Coconut Oil For Skin

Coconut Oil is Great for Skin

An unblemished skin is something that most of us want. It doesn’t matter what your gender is. There is not a single person around who would want dry and wrinkled skin. There are a lot of products out in the market that claim to help alleviate these skin problems but, more often than not, these products are pricey despite being composed mostly of water and highly refined vegetable oil devoid of all natural protective antioxidants. So, what then? The answer is the use of virgin coconut oil.

Virgin coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. The small, molecular structure of the coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin, giving it a soft, smooth texture and thus makes it an ideal and natural ointment for dry, rough, and wrinkled skin. Though first and foremost famous as an edible oil or cooking oil, then as a hair oil, there are benefits in using extra virgin coconut oil for skin and these benefits are the reason why the Coconut oil is a wise choice even for massage therapists as their massaging oil.

The Coconut oil have medium-chain fatty acids or what is known as the Triglycerides.  These Triglycerides, when applied to the skin keeps the skin smooth to touch without compromising the skin’s moisture content and thereby retaining it.  Not only that, but the saturated fat of the Coconut oil, when ingested, deposits itself under the skin, thus keeping it healthy.

Although they may seem nothing but the saturated fats mentioned above and not different from the medium and fatty acids, it is still important to mention the Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, and Lauric Acid found in Coconut oils. It is also important to mention this separately from the Triglycerides as they have their own contributions and can be listed as having separate benefits for the skin.  These three fatty acids–Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, and Lauric Acid–have strong disinfectant and anti-microbial properties that, when applied on one’s skin, protects the skin from microbial infections.  This microbial action can be experienced even if Coconut oil is taken internally, as they boost up the immunity when converted to monocaprins and monolaurins.  It is also of note that using Coconut oil for the skin does the same thing that a mother’s milk does for the body.

The contributions of Vitamin E–which is also one of the benefits of Coconut oil for the skin–towards skin are well-known.  Vitamin E is essential for a healthy skin growth, the repair of the skin, and keeping the skin smooth.  It is also essential for protection against cracking skin.  Above all, it prevents ageing and wrinkling of skin, working with good anti-oxidant properties.  And, like the Coconut, Coconut oil is also rich in proteins–which is also beneficial to one’s skin.  These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated.

It is also good to point out that virgin coconut oil does not go rancid quickly. This is beneficial to the skin because, the longer it is kept from being rancid when applied to the skin, the longer any infection caused by rancidity are avoided.  After all, one would not want an oil spoiled by time and gone bad applied to one’s skin.

It is truly remarkable to learn about it and the rare simplicity of the process. All you need is a little spare time and dedication in your treatment and the only thing needed is cold-pressed oil and it doesn’t necessarily need to be of organic variety.  Further research included that, should cold-pressed oil be unavailable, you can use any refined sunflower or sesame oil purchased at supermarkets.  Though it is worthy to note that, at the time of this writing, though other sources such as peanuts and olives may be used, oils from these sources have not yet proven to be as effective.

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