Benefits of Coconut Oil for Every Skin Type
Grown in a tropical oasis, coconuts are a truly wondrous fruit, nut and/or seed. Though, nearly every part of a coconut is useful, coconut oil is the most highly regarded. Coconut oil is defined as the oil extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts.
When applied topically, coconut oil yields truly miraculous results. Hydrating, healing, antibacterial and anti-fungal, coconut oil is the perfect moisturizer for all skin types.
The hydrating properties of coconut oil are truly unmatched. Naturally occurring medium-chain triglycerides (saturated fats), vitamin E and numerous proteins all combine to provide instant and long-lasting moisture to skin. Coconut oil gives skin an even, nourished tone.
Coconut oil is the largest natural source of medium-chain triglycerides. When applied topically, skin's natural bacteria converts the medium-chain triglycerides into antimicrobial fatty acids. These antimicrobial fatty acids prevent bacterial infections, fungal infections, etc. This is why coconut oil is an amazing tool to use when trying to prevent acne.
Vitamin enriched (including vitamins A, B, C and E) coconut oil hydrates and nourishes aging skin. The rich, antioxidant nature of coconut oil protects skin from environmental irritants and free radicals. Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant due to its stability, resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. The result equals less wrinkles and younger-looking skin.
One of the oldest uses of coconut oil is as a natural sunscreen. It actually blocks out UV rays naturally. It has the ability to heal skin and it is rich in antioxidants. Both of these properties help immensely when used on skin that is subjected to the sun. Though, it only boasts an SPF of 3 or 4, it is still an excellent alternative to chemical sunscreens.
Coconut Oil Hand & Body Cream
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup shea butter
- 1/8 cup cocoa butter
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera juice
- 1 Tbsp liquid oil of choice (like sweet almond, jojoba, etc.)
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
- Heat the shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter over low heat until melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the aloe vera juice, liquid oil, and essential oils and stir to combine well.
- Store in container of your choice. (glass jars work best)