How & Why You Should Use Coconut Oil For Your Skin

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This is one article in a 5 part series titled The Top 5 Uses Of Coconut Oil. To discover the other four fantastic uses of this magical oil, click the green link.

Coconut oil is an excellent option for skin care. It works as well as mineral oil or petroleum jellies for extremely dry skin; helping to reduce or eliminate cracking, itching and flaking without the disadvantages of using a petroleum product (toxins that could be absorbed through the skin, more chance of allergic reactions, etc.) Because it’s lighter and more easily absorbed than either, there is no greasy film left behind to damage clothing or sheets, and it’s easier to get out if it does get on these items.

It is also a wonderful massage oil, with a beautiful coconut scent. It moisturizes the skin, either alone or in combination with other oils, and is an exceptional base oil for moisturizing creams and oils and aromatherapy blends. Coconut oil is the basic ingredient of many natural skin care products such as soaps, creams and lotions; and is also easy to work with if you enjoy making your own.

Not only does coconut oil work well applied externally, adding it to your diet as a supplement or a replacement for other cooking oils increases the benefits. It contains vitamin E, which is necessary for healthy skin, as well as the medium-chain fatty acids Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Caproic Acid and Lauric Acid. These acids, when acted on by digestive enzymes, are converted into the antibacterial and antifungal agents monocaprin and monolaurin; which have been shown to be effective against Candida, and help protect the body from Athelete’s Foot, rashes, ringworm, and dermatitis. It can also be useful in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and various other skin infections; and helps to reduce or eliminate itching and flaking of the skin due to dryness.

In addition, coconut oil can help reduce blemishes and clear acne. Coconut oil accomplishes this through its ability to exfoliate the skin, its antimicrobial properties, and its similarity in weight and texture to the natural oils produced by the skin. Blackheads are caused by blockages of the pores of the skin, due to dead skin cells and dirt. They become pimples when the plug blocks the natural body oil from escaping, and that oil is contaminated by bacteria.

Finally, coconut oil’s antioxidant properties can help delay wrinkles and sagging skin related to aging by preventing the formation of free radicals and strengthening the skin’s underlying connective tissues, as well as by limiting the damage caused by excessive sun exposure.

I personally believe Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the best coconut oil for the skin. Take a look at the 296 real customer reviews on Amazon. Nearly 85% of customers rated this coconut oil 5 stars. There’s plenty of other good one’s on Amazon too, but make sure you go for the organic, unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil.

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