Coconut oil has become such a regular part of my skin care routine that I’ve managed to do away with many of my more expensive, less natural skincare products. Coconut oil contains high levels of medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs), combined with the richness of proteins and vitamins in coconut oil and you’ve got a recipe for healthy, smoother, more beautiful skin. Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of using coconut oil on your skin.
In tropical regions of the world, coconut oil is used regularly as part of people’s everyday skin care regimen. There are a number of reasons why people living in areas with an abundance of coconut oil use it on their skin. The medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) or good fats, contained in coconut oil, help your skin by eliminating the loss of moisture through your pores. This is particularly important if you suffer from dry skin or conditions associated with dry skin. When eaten regularly coconut oil repairs skin and gives it a healthy glow.
Coconut oil is an extremely effective cleanser for your skin. During the course of our everyday lives, our skin is exposed to numerous pollutants, chemicals and toxins.
Good and bad weather conditions can also damage the skin. For these reasons it is essential that we spend some time every week on deep cleaning our skin. Coconut oil is an excellent exfoliant and when combined with grainy materials such as, sugars or salts, it can really take your skin game to the next level! Using coconut oil this way helps to deep clean and unblock pores while at the same time removing any excess skin. The fact that coconut oil does not go rancid means that you can leave it on for longer and maximize the benefits to your skin. Coconut oil really is the perfect, natural partner to promote skin health.
Smoothing and Anti-wrinkle properties
As mentioned previously, coconut oil is chocked full of medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs). These MCTs help to keep your skin, healthy and feeling great. Eating coconut oil regularly means that these fats deposit themselves under your skin smoothing it and keeping it fresh. The high level of lauric acid in the oil gives it strong antimicrobial and disinfectant properties; these properties are particularly useful when you have a cut or open wound as it helps to protect you against infections. The smoothening and regenerative properties of coconut oil means that it is particularly effective in the fight against wrinkles. Collagen is crucial in keeping your skin looking smooth and healthy. Collagen loss can be caused by any number of pollutants, environmental factors or weather. If Collagen is not regularly replaced it can lead to wrinkles or cracked skin. Coconut oil is known for its ability to penetrate skin cells deeply. When this ability is combined with the interaction of triglycerides and protein molecules, collagen replacement occurs more quickly and the appearance of wrinkles is lessened.
Coconut oil is a rich source of numerous proteins. These proteins help skin cells to stay healthy and repair damaged cells. This is great news if you have suffered a burn, cut or other skin damage. Without the necessary proteins skin healing will take longer, increasing the risk of scarring. The first time I used coconut oil on one of my (many!) cooking burns I was amazed at how quickly the oil began working. After placing my hand under cold water I applied a small amount of oil to the affected area and I could actually see it begin to work. Not only did the skin begin to repair itself but it also took the heat from the burn.
The more I use coconut oil on my skin the more I see and feel the results. There are so many benefits to using coconut oil on skin that they are too numerous to list in one article. If you use coconut oil on your skin we’d love to hear the benefits and results you have seen. We’re always excited to learn about different ways to use coconut oil on skin, so lets us know your favorites in the comment section below. Also check out our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram pages for more great ideas on everything coconut!
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