Coconut Oil for Skin

Coconut oil is famous throughout the world not only as an edible oil and hair tonic, but also as an excellent massage oil and smoothener for the skin. In the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, natives commonly spread coconut oil on their skin, as they believe that it protects from the sun’s harmful rays. So this natural oil, without any chemical or additives, can protect the skin in some of the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than our processed and artificial sun creams?

The question is, what makes coconut oil so beneficial for the skin? Before we can understand how coconut oil achieves all of its impressive benefits that people around the world claim, let’s look into the constituents of coconut oil and their respective properties that might make them useful for maintaining skin health.

Coconut Oil- Composition

Saturated Fats: Predominantly, these saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.

Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid: These are not very different from the medium chain fatty acids, but it is still important to mention them separately here, since they have their own contributions. These three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. As a result, when applied on the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter the body through the pores. This microbial action can be experienced even if coconut oil is taken internally, as the fatty acids boost the immunity when converted to monocaprins and monolaurins.

Furthermore, capric, caprylic, and lauric acids are easily broken down chains of fatty acids, meaning that they contribute to usable energy in a quick and efficient way. This can be a major boost to your energy levels before a workout, which is why these powerful acids have also been linked to weight loss and management. Losing weight is a good way to improve the quality of your skin by reducing excess fat, stretch marks, and folds in the skin which can be unattractive. Having a healthy, toned body means that the skin maintains its tight grip around the muscles and bones.

Vitamin-E: The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E,  thus enhancing it skin-nourishing properties.

Coconut oilAnti-Aging Cream: Traditionally, coconut oil has been praised and popularized for its anti-aging properties.

Proteins: Like coconuts themselves, coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body. For any damaged cells on or near the skin, a healthy of flow of proteins guarantees their replacement at a normal rate, whereas people with protein-deficient diets heal slower and often develop more obvious scars due to the extended healing time.

The best property of coconut oil that makes it so beneficial for skin is that it does not become rancid. When you apply it on the skin, it can work for a longer time, unlike many other oils, without it getting rancid. Due to these various beneficial properties of coconut oil, it is used as an important ingredient in several skin care creams.

Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin Care

Coconut oil can be used for skin care in the following ways:

Lip Gel:  Cracks in our lips can be a source of worry, discomfort, and embarrassment. When we apply chemical gels on the lips, it is possible to consume those gels accidentally, even though they are somewhat toxic. Some gels may be edible, but you still don’t want to eat those chemicals.

Coconut oil comes as an ideal alternative in such cases. It acts quickly and even if it goes in your stomach, it will only give you additional benefits, so everyone wins!

Skin softener: Most of us use several creams and lotions for softening our skin, especially the skin of the face and hands. Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions. Simply take some coconut oil on your palms, rub your palms against each other once or twice and then on your face, hands, or wherever you want to see the moisturizing effect.

Coconut oil is also good for hardened and cracked feet, which may happen due to excessive cold or strenuous work while standing on your feet. The cracks in your feet will not vanish, but your feet will become softer within days if you apply coconut oil to the affected area.

As an exfoliant, including coconut oil as an agent with other exfoliating or grainy materials like salts and sugars can vastly improve the effects. You will successfully scrape off excess dead skin and clean out whatever substances have blocked the pores without leaving the skin feeling irritated. The natural soothing nature of the oil combines with the grainy, exfoliating material perfectly, and leaves your skin with an even color, closed pores, and a soft texture.

skincoconutoilMakeup Remover: Coconut oil can also be used a makeup remover. This is not common, but women have begun using it for removing the makeup of the face and eyes, without worrying about the harsh chemicals of other removers getting into delicate or sensitive areas.

Skin disorders: It is claimed that coconut oil is good for several skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Several readers have reported this benefit. However, scientific research is ongoing in order to prove or disprove these claims. Much of the research that is there speaks to its protein content, since the replacement of sick or dying cells that can occur with various skin disorders, are quickly replaced by new, healthy cells. In this way, coconut oil not only treats the infection by battling the microbial bodies, they also heal the damage or the visible marks of that skin disorder; it is a two-in-one solution!

How To Use Coconut Oil

For many who have never used coconut oil, its various applications can be confusing. You should try to buy coconut oil in a jar which has a broad opening. In colder climates, coconut oil can be solid, like a cream. However, in warm temperatures, it comes as a liquid. For skin care use, take some coconut oil, either solid or liquid, on your palm. Then, rub your palms together and onto the skin of the desired area. You can also put the coconut oil on a piece of cotton and rub the cotton onto your skin. However, it is not necessary to reapply coconut oil as often as other natural skin care oils. You only need a small amount to create a protective shield on your skin that will last for a long time.

Many people make the mistake of using too much coconut oil, and since the skin can only absorb a certain amount, the protective layer that the absorbed oil creates doesn’t let any more oil in! This means that if you use too much, too often, your skin will end up as an oily mess, and will look shiny or greasy, not to mention what it might do to your clothes! Then, go get yourself some coconut oil and bring your skin back to its natural beauty!

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1

Hi! Thanks for this, very informative! I have been using unrefined, virgin cold pressed coconut oil for the last 3 years as my body lotion and I love it! However the scent can be a bit overpowering (or so my parents say). I tried dropping in some peppermint oil whenever I whip up my semi-solid coconut oil to use and it worked a bit but not really. I don't want to stop using it as it has done wonders for my skin, lightening any scars I have, I have no rashes on my chest or back, etc. However the strong smell is the issue. What essential oil can I add to it to make the smell less potent? Or should I use something entirely different that smells good but won't make me react/keep my body acne away? Please help. Thanks!

2

I'll finish with a load of coconut oil on your face!!!

3

I'm a 59yo. male that uses organic, virgin, and cold pressed coconut oil on my facial wrinkles. I started 2wks. ago, and they are almost gone. I'll continue to use this. (I don't mind looking 20yrs. younger,) and people ask what I have done.

4

Hey! Here is my secret : mix Coconut oil and some drops of brown iodine, and you will have the nicest tan in your body!

5

I'd like to help if I can, I use organic cold pressed coconut oil daily, and it has fixed so many skin problems, so..if you want, tell me how it has irritated ur skin? Maybe I can help 🙂

6

I have liquid coconut oil cold-pressed. Can I use that? It's for cooking but can I use it? Somebody could get back to me be wonderful! Thank you

7

Virgin coconut Oil is the best!
I have probably tried almost everything (night moisturizers) but all end up getting break outs..

I used this oil as night moisturizer I put small amount in a cotton ball and apply all over my face and neck before I sleep when I wake up my face looks so hydrated..no more break outs 🙂

I also suffer from heavy chap lips that I have stop using lipstick cause no matter hose pensive lipstick I used it all end up dry and chap and most time I wake up in the morning and my lips crack and bleeds 🙁
Again Coconut Oil saves me and now I never worry about my lips cracking 🙂
I can now use lipstick 🙂

8

Thanks for the amazing post. Love it.

9

Speak for yourself coconut oil for me skin is amazing , not only does it make my skin glow, but it also cleared me skin and improved dark spots. I use it as a cleanser and night time moisturiser, but hey everyone's skin is different 🙂

10

Dose Coconut Oil clear the skin?

11

Coconut oil is so irritating for the skin! Yeah, it will give you a glow, but then it will break you out like crazy. Creates TOO much protein in your hair that it will leave it stiff and dry.

12

At Ally we all have different types of skin I've been using it and after a week I can see the difference in my skin tone good luck!!!!

13

That's if you have toxins under your skin, cocout oil will help extract it. If you take showers in tap water with no filtration, that will appear to be common. Chlorine is one of the most toxic halogens to put on your skin, and you will absorb a massive amount of it in your shower if you do not filter your water.

14

Great article! So many more ideas than I knew!

16

Most of the stuff you wrote on here is what I was doing with the coconut oil that I have and I have to say the results are amazing. LOVE THE COCONUT OIL its better than any expensive products in the store

17

What brand of coconut oil is best?

18

Cold pressed/ Raw

19
Amanda Ann Richard

The brand isn't that important, just buy "virgin", "unrefined", and "organic". When we're looking for the benefits of coconut oil, we need PURE coconut oil. Just read the ingredients, and you'll be good to go.

20

I've been using coconut oil for 4 months so far. The brand I use is "nutiva" organic, cold-pressed. It was my journey to Thailand that stir up my interest for coconut oil. Anyone who's interested in all the health values of coconut oil should read a book called "Coconut Cures" written by Bruce Fife, a specialist in coconut. I eat/drink at least 3 soup spoons of oil with water every day. One before breakfast, one after breakfast, and one after lunch. I don't take it during night cause as mentioned in the book above, coconut oil has a function of "refreshing" yourself, it makes you energetic and have enough energy for work. So it might be hard to fall asleep if you take it during night. Coconut oil does have countless benefits that I don't even want to mention them here. Your body will get improved overall, in all aspects if you take it for a long time regularly.

21

Yeah it would still help. Especially for hair. Many people put some oil on their hair before sleep, and wash it away using mild shampoo when they get up next morning.

22

Use a little pinch of grain salt in with the coconut oil, and that should eliminate the odor, just make sure you have mixed it in or it will remain gritty. Also makes a nice scrub when added and used immediately.

23

How do you prevent it from going into your hair. Even when I use a very small amount, it gets my hair greasy.

24

Do it after u wash ur hair and when ur hair is still damp. For me, I put some on my scalp and give it some massage. I also put some on hair end since I have very long hair. A small amount is enough. The key is don't apply to ur dry hair.

25

I want to my lip vl b become pinky..so wat am gng to do ?

26

Lip? Just put some on ur lip several times a day. That's it.

27
Elena Walsh Lispi

Thank u for your response. I will try it.

Sent from Elena Lispi, JNE Technologies.

28

The coconut oil smell gets to me. So will it make a difference if I were to put it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.

29

What kind of coconut oil? There is so many does it matter what kind or brand

30

i use virgin coconut oil produced by my university (living active). They are using integrated wet process technology, no heat and chemicals are used to produce the coconut oil so all the important nutrients and antioxidants are retained in the final product. high quality coconut oil is crystal clear when liquefied.

31

I use nutiva coconut oil. Its supposed to be the best because its organic, cold-pressed etc. You can buy a 78 fl oz at Costco for like $25.00. That's a great deal. I started using it and people complimented on my skin the first week. Love it. It makes my skin GLOW. Hope this helps!!

32

I use coconut oil all over, more than 6 month, it is the best, all the expensive oils and creams, in the garbage, coconut oil I find it better than all the commercial ones. Inexpensive and better.
My skin feels and looks beautiful.

33

I use coconut oil for everything! I too thought that I was going to read what I already knew but found some interesting new uses that I never heard. Thanks

34

I began taking coconut oil about one month ago. I take 3 tbsp daily and I love it. I have more energy, less of an appetitie and my skin and hair has a more healthy look and feel. I also use it on my skin externally, as well as consume it. It works wonders! you can check more about coconut oil benefits HERE: (QR.NET/be7S2)

35

is coconut oil good to use while your pregnant ,and does help reduce the darkness of strech marks

36

Ok so how long once applied fo you leave it on your face?

38

I have found it reduces the little red areas which are like very fine blood vessels - they are definitely getting less noticeable - don't know if I'm imagining it but don't think so.

39

Just put on my first face mask and I want to get rid of those tiny blood vessels too. I'm excited.

40

You can also use vitamin E and blend them together for extra vitamin E and since it is fat soluble, it breaks down really well and makes it easier for the coconut oil to spread.

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