Coconut oil is one of nature’s most marvelous byproducts, something that can be used both internally and externally for health and beauty. Not only does coconut oil provide powerful advantages when you eat it, but it has the same power to heal and rejuvenate when used topically.
Twenty years ago, coconut oil was not in the mainstream scientific purview. It was used by body builders to enhance their physical attributes, masseuses as an aid to massage, and it was one of the most popular ingredients in suntan products because of its fragrant aroma and association with the sun and sand.
Today, however, we’ve learned that pure coconut oil is the perfect companion to a beauty and skin regime, and it’s easy to use. It’s also less expensive than high end cosmetic products and just a little goes a long way.
What makes coconut oil so good for skin?
- Antioxidants work to disarm free radicals that cause skin cancer and aging.
- Fatty acids reduce the depth of wrinkles and hydrate skin.
- Antibacterial properties promote healing of acne pustules, and it will not clog pores.
- Antifungal properties promote healing of scalp, body or beard ringworm, candida, athlete’s foot, tinea and other fungi that form on the skin.
Use coconut oil in place of all your other skin care lotions and creams for moisturizing, cleansing, and shaving, and try making your own specialty products such as scrubs and body butters. Coconut oil will remove makeup, too! Remember, a little bit goes a long way, and it’s safe for delicate areas such as lips and around the eyes.
- If you have scars, it will help fade them by encouraging the growth of new skin cells while the old ones fade out. This benefits aging skin as well by building the growth of new skin cells that are strong, so skin is tighter with less sagging.
- If you need shaving, the antiseptic properties will prevent infection.
- As a moisturizer, lauric acid hydrates. Whether you have dry skin, wrinkles or just want to prevent them, it helps promote the development of connective tissues.
- If your skin is oily, it will work for you, too. It will balance natural oils so the sebaceous glands don’t over produce.
Don’t limit the use of coconut oil to your face:
- You can use it in your bath water to help hydrate your skin all over.
- When you’re out in the sun, rub a thin layer on exposed skin. Coconut oil’s antioxidant properties will act as a natural sun protectant while it nourishes the skin.
Use it as a carrier oil for essential oils that have their own healing properties. For example:
- Catnip oil will help repel insects
- Lavender oil is calming
- Rosemary oil will help keep you alert
- Frankincense will balance and rejuvenate cells
- Mix a few drops each of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, and lemon to boost your immune system if you’re under a lot of stress.
- A combination of cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver will help you stay focused.
- Any combination of lemon or bergamot, cardamom, eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary will help you breathe better.
Anytime you use coconut oil on the skin, no matter where or how you use it, you’re addressing the microbiome and you’ll begin to see significant changes.