People from tropical climates have known the secrets of coconut oil for hundreds of years – that it contains many beneficial fats and lipids which act powerfully to help heal the body and keep it in full health. They were also aware of the fact that coconut oil acts as a natural exfoliator. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. Although it happens naturally, accelerating the removal helps regenerate new cells; which leaves you both looking younger and feeling great!
Also, the richness of the oil acts to make the underlying tissues of the skin stronger; this is vital to combat lines and wrinkle formation. Not only that, the increased hydration that the oil provides brings deep moisturizing and conditioning to counteract skin that feels dry and rough.
The good news is that organic coconut oil is unrefined, so it retains high amounts of antioxidants that reach deep into the underlying connective skin tissues to stop from radicals forming. As well, pure coconut products are naturally rich in lauric acid, a natural antibiotic which deals with issues as diverse as skin infections, viruses, blemishes, itchiness and scarring through its antiseptic anti-inflammatory content. It is, therefore, of course, an ideal product for sufferers from acne, psoriasis or eczema. We are going to explore the benefits of using coconut oil, exactly how to use it and, finally, note some special considerations when using it to treat acne.
Benefits of coconut oil
There are many numerous benefits to using coconut oil for your skin. Here are our top ten, many of which will be truly relevant to improving the quality of your life:
- Is an excellent moisturizer – One of coconut oil s properties is its high moisture-retaining capacity. That is why it makes an excellent moisturizer for your skin. It will help you alleviate the dryness of your skin.
- Makes your skin smooth – Coconut oil provides a softening and soothing effect through increasing the levels of skin surface lipids. Additionally, acne wounds soften and heal faster. Coconut oil soothes dryness and itchiness of your skin, making it smooth and glowing.
- Nourishes your skin – As we have already stated in Chapter 1, coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids. They are absorbed into the skin by the mitochondria. That is how you provide your body with energy and essential nutrients.
- Smooths away wrinkles – Both environmental pollutants and unhealthy foods make free radicals thrive in our bodies. They are responsible for starting damaging sequence of events in our body and damage cells – elastic tissues are destroyed and connective tissues start to lose their strength. Without strength from inside, our skin gets looser and looser. This results in those dreaded wrinkles. Our bodies have a capacity of fighting these devastating free radicals. However, to do so, they need adequate amounts of antioxidants. This is when coconut oil becomes useful as it contains two different antioxidants – ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid. That is why it is a very effective tool for providing the skin with the necessary weapons to fight. Coconut oil acts in other ways to improve the way skin looks and feels as well. It also exfoliates (removes dead skin cells) and alleviates flakiness of skin. This is the reason why coconut oil is a core element of many body care products such as soaps, creams and lotions. However, be warned – those products can contain other chemicals which are not as beneficial as coconut oil itself.
- Fights acne: Studies conducted in 2009 by D. Yang and T. Xakatsuji indicated that lauric acid can kill Propionibacterium acnes, which is one of the bacteria that cause acne, more effectively and less harmfully, than benzoyl peroxide, a very common anti-acne medication. Lauric acid in coconut oil proved to combat acne better than palmitic and oleic acids as well. Unlike all FDA approved drugs, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) present in coconut oil, especially lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, possess antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Microbes attack the skin and trigger allergies. Coconut oil decreases the amounts of these microbes on the skin, alleviating various ailments like eczema, acne (acne vulgaris), dermatitis, psoriasis, and numerous other skin infections.
- Helps wounds heal faster: Thanks to the use of coconut oil, wounds heal more quickly. Additionally, they have higher levels of antioxidants and stronger collagen. Small wounds (that are caused by acne or pimples) soften and heal quickly as well. Small wounds (that are caused by acne or pimples) soften and heal quickly as well