Coconut oil is known not only as edible oil and hair tonic, but it is also excellent as a massage oil and also smoothens skin. The natives from the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are available to use the coconut oil on their skin. They believed coconut oil can protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The Coconut Oil have natural compositions that suit best on every human skin.
The Natural Composition of the Coconut oil are:
- Saturated fats
It has common fats known as Medium Chain Fatty acids or Triglycerides, they keep the smoothness of the skin when applied. Because of the Medium Chain Triglycerides, the also retain the moisture content of the skin, and they also eliminate moisture loss through the pores of the skin.
When the coconut oil is ingested on daily consumption, the Medium Chain Triglycerides deposits under the skin, keeping it smooth and healthy, giving an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.
- Caprylic, Capric, Lauric Acid
They have a strong antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. When applied on the skin, it protects the skin from getting microbial infections that the open wounds may get and the microbial infections might even enter the body through the open pores. The microbial action of the coconut oil can be experienced greatly when it has been taken internally. The fatty acids also boost the immunity when converted to monocaprin and monolaurin.
Lauric acid in coconut oil is converted to monolaurin and its effectiveness against microbes that causes skin infections were tested. The monolaurin was found out to have a significant sensitivity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that causes superficial skin infections.
The Caprylic, Capric, Lauric Acid are easy to break down as chains of fatty acids, they are also contributing to a usable energy in an efficient and quick way. This is one of the best product to boost your energy levels, considering the natural properties the coconut oil has. They also have a role in helping weight loss and management. Losing weight will also result in an improvement in the quality of the skin by reducing the presence of excess fats, folds in the skin and stretch marks that are considered to be unattractive. A healthy and toned body means, the skin maintains the tight grip around the bones and muscles.
- Vitamin E
The Vitamin E is an essential property for healthy skin growth, repairing the wear and tear of the skin, keeping it smooth and protects against cracking. It also prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin because of the antioxidant properties present in the coconut oil.
- Anti-aging Cream
Because of the antioxidants from the coconut oil, it is considered to be good for anti-aging products.
The proteins provide and contribute to cellular health and tissue repairs, together with the wide range of other special and important activities within the body. The protein is the best property of the coconut oil, thus, making it beneficial to the skin in not becoming rancid. Due to its beneficial properties from the coconut oil, it is also used to several skin care products as an important ingredient.
Uses of the Coconut oil for Skin care:
- Lip Gel/Lip Balm
It helps prevents cracks, discomfort, and embarrassment when used. When using the chemical rich gels on lips, they might be very toxic to the consumers.
To make your own Lip balm you only need 1 tablespoon Coconut oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax and 1 Teaspoon Red Palm Oil or Olive Oil. Combine everything in a double boiler over a low heat. Make sure to have a well-mixed mixture and pour it into your desired storage container. Let it cool before using the lip balm.
- Skin softener
The coconut oil is great as used for skin softeners and helps get away with dry and hard skin conditions. Just apply some small amount of coconut oil for your skin as you put it in your palms. Use coconut oil once or twice on the face, hands and wherever you desired to have a moisturizing effect.
The coconut oil is also good for cracked and hardened feet that happens during cold and strenuous activities while standing on your feet. Though cracks will not vanish as soon as it has been applied with coconut oil but your feet will be softer within days.
The coconut oil also works as an exfoliating product and works best with other exfoliating or grainy materials such as sugars and salts. It will successfully scrape off the excess dead skin and cleanse any substances that may have blocked the pores without leaving the skin irritated. The natural exfoliating activity, when combined with other exfoliating product, will give a perfect exfoliating material and leave the skin with even color, closed pores, and soft textured skin.
- Make-up Remover
The coconut oil also gives best results on removing make-ups on faces without worrying much about the harmful chemical, unlike other readily prepared products.
Use a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your face, your eyes, especially under-eyes. Coconut oil will give you satisfaction on breaking down waxy, inky eye make-ups and at the same time gives a well hydrated look on your skin. Once done, wash your face with water.
- Skin disorders
The effective results given by the coconut oil on skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne have already been claimed though some studies are still on going. The proteins from the coconut oil play vital role in treating skin disorders and its content replaced the sick or dying cells by new and healthy cells.
- Body scrub
Moisturize the skin with using coconut oil mixed with coconut sugar. It will get rid of the dead cells. Apply few times a week.
- Cold Sore Treatment
Applying coconut oil on the affected area will help in speeding up healing time, alleviates pain and reducing the risk of scarring or discoloration.
- Cuticle oil
Rubbing the coconut oil to the nail cuticles helps avoid bacteria build up and it will loosen up the cuticles, making it easier to push back or cut.
- Detox Bath
It eliminates body toxins allowing the body to relax and let the mind unwind. Prepare detox bath in a hot bath with ¼ cup coconut oil by adding ¼ cup Epsom salt. For additional aromatherapy benefits, add few drops of essential oils.
- Diaper Rash
The coconut oil will help ease the itch, pain, and redness from a diaper rash.
Virgin, unrefined coconut oil is safe for the baby because it did not undergo chemical filters, preservatives, or any harmful toxins that may affect the baby’s skin. At the same time, it is not harmful to the environment. It is also easy to apply and on baby’s warm bottom. The scent of the virgin, unrefined coconut oil is close to the real smell of a fresh coconut. The virgin unrefined coconut oil is a money saver product since it did not go through with a different process. However, you should be avoiding rubbing oil all over the baby’s bottom will be quite messy.
- Facial wash
It’s perfect for cleaning and washing the face since the coconut oil has an antimicrobial and moisturizing ability. It kills bacteria and at the same time hydrates the skin giving a vibrant look.
Rub the coconut oil on your face including your neck in a circular motion, giving yourself a gentle massage as you perform this regimen. Wash with your cleanser when you’re done applying.
- Insect Repellant
For 8 oz. of repellant, mix 8 oz. of coconut oil with 40-50 drops of essential oils (citronella, clove, eucalyptus, mint and lemon grass). Reapply the repellant throughout the day. The advantage of using coconut based insect repellant is to avoid harsh chemicals and toxins to your body.
- Heals Wound
The coconut oil has high levels of antioxidants and proven to have good results on healing wounds wherein there was a rapid formation of cells and blood vessels in the wounded area when being tested.
- Highlights Cheekbones
Simply swipe a small amount of coconut oil on your cheek (on top of make-up) and leave it. It will give more glow to the skin; this is the reason why many make-up products used it as their base ingredient in the formula.
- Shaving cream
Use the coconut oil as a cream before shaving your legs or underarms. It is inexpensive and at the same time gives natural antimicrobial and gives good scent. The soothing properties of the coconut oil will help your leg look hydrated and not greasy.
Using the coconut oil:
The use of the coconut oil varies with where and when it will be used. It can be confusing on how to use the coconut oil. You may purchase a jar with wide opening of coconut oil. The coconut oil will reach its solubility when in cold temperature like cream, while, the coconut oil will be in liquid state at warm temperatures.
In buying coconut oil, there are 6 different varieties of coconut oil and they are:
- Pure Coconut oil
- Refined Coconut oil
- Organic Coconut oil
- Fractionated Coconut oil
- Extra Virgin Coconut oil (Most debated by researchers)
When buying coconut oil, you should consider how the coconut will be used and why do you need it. You should know whether you want it to be edible or a carrier oil to be used for massage, aromatherapy, weight loss, or for medicinal purposes.
The antioxidant activity of the virgin coconut oil is due to phenolic compounds; ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid. The virgin coconut oil has the strongest scavenging effect on free radicals and has the highest antioxidant activity. Its antioxidant properties from the virgin coconut oil are produced through chilling and fermentation were investigated and compared with bleached, refined, and deodorized coconut oil. The virgin coconut oil showed the better result on antioxidant capacity than that of bleached, refined, and deodorized coconut oil. however, the process made from the chilling procedure has the highest reducing power.
Extra virgin coconut oil is best for skin conditioning and treating different skin problems. it is effective in moisturizing the dry skins without any adverse effects on the skin. The antibacterial properties will help in preventing skin bacteria that causes acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
The coconut oil is generally considered to be great for all skin types, it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling afterward, it is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, has anti-aging properties, has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, can help with the skin problem and acne, and also a skin softener.
Coconut oil can be mixed with sugar to make your own face scrub by mixing 3 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Stir until mixed well and allow them to stand for 5minutes before applying to the skin. As you apply the mixture to the skin, leave it for 10 minutes before washing to allow penetration of the mixture to the skin; rinse with warm water. This will exfoliate the dead skin cells that form into wrinkles on the skin of your face.
Coconut oil is also good in lightening and whitening your skin, when using virgin coconut oil. The coconut oil serves to be a protector from the sunlight. You can make your own skin whitening recipe by using virgin coconut oil. Add few drops of sliced lemon juice into 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. Stir until well blended. Use cotton balls to apply the mixture to your skin. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Tips when applying the Coconut oil to the skin:
- Try a small amount of oil on a small part of your skin. This will tell you if you are using too much or too little, or if your skin doesn’t like it.
- Apply the oil after you have your shower, as your pores tend to be more opened from the warm water or steam, making it easier for your skin to absorb the coconut oil and its nutrients
- Add some small amounts of essential oils for a scent with the moisturizer.