Coconut oil is one of the most used natural remedies for many things. The benefits of using it are enormous. Most people care about their look and how other perceive them. That’s why one of the many industries that are not affected by financial crises is the cosmetic industry. As the coconut oil being one of the best natural remedies, and as people try to avoid chemical-based solutions, coconut oil uses are huge and can me applied almost everywhere.
- What makes coconut oil good for your skin?
- Coconut Oil Uses To Nurture Your Skin
I’m trying to avoid products with many chemicals, perfume, and all other ingredients that irritate my skin. After having problems with eczema, I had to find natural ways to keep my skin moisturized, protected from many environmental allergens that affected the eczema.
I tried coconut oil, and in my opinion it is the best, natural way to nurture the skin that gives the skin a refreshed and younger look.
That is why this article is dedicated to the use of coconut oil for skincare and other beauty related things.
What makes coconut oil good for your skin?
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy acids, including capric, caprylic, myristic, and lauric acid. What this oil does, is it softens and lubricates healthy skin cells, breaks down dead cells, heals acne, and hydrates skin. In the table below you can see in depth how each constituent of the coconut oil affects the skin:
|Nutrient||Benefits for Skin|
|Lauric Acid||Kills the bacteria that cause acne to appear.|
|Capric Acid||Has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.|
|Caprylic Acid||Provides nurturing benefits to sensitive and oily skin. Anti-oxidant protection.|
|Vitamin C||Stimulates collagen production. Fights off free radicals, which cause premature aging. Promotes skin tautness and elasticity.|
|Vitamin E||Bolsters the skin’s UV protection. Slows down fine lines and aging of skin. Keeps skin connective tissues strong, preventing sagging cheeks and skin.|
|MCFA (Medium Chain Fatty Acids)||Protect skin from infections and bacteria. Create a skin pH that is deadly for microbes, especially the acne-causing bacterium known as Propionibacterium.|
|MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides)||Penetrate deep into skin pores. Unclog blocked pores, removing dirt, grime, pollution, and germs. Dissolve the ‘bad’ oils that clog pores and cause acne and blackheads.|
Coconut oil is loaded with good fats that provide us with energy, able to fight microbes in the body and excellent for cooking.
The coconut oil not only that helps you to replace chemical based beauty products, but it’s also a cost-effective way to care for your body. Coconut oil also is able to enter through the skin pores, on a deeper level than your average product.
Coconut Oil Uses To Nurture Your Skin
Natural Skin Moisturizer
You should avoid the chemicals in conventional lotions and try to make your own instead. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin thanks to the saturated fats which prevent moisture loss through the pores of the skin. These fats give the skin a healthy and smooth feel.
You can make your own homemade body lotion with coconut oil. Here is the recipe:
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil
- 1 cup Virgin Coconut oil
- 40 drops Essential Oil (choose oils based on scent of choice)
- Large Glass Jar or Small glass Jar
- Put shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in glass bowl. Place that bowl in sauce pan that is filled with water (like when melting chocolate on steam).
- Heat the stove to medium while mixing the oils together.
- Once the butter is melted and the oils are mixed, put in refrigerator for an hour or until solid.
- With a regular mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are whipped and fluffy. Add essential oils and mix in.
- Fill the glass jar with body lotion mixture and store at room temperature.
What else to do?
If your skin is dry, you should apply coconut oil to your face after washing. Dry it lightly with a towel. Take a ¼ teaspoon oil in your hand and gently massage the oil in, evenly on the skin. Wait 5 to 10 min till the oil is absorbed. Wipe away any excess with a soft cotton towel.
When it comes to having oily skin, you can still make use of the moisturizing effect of this oil. Overproduction of sebum is often the result of inadequate skin hydration; it is body’s own attempt to prevent further dehydration. However, extra sebum secretion can cause skin problems like comedo formation and acne/ This happens when dry, flaky skin easily forms keratin plugs over the follicles.
Natural Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is an excellent grease cutter; it is as good as, or even better than, commercial anti-grease products. If you read the labels of cleaning products, you may come across a coconut-derived detergent agent sodium lauryl sulfate. Chances are, you will find the same ingredient in baby wash care products as well. The point is that it is powerful enough to cut through motor oil and grease while being safe and gentle on baby’s skin.
What to do?
To avoid too much rubbing and skin pulling while wiping off the makeup, apply coconut oil all over the face with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off with warm water and mild soap. The main bulk of the makeup should be gone, but you should again apply oil to do a thorough cleaning.
Keeping the eyes tightly closed, place cotton pads dipped in coconut oil over them. Within a few minutes, the oil will dissolve waterproof mascara and eyeliner so that you can gently wipe them off. If coconut oil gets into the eyes, it may sting a bit, but it is perfectly safe. In fact, the oil is used in many herbal preparations for eye diseases.
Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for homemade toothpaste. The coconut oil fights off the bacteria on the outer wall of the teeth, the soda scrubs the teeth leaving them whiter from any coffee or smoke stains.
Use it as Lip Balm
Dry chapped lips can happen during any season. To prepare your natural lip balm, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of beeswax, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter in a nonstick saucepan. Heat the stove to medium and mix slowly until melted. Use a small funnel to refill used lip balm containers. Allow to set up for 6 hours.
Naturally tinted Lip gloss or Lipstick
If traditional deodorants irritate your skin, using coconut oil is a great alternative. Try this three-ingredient homemade deodorant recipe to a natural homemade deodorant. It hardens into a natural, healthy alternative to store-bought brands that’ll keep you smelling fresh.
As a Gentle Face Wash
People use the coconut oil can to make a homemade natural face wash for cleansing and to moisturizing the skin on your face. Mix with lavender oil, tea tree oil and raw honey for best results.
Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to speed healing of rashes, burns, and open wounds. It also helps in soothing symptoms and irritated skin from different skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes etc. You can use it just like you would neosporin. To make a homemade neosporin mix coconut oil, frankincense, lavender and melaleuca oil. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help to keep the area free of infection, and the lauric acid helps with speeding the healing process.
Cellulite And Stretch marks solution
Stretch marks occur as the skin’s elasticity changes, most frequently after weight gain/loss or pregnancy. Using coconut oil can help reduce the stretch marks, helping them fade more quickly. The moisture is kept in the skin allowing to heal more quickly.
When it comes to preventing or getting rid of cellulite, you should try the following process. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and massage in a firm circular motion into affected areas. Follow with dry brushing to help stimulate circulation and encourage cellular detox.
Here are some other natural ways to treat and get rid of cellulite.
Coconut oil can help soothe inflamed skin, reduce redness and rehydrate skin. The thing is that while coconut oil does provide minimal sun protection, about SPF 4. My advice is to add zinc oxide to make a stronger sunblock, if you’ll be in the sun for a longer period of time.
To make a natural insect repellent, about eight ounces of repellent, simply mix eight ounces of coconut oil with 40 to 50 drops of essential oils; some favorites are citronella, clove, eucalyptus, mint and lemongrass. While you’ll need to reapply throughout the day, you’ll avoid introducing harsh chemicals and toxins into your body.
You can also add basil to the coconut oil, making the insect repellent especially effective with mosquitoes. When we were kids we use to rub fresh basil on our skin, something which was very effective.
The antimicrobial action of coconut oil extends to fungal infections of the skin too. Although many fungal infections are minor and self-limiting, they can be a big problem on the face. Yeast infections and ringworm can start as small patches of dry, scaly or rough skin, but they can flare up unexpectedly.
Applying coconut oil to the face depending on the type of skin as explained above, under the Natural Moisturizer heading.
Cold Sore Treatment
If you have problems with cold sores dab coconut oil on them to help speed up the healing time, alleviate pain and reduce the risk of scarring or discoloration.
The three fatty acids mentioned before, capric, caprylic and lauric acid, possess disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, helping to prevent or heal microbial infections.
Nail Cuticle Oil
Rub the oil into the nail cuticles to help with keeping germs at bay and loosening up cuticles, making them easier to push back or cut.