Coconut Oil Skin Benefits

 
Coconut oil
Coconut oil
Coconut oil

 
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Smell, Texture, Absorption Speed: Really good quality virgin coconut oil has a pleasant coconutty smell (I totally love it!!) while the mass produced version of it is usually rather odorless. At room temperature it is solid but becomes liquid very quickly if left in the sun. It also melts quickly upon contact with skin. When applied on the skin, it is applied quite slowly and acts as a great emollient as well as protection against environmental damage.
 
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Positives


Great moisturizer for body that softens, nourishes and sooths irritated skin. And smells like heaven!

Negatives


Due to its high saturated fatty acid content, it can clog and even increase the size of pores over long term. Therefore, it should not be used on the areas prone to breakouts.


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Posted July 23, 2013 by

 
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Coconut is a wonderful healer and moisturizer for the skin loved and adored by so many!

Composition:

100% Saturated fatty acids of which:

  • Caprylic acid (50-80%) – anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits.
  • Lauric acid (1-3%) – Lauric acid is known to have one of the strongest anti-fungal effects among lipids and coconut oil is one of the richest natural sources of it (as well as breast milk). Lauric acid is also shown to be effective at killing P.acnes, however, given the pore clogging qualities of this oil, it might be better to use it internally for this purpose. When used internally, lauric acid is known to improve immunity and protect against viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Best uses for coconut oil:

  • Full body moisturizer (with a yummy smell!). It has great hydrating and emollient properties and is known to protect the skin from environmental damage and pre-mature aging. Gisele Bundchen uses it after taking sun baths.
  • To sooth irritated skin after shaving or as a treatment of psoriasis. Coconut oil is definitely one of the best go-to’s for all types of skin irritation, redness, itching – it solves it all.
  • As a 100% natural shaving cream. It gives a gliding surface and also calms the skin.

Next to its great benefits for the skin, coconut oil is widely used to restore hair health – use as a mask overnight and then wash your hair 2-3 times to give it a shining boost. In addition, as mentioned above, coconut oil is absolutely wonderful for internal usage. Not only does it help the skin, but it is also known to prevent the body from heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. In addition, it helps the body to get rid of its fat reserves and is therefore used to treat obesity (it might sound strange, but oiling up on good oils is actually very effective for weight loss!). No wonder, celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba swear by it to maintain a healthy body.


2 Comments


  1.  
    Anonymous

    i looooooooove cocounut oil but i do not use it every day as it makes me have oily skin




  2.  
    Olivia

    I love coconut oil! There are mixed ideas about whether it is good for breakout prone skin or not because it’s antimicrobial so people with blemished/acne prone skin should try it for a week or two to see if it may help them. I think it’s up to the individual and also the cause of acne. I have ‘teenage’ skin in my 20s because of stress (probably overproduction of testosterone causing it) not diet or poor skincare products so I find blemishes show up within hours if I am particularly stressed.

    You mentioned that mass produced coconut oil is odourless but what you are referring to is processed or refined coconut oil which has been heat processed and loses much of it’s nutritional value which is why organic cold pressed is essential.





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