The Wonders of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil in Skin Care

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!

Saturated Fats

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

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.

Proteins

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.

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Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin Care

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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!

Skin Clays Balancing Beige Clay Range[The image indicates sale prices valid until 31 July 2015]

 

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6 Jobs Your Skin Is Doing For You And Why You Should Protect It!

Beautiful Skin

Your skin, the largest organ, of your body has a very important role to play. It serves as your body’s first defensive barrier and protects you against environmental hazards.  However, your skin performs a host of more sophisticated functions, all of which are designed to help keep your body working fluidly.

“The skin of an average adult has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6% to 10% of your body weight, edging out the liver, your body’s second-largest organ, which accounts for approximately 2.5% of your body weight.” – National Geographic Science

Here’s a list of your skin’s top 6 jobs, and suggestions of how you can take better care of it:

1. Natural Guard

Your skin acts as a natural guard that provides a protective barrier against harmful environmental invaders like germs and UV radiation.  The skin’s acid mantle in particular plays a very important role in preventing bacteria from attacking our skin and causing infection. The skin’s ability to “tan” (increased melanin production) is a system designed to protect us from UV radiation.

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Firstly it’s important to cleanse daily, to wash away dirt, excess oil, and makeup (from facial skin). Use a Gentle cleanser, and scrub or mask 1-2 times a week (we recommend Skin Clays Hydrating Rose Clay Face Mask or Skin Clays Healing African Clay Face Exfoliant).  Secondly, it’s important to moisturize daily to prevent dry skin, which can compromise the skin’s acid mantle and natural barrier guarding function. Lastly, a broad spectrum sunscreen is critical to preventing premature skin aging due to overexposure to UV radiation.

2. Raincoat (Barrier to Water)

Healthy skin cells need water, yet if the surface of our skin (and the walls of our skin cells themselves) did not have built in “waterproofing”, all the water in our skin would evaporate and cause our skin cells to die.  How does the skin waterproof itself? The outermost layer of skin (called the stratum corneum) is made up of keratin, which bonds with oils rather than water. Thus the outermost layer of the skin needs a healthy balance of oil levels to protect itself.

Woman in rain

After bathing, the waterproofing effect of your skin is somewhat compromised, especially when soaps or other cleansers are used.  Because of this, your skin can feel tight when it begins to dry.  Moisturise with Skin Clays Balancing Beige Clay Skin Cream straight after your shower or bath to lock in the moisture your skin needs. Balancing Beige Clay Skin Cream is an excellent everyday moisturiser because it assists in restoring the natural oil levels of your skin, while detoxifying the skin. This means you are left with wonderfully soft skin, that’s not over oily. 

3. Sponge (Absorbs)

While the outermost layer of skin is designed to repel water, it can also selectively absorb oily substances that are small enough to penetrate in between the cells.  Technically speaking, the keratin creates a semi-porous membrane.  This is why patches of some medications work as a delivery system.

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To keep your skin (and body) healthy, make sure that you’re using products that have nutritious, safe ingredients you want your skin to absorb, and nothing that you do not want to absorb.  Choose natural and organic products which have plant-based antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients (Skin Clays Healing African Clay Balm contains baobab and buchu -both are natural anti-inflammatories).  Apply treatment products and moisturizers after cleansing, applying a warm towel or using a toner.  This will swell the outermost layer of the skin slightly, therefore increasing the rate of absorption.

4. Manufacturing Plant (Synthesizes Chemicals)

Your skin is constantly processing complex chemical reactions to keep cells regenerating, repairing damage and even converting sunlight into Vitamin D.

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Choose skin care products with active ingredients that stimulate skin cell renewal, like anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, in order to keep your skin’s cell regeneration active. Again, the Skin Clays Healing African Clay range comes highly recommended.

5. Thermostat (Body Temperature Regulator)

When you’re hot, your skin is able to cool your entire body by producing sweat and assisting with increasing your body’s blood flow, which also assists in heat loss through the skin. In contrast, when we are cold, the diameter of our blood vessels decreases, which reduces blood flow, retaining heat in the body.

Sweat on skin

Drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost during the day – especially when you’re active, or when it’s a hot day. 

6. Switchboard (Transfers Information)

Nerves in the skin respond to different stimuli, including touch, pain, pressure and temperature by passing along information to the central nervous system. Your skin is therefore an alarm to danger when your body is at risk.

Back scrub massage

Tap into the power of touch with massage, which can increase the “feel good” hormones in our bodies, boost our immunity, blood circulation, and reduce stress! Pamper yourself with Skin Clays Detoxifying Green Clay Body Scrub, not only does the scrub have a lovely rejuvenating scent, by using body scrub, you can stimulate blood flow underneath the skin and promote healthy cell growth.

Locally Made With Love: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special gift from Skin Clays

Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, many of us might find ourselves in a bit of a panic, stuck for ideas of what to do, and what gifts to get to give thanks to our wonderful and devoted mothers. Being a mother is a one of the most wonderful events of a woman’s life, but at the same time, it can be one of the toughest jobs, and one which requires a lot of self-compromise.

Knowing this, Skin Clays has put together three extra special gift hampers to spoil her with in honour of Mother’s Day. Each hamper (valued at R130.00) consists of a clay skin cream (200ml), clay body scrub (250g), comes in a special gift bag, and is guaranteed to make your mom feel like a queen!

If Lemongrass Is Her Favourite Flavour

Skin Clays Detoxifying Green Clay gift bagWe recommend choosing the Skin Clays Detoxifying Green Clay gift bag with lemongrass and juniper. Green Clay is loaded with minerals, detoxifies and nourishes the skin, and restores its natural radiance. We’ve been told that the aroma of lemongrass is a great pick me up and energiser that will lift your mood before, during, or after a busy day. Our Green Clay range works well on all skin types.

If She Loves the Smell of RosesSkin Clays Hydrating Rose Clay gift bag

The Skin Clays Hydrating Rose Clay gift bag with rose geranium and lemon verbena is perfect for delicate or more mature skin. The range’s primary ingredient is rose clay, which gently tones and firms the skin in the nourishing process, and will assist in restoring your skin’s youthful elasticity.

If She’s Mad About Vanilla and CoconutSkin Clays Balancing Beige Clay gift bag

Treat your mom to a Skin Clays Balancing Beige Clay gift bag with vanilla, ylang ylang and coconut. The Balancing Beige Clay range is specially formulated for young and oily skin. Beige clay draws out impurities from the skin, and at the same time, balances the oil and PH level of your skin, uncovering your skin’s natural glow.

Win a Mother’s Day Hamper for Your Mother (Or You)!

Mother's Day

We know being a mom is tough. That’s why we’re giving away a Mother’s Day hamper to one lucky mom! To enter the giveaway, simply visit and like our Facebook page, and comment on the competition post why your mother should win the Skin Clays Mother’s Day Hamper. You are also welcome to comment why you should win yourself one.

The competition ends Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 17:00. The winner will be announced on Facebook at 19:00, so stay tuned to see if you’ve won!

If you’d like to purchase a Skin Clays gift hamper, you can do so online, or visit Wellness Warehouse on Kloof. To ensure that your gift arrives on time, please pay particular attention to our online order delivery times:

  • Delivery in Cape Town and surrounds: 1 -2 Days
  • Delivery to Johannesburg: 2 – 4 Days
  • Overnight Delivery: at a cost of R120