The Benefits of Coconut For Your Skin | PEAK SOAP
By Michael Holloway MSc, BSc - Updated 18.05.2022
What are the benefits of coconut for your skin?
What are the benefits of coconut for your skin? Firstly, coconut oil is safe to use for most people but those with nut allergies should use caution. Coconut has a multitude of natural benefits for your hair and your skin! You can use coconut oil as a soap, a cleanser, a moisturiser and a natural makeup remover. Coconut has natural benefits for its detox properties, moisture enriching properties, for reducing wrinkles and soothing irritated skin. Lets have a closer look at this magic natural ingredient, the coconut.
1. Coconut Sugar & Salt Rubs
Coconut has the benefit of being a great exfoliant. An exfoliant is a substance that removes dead epidermal cells, grease and grime from the surface of the epidermal membrane. 'Straight off the shelf' coconut oil makes a lovely exfoliant when mixed with a course granular substance like himalayan salt and sugar. Simply mix the coconut and the scrub of your choice, gently rub it all over your face, and wipe clean with a warm, wet flannel. Try adding a little bit of fresh lime and honey for a tantalizing experience.
2. Coconut for Wrinkles
Is coconut oil good for wrinkles? Well coconut oil is not a miracle elixir but as far as natural substances go, its not bad. Coconut oil can help to reduce visible wrinkles and signs of ageing when used on a regular basis. Coconut oil soaks into skin very nicely and makes little lines and wrinkles appear less obvious. Good quality coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids which help rehydrate skin in a natural way. Medium-chain fatty acids help skin regain elasticity and suppleness. This is because coconut, like sweet almond oil is quite similar to the bodys natural sebum.
3. Coconut For Acne
Is coconut oil good for acne? Acne manifests when epidermal pores become inhibited by skin oil, daily grime, face touching and normal cell death. Each skin pore is a little tube leads to a sebaceous gland, which secreates the oily substance known as sebum. Coconut oil has an abundance of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that can kill the acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. MCFAs have natural antimicrobial effects. However, this only works if you apply coconut oil directly to skin, since this is where the bacteria are located.
4. Coconut As a Skin Cleanser
How to use coconut oil as a skin cleanser? You can use virgin or refined supermarket coconut oil as a simple natural cleanser. Get a pea sized amount in your hand and rub it into the skin until it melts and starts to be absorbed. Allow it to absorb for a few moments, then wipe your face with a warm wet flannel or tissue paper. Be sure to remove the excess so as not to block skin pores too much. The same can be done when using coconut oil as a natural makeup remover. You can also use a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton ball or pad and use it to wipe your delicate eye area.
5. Coconut For Dry Skin
Is coconut good for dry skin? Coconut oil, as has already been touched upon, is great for dry skin. Coconut oil has hydrating properties. The stratum corneum, the upper layer of skin, actively works to prevent water loss and infection. This layer can become dry due to weather, illness, age, allergens, inflamation, infection, swimming, sports and just daily living in your skin! A good way to rehydrate skin using coconut is to use a vegetable oil soap containing coconut. This ensures that you dont block pores or apply too much.
6. Coconut Oil For Eczema
Is coconut oil good for eczema? Eczema is often referred to as atopic dermatitis. Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. Eczema also reduces the skin’s ability to become and remain hydrated. Eczema is usually a long-term condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear totally, in some children as they age. Coconut oil can reduce symptoms by soothing skin irritation and reducing the primary risk of infection.