Coconut Oil For Healthier Skin and Glow

Coconut Oil For Healthy Skin

Coconut oil is antibacterial and has rich antioxidants to protect and nourish skin.
Coconut oil is antibacterial and has rich antioxidants to protect and nourish skin. | Source

I grew up with coconuts…actually coconut trees in the backyard. No need to go to the beach to hear the soothing rustle of its tooth-like leaves. The good thing about having coconut trees in your backyard is free coconuts ….growing in bunches up the lanky trunk. You can train a monkey to go get the coconut. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a pet monkey.  Often, we would whack the coconuts off the tree with bamboo poles. That can take some persistence and good neck muscle.  Or, simply allow the elements (wind, rain, or combination) to dislodge them. Just don’t stand in their way—you may get a “boo boo” the size of the coconut.

The unripe coconut (you recognize it by the green husk) yields succulent, slightly crunchy white flesh and refreshing drink (now, recognized for its electrolytes like nature’s Gatorade). The ripe ones (brown husk) has tougher white flesh (not as pleasing to eat as a snack) but when grated, gives white milk that’s often used in Asian cooking  associated with curries, desserts and Thai food.

In the past, coconut milk has been put in the “naughty” list—people are told to avoid it because of its high saturated fats. In recent years, that claim has been yanked from its pedestal—recent studies found that the fatty acids found in coconut oil is mainly medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), shorter than the long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). As such, they are easily metabolized, according to Monique Ryan, a nutritionist and author of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. In fact, some animal studies suggest that MCTs can actually help weight loss.

But health benefits aside, coconut has been used in many skin and beauty products to good effects. It is not surprising given the fact that coconut oil boosts high levels of lauric acid, capric acid and capryllic acid and they contribute to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifugal and antibacterial properties. Its appealing smell is reminiscent of lazy beach days and exotic tropical settings.

According to Vermen M. Varallo-Rowell, M.D., award-winning American Fellow of Dermatologist and Medical Researcher, coconut can help you avoid obesity, boost immunity, protect against bacteria, fungus and viruses. It can be used to moisturize skin to achieve natural glow and beauty, even treating acne.

So, what are some of the products that can pamper your skin and generate glow and health? Here are some top picks:

  • Wrinkle Reducer

For centuries, people living in the tropics have used coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. According to the National Institute of Health, a study to determine the affectivity and safety of coconut oil compared to mineral oil revealed that coconut oil has antiseptic effects. Patients involved showed significant improvement in skin hydration and increase in skin surface lipid levels, comparable to mineral oil. Look for organic pure coconut oil for best results. Try Adara Organic Virgin Coconut oil.

Another good wrinkle reducer is Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment. It has rich coconut oil to reduce fine lines and fight skin-damaging free radicals (from the UV rays or environmental pollutants).

  • Drink for Your Skin

Dehydration can cause parched and dull skin. To combat dry skin, why not give your skin a rich moisturizing drink—one that not only nourishes the skin but fight free radicals and promote skin regeneration? Try Kate Sommerville Goat Milk Cream (has goat’s milk, coconut oil, grapeseed extract ).

Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Lotion contains organic virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba, grapeseed extract and essential oils of rosewood, lavender, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, geranium and rose. Dry skin will find this 100 percent pure moisturizing lotion a great skin saver.

  • Glow for Your Skin

Soft skin is wonderful but soft skin with glow is wow-getting. If you’re looking for a light-weight, fast absorbing botanical moisturizer that can give you the glow while moisturizing your face, why not try Tahitian Glow—Organic Coconut and Gardenia Angel’s Balm. It is 80 percent organic body butter balm, infused with coconut and Tahitian Gardenia.

Beauty experts will tell you that your skin needs to be exfoliated on a regular basis to glow. Sloughing off old skin helps new skin to takes its place. Philosophy Coconut Frosting Salt Scrub using natural sea salt to exfoliate dry, flaky skin, leaving your skin refreshed and resurfaced--ready to absorb moisture.

  • Replenish Skin

The dry air on an airplane can leave your skin dry and dull. A day at the beach or just romping in the sun or sitting in an air-conditioned room can do that as well. To fight the drying effects of the environment on your skin, carry moisturizing mist with you. The Body Shop carries a Coconut Milk Body Lotion that promises to enhance your skin’s moisture barrier. Just spritz some on whenever you feel dryness creeping up on you. The added bonus—it’s delightful beachy scent may transport you to the blissland of relaxation.

You may also want to try Victoria’s Secret Garden Coconut Passion Hydrating Body Lotion. This hydrating body lotion contains a sensuous blend of vanilla, coconut and Lily of the Valley with skin-replenishing aloe, oat, grapeseed extracts, vitamins E and C.

  • Bring Lush to Lips

No need to pump those lips up with collagen—get luscious lips with some help from coconut lip balm. Allow the rich conditioning effects of coconut oil to completely moisturize and sensualize the lips. Try Origins Smileage Plus Liptint. This lip balm also has a pretty natural looking tint, so you can just use it on its own.

Other considerations:  try Dr. Nicholas Perricone also has Super Lush Lips with coconut oil and Alba Hawaiian Lip Balm, Coconut Cream.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Great information. I'll have to try these. I'm always interested in skin products that are healthy for us.

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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Great information! Thanks.

coffeesnob 5 years ago

thumbs up!!!

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Pamela Red, thanks for being the first here. Try them and let me know how you like them.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, einron and coffeesnob, for dropping by and commenting.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a very good hub and you have sold me on trying some new coconut products. Voted/rated up.

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bryanps 5 years ago from Australia

wow coconut oil to make skin healthier. Must have done a lot of research on that.

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Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

Great Article! I use coconut oil myself and know for a fact that it work wonders.

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I love that you could train a monkey to go get a coconut. Brilliant!

Here in the US we were steered away from coconut oil by major cooking oil companies (and the silly medical profession) that wanted to sell us cheap corn oil and worse (for profit) that pretty much amounted to toxic garbage. Fortunately we have access now to enough information to know that nothing is better than coconut oil. I always keep some on hand. And fortunately here in NYC we have so many cultures from all over the world and all know the value of the coconut (as my parents did). I can now walk over to a Korean market where I can buy a young coconut peeled so I can enjoy the milk.

Thanks for a brilliant hub that covers it all. Rated way up of course. (shortly I am going to put some coconut oil in my hair - and yes it is amazing on the lips)

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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

Thanks for shedding light on the health benefits of coconut oil.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Pamela, always good to see u here.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Bryanps, thanks for dropping by to comment.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Sharon, thanks for validating this--coconut oil works.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

BKCreative, you always add so much more to this hub with your comments. Yum, young coconut--I love the "meat" inside. As kids, we used to gather around, waiting for the grow-ups to peel us one of those coconuts. You're right, coconut oil is also excellent on the hair--nourishes, promotes hair growth. Asians have used coconut oil and milk for centuries, so I'm really glad it finally getting the recognition it deserves.

Enjoy your hair treatment and have a great NY day.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Blissfulwriter, thanks for dropping by. I went by your hub to comment but found no place to comment on your "Eating and Driving" hub. Anyway, rated the article up.

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

I use coconut milk and coconut flakes extensively in cooking, but didn't know coconut oil can be a great skin tonic. This is very interesting. Voted up and useful! :)

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Ingenira 5 years ago

It's amazing to know how the coconut oil can help to beautify the skin. Great info !

That'll also definitely give me a good reason to drink it more often.

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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

This is wonderful anglnwu. I am glad we are finally understanding what much of the world knew all along - that coconuts and everything about them are health and life giving. I always keep the oil on hand, hydrate in the summer with the water - and love the meat. I remember my father used to bring them home and use a machete to expertly cut them open. So good.

Rated up as always.

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Wow,its amazing to hear that coconut acts as an antibacterial to the skin and also help in replenishing the skin.nice info which am grateful for

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

I use a lot of coconut milk in my cooking too--just made beef curry last night. Thanks for commenting, Om--always good to hear from u.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Ingenira, coconut water is delicious.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Listlady, you use a machete while we use a "parang" a long blunt knife to heck away the husk. I love the flesh inside as well. Thanks for dropping by and adding to the hub with your comments.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, crystolite, for your positive comments.

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mysisters 5 years ago

Great Hub with some very useful information. Can coconut oil be used for any skin type. I have very oily skin and would think that by putting more oil on my skin it would make it break out??

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

mysisters, thanks for dropping by. I agree with you--don't put more oil on already oily skin.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

Coconut oil is certainly very useful. Nice hub Anglnwu.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Katrinasui, for commenting.

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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

I grew up with coconuts too! I have been eating coconuts ever since I can remember. My favorite is the young, green coconut with just the right amount of soft flesh. We call this as "buko or buco" and its juice has just the right amount of sweetness. In fact, the juice is used as a substitute for dextrose during emergency situations if one is far from a hospital. It just has the right amount of electrolytes.

I have actually started writing something about the many wonders of coconut but I haven't got around to finishing it. Now that you have this, I can just link up when I finally finish it. Hahaha! Oh, and you should have asked me about coconut photos, I have several!

By the way, coconut is not only great for skin, it's also great for hair.

Thanks for this my friend. Rated up and useful!

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

So good to see u here, Jill. I should have asked--I would most definitely have used your pictures--they are notches above what I can find on google.

It's funny that they are just beginning to realize that coconut water is very useful--in fact, Coco cola may offering "coconut water" as a drink (if I have my information correct).

Looking forward to your coconut hub. Thank you so much again for rating it up. Have a great day.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for sharing the lovely benefits of coconut oil. I love the smell of it.

Ps. I'm not sure if you are from Japan or China, (your profile doesn't say) but I hope all is well with you and your family - in light of the Tsunami & Earth quake.

Take care.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Lady E, for your concern. I'm from Singapore and it's about 4 or 5 hours away from Japan. We're ok. Thanks again for asking and thanks for commenting. Have a great weekend.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I put a teaspoon of coconut oil in my coffee every morning. Organic virgin coconut oil. I swear buy it! Great hub. :) Katie

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Wow, katiem, that's impressive. I use coconut milk a lot in my cooking. In Asia, coconut oil is used from conditioning hair to cooking. Thanks for the visit.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Great, great hub. This is filled with so much information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Rated up, useful, and awesome.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, toknowinfo, for your support.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Great hub, a friend told me her granny uses boiled water from the dry shell to lower blood pressure. The last one I bought didn't even have any liquid in it, how can that be?

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Pollyanniana, I wonder what your friend's granny did exactly. Did she boil water in the coconut husk or she boil the coconut water found in the coconut? If you go to the Asian store, you can buy one with the water still in it. All you've to do is to heck a hole in it and drain out the liquid. After, you can heck it into half and scrap the flesh to eat. Very tasty. Thanks again.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was beautiful information. I never knew about this before. Thanks for share valuable information like this one. Well done, my friend. Rated up!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

prasetio, thanks for your comments. Always good to see u.

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TINA V 5 years ago

My mom sometimes uses coconut oil for her hair. At her age, she has thick and shiny hair; I guess even healthier than mine. LOL! But it’s true – coconut oil has a lot of benefits to our body and health. This is an informative and useful hub.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Tina, my friend who is much older has thick black hair too--she uses coconut oil to condition before shampooing.Thanks for commenting.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good stuff anginwu! I've used it some, now I know I need to use coconut oil daily. Thanks.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, RTalloni, glad you came by.

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farahzachzia 5 years ago from Indonesia

Beautiful Lay out. Beautiful word. Very Useful. I am your new fan. Voted up.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, farahzachzia, for stopping by to read and comment.

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Excellent work, largely educational, useful and informative. Bravo

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, ubanichijioke, glad you find the information useful.

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