Coconut oil is more than just a skin moisturizer. In fact, its benefits are skin deep but what is it exactly?
Coconut oil is a saturated oil that is produced by extracting the oil of raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels. Coconut oil made up of 90% of healthy saturated fats known as ‘medium chain triglycerides’ or ‘MCT’, while the other 10% includes poly and monounsaturated fats. Its difference to any conventional saturated fat is that it is broken down and absorbed by the body much more efficiently.
While coconut oil is generally consumed, the organic skincare and beauty cosmetics industry has opened its eyes to the advantages of producing beauty products using organic ingredients, such as coconut oil, without compromising the skin with synthetic chemicals.
In terms of skincare, organic coconut oil for the skin is regarded as one of the best natural nutrients that offers a wide range of benefits on the skin itself. This is thanks to the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil which have antimicrobial properties – helps to protect against harmful microorganisms.
The fatty acids found in coconut oil include:
- 49% Lauric acid
- 18% Myristic acid
- 8% Palmitic acid
- 8% Caprylic acid
- 7% Capric acid
- 6% Oleic acid
- 2% Stearic acid
- 2% Linoleic acid
We delve into the skincare industry’s top 10 uses and benefits of coconut oil
#11 Skin Moisturizer
Coconut oil has the perfect density and nutrients needed to become an effective moisturizer for your cracked or dry skin. Although coconut oil uses on the face provide antioxidant properties to inhibit wrinkles and skin irritation, note that coconut oil is not recommended for those with oily facial skin, however, a few drops can be added to your normal daily moisturizer.
#10 Insect Repellant
Many are sceptical about placing conventional synthetically-made insect repellent on the skin, due to the harsh chemicals used to keep these bugs away. However, coconut oil is a natural, non-toxic solution to avoiding stings and bites. Though, it’s recommended to mix the coconut oil with a carrier oil, such as Thai herbal essential oils, before directly applying it on your skin.
Did you know that sweat itself has no smell? Instead, living bacteria on your skin mixed with sweat creates an undesirable ‘sweaty smell’. With coconut oil having antibacterial properties, it can be used as a chemical-free and organic deodorant.
#8 Eczema or Skin Irritation
According to research, coconut oil can help to relieve the uncomfortable irritation of dermatitis. A study submitted on the National Center for Biotechnology Information reveals that 47% of children treated for eczema using coconut oil showed improvement.
#7 Reduce inflammation
Coconut oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.
#6 Sun Protection
Protects your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which often causes spots, patches of uneven skin tone and accelerates the emergence of wrinkles.
#5 Nail Cuticles
Massage some organic coconut oil into your cuticles to improve tattered cuticles.
#4 Tissue Oil
As coconut oil absorb quickly into the skin, it prevents free radical damage and improves the appearance of damaged skin, such as scars or stretch marks.
#3 Make-Up Remover
Coconut oil is a natural and gentle oil that can remove waterproof makeup more efficiently than synthetically-produced make-up remover or facial wet wipes that are drowned in chemicals which may cause blotches of dryness, irritation and itchiness after application.
#2 Moisturizes and Exfoliates Lips
What is better than a long-lasting lipstick. We’ll tell you – a lipstick or lip balm that offers moisturizing and nourishing properties, and UV protection from the sun. Mix it with some sugar and honey, and you’ve got a rejuvenating lip exfoliator!
The lauric fatty acid found inside coconut oil makes up nearly 50% of its content and is able to fight off microorganisms. According to studies, lauric and capric fatty acid is the most effective way to kill off ‘Propionibacterium acne’ – a bacteria that causes inflammatory acne – as well as bacteria.
Synthetic beauty cosmetics is often the cause of sensitive skin – be it a rash or mild itches. Treating your face with further chemically-based skincare products will only aggravate the problem.
However, coconut oil uses do not only have nourishing properties on the skin but also natural therapeutic benefits. Not to mention, it is definitely more affordable than a synthetic beauty product from a big brand.
Being more than skin deep, the natural oil is gently absorbed into the body, providing you with healthy, nourished skin. At the same time, using organic beauty cosmetics means you can enjoy wearing organic makeup without having to worry about experiencing inflammatory, irritation and acne-causing bacteria afterwards.
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