So it’s 2018, and guess what? Coconut oil is still a big deal. This magical elixir isn’t going away any time soon – in fact, our love for it just keeps growing. The best news – it features in almost every single one of my natural products!
Coconut oil is one of those all-purpose ingredients that can be used in just about any situation. It’s fondly referred to by many as ‘the Tree of Life’ and it can make you feel better in a myriad of different ways, both inside and out. It’s an amazing source of healthy fats like lauric acid - which helps lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. It also contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties make it a great natural remedy for everything from dandruff to bleeding gums.
You might already be using coconut oil for your hair, your face, your teeth and as a staple in your diet, but are you using it on your skin, as well? If not, you should be, because there are endless benefits to doing so. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it’s also one of the ways our body rids itself of toxins (along with the kidneys). When we slather ourselves from head to toe in questionable products that might contain more toxins than we’re aware of, it can cause much more harm than we’d like to believe. So, if you’re looking to go natural, here are the top 6 benefits of coconut oil for skin care.
- As a moisturiser
Coconut oil has a high composition of saturated fats, which makes it the perfect replica for our skin’s natural barrier. It works by trapping in moisture, so the best way to utilise this is by applying it right after a shower when your skin is still nice and supple. Whether your dry skin is caused by dehydration, stress, exposure to damaging elements or nutritional deficiencies, coconut oil will be able to penetrate deep into the layers of skin, where it’s easily absorbed and can start working its magic. My two body oils and all of my natural body scrubs contain coconut oil and other plant based oils to provide the ultimate way to hydrate and moisturise for your skin.
- For makeup removal
The skin around the eyes is the most fragile of the whole body. When we’re using and removing eye make-up everyday, the pulling, rubbing and general wear and tear can cause wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. But coconut oil is one of the most gentle, inexpensive makeup removers on the market. The thickness of the oil means it works even on the heaviest makeup looks, and it can even remove waterproof mascara with ease. Simply dab some onto a clean fingertip and massage the oil gently over your closed eyelids and lashes, then wipe with a cotton pad.
- To treat skin disorders
Coconut oil is reported to be highly effective on certain skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema and even Athlete’s Foot. This is all thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation, fungal infections and other harmful microbes that can wreak havoc with our skin. Coconut oil contains agents such as monolaurin and monocaprin, which can help protect the body from various skin disorders and the painful, irritating side effects that come with them. My natural body scrubs are the perfect way to exfoliate away dry/dead skin and nourish with a healthy dose of coconut oil, vitamins and minerals, helping to reduce the appearance of skin conditions.
- For dry scalp care
For those who suffer from a dry scalp or dandruff, coconut oil is the best way to treat it without using any of those nasty chemicals that come in a lot of other anti-dandruff products. The best way to do this is to shampoo your hair, then massage a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil into your scalp. Wrap a warm towel around your hair once you’ve covered the entire scalp (you can simply heat the towel up in the microwave for around 30 seconds), and leave it on for at least half an hour. The longer you can leave it on, the better it’ll be. Rinse the coconut oil out (it might take a while, so be patient!) and comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Doing this at least once a week will assist you in properly moisturising your scalp and getting rid of your dandruff problem.
- As an anti-aging weapon
Coconut oil can prevent and reduce signs of aging like dull skin, dryness, large pores, fine lines and sagging skin. This can be attributed to the large amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin E found in the oil. These vitamins are antioxidants that are well-known for their ability to make the skin glow with good health. Coconut oil is also rich in protein, which is essential for keeping skin healthy by assisting in the repair of our cells and tissues, even replacing any damaged skin cells with healthy ones. Try applying one of my natural body oils to your face and skin after a shower and notice the improvement in softness, smoothness and reduced appearance of fine lines.
- To replace your toner
Coconut oil is a big ingredient in many natural skin care products thanks to its ability to cleanse and tone. Every day, our skin collects residue from our environment; things like our food and drink, as well as what we’re exposed to - like pollution, dirt, wind and the sun. All these things (and more) can cause negative effects on the skin over time, if they’re not removed properly. This is why cleansing and toning should be such an important part of your skin care routine, and coconut oil is a perfect ingredient for it. Using coconut oil means you can remove that buildup of harmful toxins while leaving the skin’s healthy, natural oils behind. It’s important to note that coconut oil is a comedogenic, which means it can have a tendency to clog the pores of some skin types. So you only need to use a small amount in order to get the best effect. Try using my natural Activated Charcoal Wash to help remove dirt and toxins, then follow with some coconut oil.
You can see why I’m all about coconut oil and how my products can help to cleanse, nourish, moisturise and more!