Let’s talk coconut oil. I guess, this is not the first and surely not the last time you’re gonna hear or read about coconut oil. And there’s only one reason for that: it’s amazing! It is so easy to use, and you can use it for anything! We are going to dive into the benefits coconut oil holds, and why it’s a good idea adding it to your everyday facial routine. I mean, coconut can be used as a make-up remover, a moisturizer, lip balm, eye cream, shaving cream. It can be an ingredient for you shampoo, conditioner and mask. And the best part is that it will safe you money! Finally, you’ll be able to save up easily for all the stuff on your wish list! See?
How do you choose coconut oil? You don’t need to go to a beauty department, because coconut oil stays coconut oil, even with fancy packaging. What is important though, is that you purchase coconut oil that is organic, and sold in a glass jar, because the toxins of a plastic jar might migrate into the oil, and we are trying to avoid chemicals, right? One more thing you can keep in mind, that it might be better to choose virgin or extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil that has been processed is not that different, but did loose some of it’s nutrients in the process of refining. But it is a good idea to go for processed coconut oil, if you can’t stand the smell off coconut!
Okay, now that that is explained, let’s move on to the benefits this piece of gold holds and have a look at the composition of coconut oil.
Coconut oil consists of saturated fats called medium chain triglycerides. These fatty acids keep the skin moisturized and smooth by putting an end to the moisture loss. The saturated fats are not the only fatty acids that are beneficial for you. Their names are caprylic and lauric acid.
Caprylic acids main goal is soothing the skin. Whereas lauric acid protects you from microbial infections, thanks to it’s disinfectant and antimicrobial abilities.
A major component of coconut oil is protein! Protein is rich in antioxidants, what helps to stop or slow down free radicals, what means it slows down aging and repairs your skin (I have written about free radical before in my post about honey). Protein, like lauric acid, also has antimicrobial properties, what protects your skin from infections.
And let’s not forget vitamin E! Vitamins are always so good to us. So what does vitamin E do with our skin? Vitamin E repairs our skin by keeping it smooth and protect it against the sun. It also fights the free radicals, which means it prevents wrinkling.
Coconut oil is one of my favorite ingredients, because it is so easy to use, it melts right in your hands. Coconut oil has a strong solo game going on. You don’t have to mix it with anything, you can just apply it to your face as a moisturizer, or get some on a cotton pad and remove your make-up. Even my waterproof mascara is beaten by it in a few seconds. I also apply it on my feet, if they feel to dry. Although coconut oil is good on it’s own, it’s still a frequent ingredient in my facial and hair recipes!
I hope I was able to show you, why coconut oil is a-ma-zing. If you don’t believe, then there’s only one way out: try it! Apply it to chapped lips, or as a night cream!
Tell me what you think, does it work for you as good as it does for me?