Coconut oil is known for a number of things, including being a highly nutritious cooking ingredient, a hair tonic, a excellent massage oil, and moisturiser for the skin. In tropical parts of the world, where coconuts are widely available, locals commonly spread coconut oil on their skin, due to the belief that it protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Is it true that this natural oil, without any additives, can protect the skin in some of the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than processed and artificial creams? In our latest blog we explore the composition of coconut oil, explain why it is such a wonderful botanical, and why nature knows how to take care of us best!
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil retains the moisture content of the skin. When regularly consumed, coconut oil deposits fats under the skin, keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone.
Capric, Caprylic, & Lauric Acid
These three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. When applied to your skin, coconut oil protects your body against microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter your body through your skin’s pores.
Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin growth and repair of the skin. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties.
Coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep the skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins, along with vitamin E contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin Care
1. Skin Softener
Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions. Coconut oil is also good for hardened and cracked feet.
2. All-Over Body Moisturiser
Coconut oil is a perfect all-natural, whole body moisturiser that will significantly help reduce the chemical load on your body. It’s also great for during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.
3. Skin Disorders
Coconut oil is excellent remedy for a number skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Because of coconut oil’s protein content, the replacement of sick or dying cells that can occur with various skin disorders, are quickly replaced by new, healthy cells. Coconut oil therefore not only treats the infection by battling the microbial bodies, it also heals the damage or visible marks of the particular skin disorder.
4. Natural Body Scrub
Coconut gives the skin a good polish and deep moisturising treatment at the same time. Coconut oil, in combination with natural abrasive ingredients, scrapes off excess dead skin and cleans out whatever substances have blocked the skin’s pores without leaving the skin feeling irritated.
Other Uses (In Pure Form)
Apart from all the amazing functions coconut oil holds, it can also be used up as a natural makeup remover, cuticle oil, lip balm, eye cream, shaving cream, moisturising bath oil, and conditioning hair treatment!
Why Skin Clays Uses Coconut Oil
Now is the time to start thinking of your skin as your second mouth. If you wouldn’t eat the product, perhaps you shouldn’t put it on your body? Your skin is your largest organ and many of the products (or chemicals) we smear all over ourselves, get absorbed straight through our skins, and sometimes into our bloodstreams – this puts an enormous toll on our skins.
If you’re interested in seeing the benefits of coconut oil on the skin, add the Skin Clays Balancing Beige Clay range to your cleansing and skin regime this month and let us know how about your experience!