Coconut oil is everywhere these days; as a healthy cooking oil, to boost your smoothies, as a miracle hair treatment, a skin moisturizer and a teeth-whitening detox superstar.
Today I am going to talk about the benefits of using coconut oil for your skin.

Skin represents our physical part more than anything.
The condition of our skin immediately shows what’s going on inside of us in terms of health, happiness and beauty. Whether you’re glowing from love hormones, are fuelled by a nutritious diet or you had too many late nights and too many French fries – your skin can reflect this pretty accurately.

To get the maximum benefits from coconut oil for your skin, you can use it both internally and topically.
This versatile oil makes a healthy addition to your diet as well as to your skincare routine.
What makes coconut oil so good for your skin?

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids called MCT’s. Lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid are 3 of these important MCT’s.
They deeply penetrate the skin and moisturize it, while providing anti-microbial properties.
More about the health benefits of MCT’s and why they are so important.

Coconut oil also contains vitamin E which is known for its powerful healing properties. It helps with tissue repair and protects against free radicals.

Many different skin (and hair) products contain coconut oil because of its wonderful skin-boosting properties. Let’s take a closer look at them.

 

Why coconut oil is so good for your skin

 

 

Moisturizing

Moisture plays a key role in healthy and beautifully looking skin. Coconut oil makes one of the best natural moisturizers.
Due to its small molecular structure coconut oil easily absorbs into your skin and prevents the moisture from escaping.

It is especially beneficial for dry skin as it helps soften and nourish it.

 

Anti-aging

Coconut oil is very gentle on the skin and packed with anti-aging properties from lauric acid, vitamin E and other anti-oxidants.

It helps strengthen and repair skin tissue from within because its fat triglycerides attract protein molecules, which help repair damaged collagen.
Coconut oil is a gentle exfoliator that eliminates dead skin cells, prevents sagging and minimizes lines. This results in improved skin tone and texture.

It can be helpful in fading age spots and minimising the size of pores.

 

Anti-microbial

Coconut oil’s strong antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties help keep your skin clean.
It helps protect you from infections, parasites and bacteria.
Coconut oil can speed up the healing process of cuts, insect bites and minor burns.

Coconut oil’s anti-bacterial properties help fight off bacteria, which can relief acne and keep the bacteria under control.
Keep in mind that each skin react differently, so make sure to test it first.

 

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Anti-inflammatory

Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil can help relieve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

I have personally very good experience with coconut oil on both eczema and acne skin, but always be mindful about trying anything new on your skin, especially with sensitive skin.

Coconut oil makes a nourishing sunburn treatment, that fights free radicals. It is especially soothing when mixed with aloe vera.

 

Blocks UV rays

Coconut oil blocks UV rays by 30% and offers moderate sun protection during brief exposure to the sun.
If you are in the sun for a longer period or have skin that burns easily, you can either purchase one of the natural sunscreen brand that use coconut oil or make your own.

Coconut oil makes a great ingredient for natural sunscreen and it’s fairly easy to make your own.
Tiffany ”The Coconut Mama’’ explains how to make this 3 ingredient natural sunscreen.

 

Detoxifying

Many commercial skin products contain chemicals, synthetic ingredients and mineral oil.
Our skin is our biggest organ, so everything you put on your body will also end up inside of your body.

Coconut oil is 100% natural. When you replace skin products with synthetic ingredients for natural products, you give your body the chance to detox. Your skin has to work less hard to protect itself against harmful chemicals that try to find their way in.
It can now start to fully heal itself with a product that stimulates its natural nourishing and restoring properties.

 

Coconut oil is amazing, but…

While we would sometimes love coconut oil to really be that miracle ”coconut oil fixes everything”, it’s not for everyone and it’s not for every use. Every skin is different and requires a personalized treatment.
Coconut oil can cause acne breakouts to some people and help others treat acne-prone skin.
Some people with dry skin and conditions such as eczema find relief in the use of coconut oil, while others notice their skin becoming drier.

There’s only one way to find out whether or not you should use coconut oil for your skin; test it and see what it does for you.
Always remember: if you have sensitive skin (as I do) it’s best to be extra mindful when trying something new.
Start with a little bit on a small part of your skin and continue or discontinue use according to how your skin reacts.

Do you use coconut oil for your skin? What are your favorite uses? Share it with me and the coco community on Instagram or Facebook @coconutqueendom

 

 

 

 

More articles about coconut oil:

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