Coconut oil – this amazing ingredient has many different health properties, such as: antibacterial, moisturizing, nourishing, etc. Coconut oil can nourish and soothe problematic skin types. This amazing and extremely powerful natural beauty product supports healthy skin and can replace all those expensive (and possibly toxic) beauty products. So, why spending too much money on these expensive cosmetic products, when you can get the same effects with this all-natural ingredients, without any side effects.
What is Coconut Oil?
Well, before we start with the health benefits of coconut oil for your skin, let’s take a look at what it actually is to understand how it works. First, you should know that the scientific name for coconut is Cocos Nucifera, and the coconut palm is so highly valued by traditional cultures as both a source of food and medicine. The coconut tree is called – The Tree of Life. This type of oil by nature is a refined product, because oil does not grow on a tree. Well, coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. To be honest with you, the only truly “unrefined” coconut oil you can consume is the oil still inside the meat from a fresh coconut just picked off the tree. The term used for the least refined coconut oils is – virgin coconut oil. You should also know that coconut oil is predominantly made up of saturated fats with a high amount of medium chain fatty acids, with a good percentage of the fatty acid being lauric acid. It contains vitamin E, which is known to protect the skin from free radical damage
Coconut Oil vs. Mineral Oil?
First, let me ask you a question – is coconut oil the same as a mineral oil? Well, if you don’t know the answer, then you should read the article bellow. And the answer is – no. As we said before, coconut oil is extracted from the coconut fruit. A mineral oil is an odorless and colorless substance that is made from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, generally from petroleum. Coconut oil is found in many different products such as baby lotion, ointments, facial creams, cosmetics, hydraulic fluid, wood preservatives, pesticides and electrical components. Before synthetic oils were invented, mineral oil was used primarily as a mechanical lubricant.
We all know that the skin is the body’s largest organ. The kidneys and the skin work together to get rid of all toxins from the human body. Well, this means that if your skin can’t breathe, it cannot do its job properly, which means that it may affect the health of your body. Slathering mineral oil on your body may be doing more harm than good, as this oil can attract moisture from cells deep in the skin which causes cell renewal to slow, collagen to break down and connective tissue to be damaged. This can cause premature aging.
Is Coconut Oil Good for Skin?
The coconut oil will nourish and moisturize your skin. It will make it soft and beautiful. The high fat content in coconut oil has been shown to help improve certain skin conditions by healing wounds, reducing rashes and preventing acne. Coconut oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which will do wonders for soothing skin ailments.
Well, some people think that by applying coconut oil to the skin will clog the pores and cause the complexion to be oily and full of acne. But, coconut oil is unique compared to other products such as mineral oil. Coconut oil is not pumped full of water or petroleum by-products which can block the pores. As we said, coconut oil will hydrate and soften your skin as it sinks deep into the cells. Coconut oil helps to naturally clear away dirt and dead skin cells which allows for a healthier complexion.
Note: before you start using coconut oil, you should know that – depending on your current diet, lifestyle and beauty regime when you first start using coconut oil on your face, you may experience an increase in acne, as it draws the impurities out of the skin. However, within a short period of time with consistent use of applying coconut oil, the acne will diminish and will often completely clear up. Make sure you are eating healthy food as well.
How Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Skin
Condition and Soothes Skin – first, you should know that coconut oil absorbs quickly, which means that your skin will be silky smooth. How to use it – after washing your face with water and dabbing dry with a towel, apply a small amount to your face every morning and night as a moisturizer. And remember – a little bit goes a long way, so don’t slather too much on your face. It also works wonders for the whole body as a moisturizer. This means that you can use it for your hands, feet and even as a massage oil.
Cleanses and Tones Skin – this super healthy oil will cleanse and moisturize your skin at the same time, so there’s no need for a cabinet full of cosmetics. Coconut oil also works as a fantastic makeup remover – and even works on waterproof mascara! You just have to put a small amount on a cotton ball and gently wipe over your eyes and the rest of your face to remove makeup. The bonus is that it will leave the skin hydrated and soft.
Reduces Acne – as we said, coconut oil contains high amounts of fatty acids, which makes it to work as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial natural product. This works in favor of reducing acne breakouts and keeping the pores dirt-free.
You should also know that this super healthy oil will help you to soothe inflammation that often accompanies severe acne, and helps to alleviate the red dry skin that acne can cause. The vitamin E can help to fight damage to the skin thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. Make sure you eat healthy in order to reduce acne from the inside, while focusing on good natural products from the outside to prevent acne and heal acne scars. This strengthens skin, making it healthier and more radiant.
How to Use Coconut Oil for the Face
In this article we are going to show you a very simple method that can provide effective results for hydrated, glowing skin. Note: make sure you get the best quality coconut oil you can find and choose cold-pressed virgin coconut oil that has a coconut aroma.
How to use it:
- Here’s what you need to do – every morning and night, wash your face with water, then lightly dab dry and make sure you don’t rub.
- This is optional – just apply Rosehip Seed Oil (for additional skin benefits) before the next step.
- And now, just put a little coconut oil on your fingertip, then gently rub all over your face. A good quality coconut oil will release an amazing coconut scent as it melts onto the skin.
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