skin healthy, smooth and improves the tone and texture of the skin.
Capric – Caprylic – Lauric acid – These three fatty acids have excellent antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. When applied to the skin, or even if ingested internally, coconut oil protects the skin from infections that can enter through the pores or open wounds.
Proteins – Coconut oil is rich in proteins which contribute to cellular health and tissue repair. This keeps the skin healthy and youthful internally and externally. Internally, the proteins in coconut oil repair damaged cells which helps reverse damage caused by environmental toxins, UV rays and improper diet. Externally, the proteins in coconut oil are absorbed into the skin and connective tissues, where it works to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles by keeping connective tissues strong and supple.
Vitamin-E – Coconut oil contain Vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin. The antioxidant properties of the Vitamin E help the skin repair itself, thereby preventing prevent premature aging of the skin.
Perhaps the best quality of coconut oil is that it does not become rancid like many other oils. For hat reason, coconut oil is used as an important ingredient in several skin care creams.
When compared to many over the counter moisturizers, we find that coconut oil is far more effective at maintaining a healthy skin barrier and softer, smoother skin. The reason is this:
Many over the counter lotions and creams contain mostly water which do manage to make the skin feel softer. However, once the water content of the lotion is absorbed or dries, the skin is left feeling dry again. To counteract that, many commercial creams and lotions contain petroleum-based ingredients to coat the skin and lock in the moisture.
Coconut oil, but comparison, is a natural product with no chemicals or additives. It delivers a deep moisture that penetrates beyond the Epidermis to strengthen the tissue below and help remove excess dead skin cells from the surface.
Using an oil like coconut oil on the face and skin takes some getting used to. At first you might feel greasy and slick, but in time the oil is absorbed and you are left with nothing but soft, smoothed, improved skin.
Other Tips about Coconut Oil
- Look for virgin coconut oil
- No need to refrigerate it – it will not turn rancid
- It is not necessary to reapply coconut oil as often as other products or even other natural oils. A small amount creates a protective shield for dry skin that lasts for a long time.
- Don’t make the mistake of using too much coconut oil. The skin can only absorb so much of the oil – applying too much will result in and oil slick on your face! Try applying a little oil with a cotton ball or place a few drops in the palm of your hand – rub palms together and gently massage into the skin.