There are Incredible Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair
Coconut oil is one of the most popular do it yourself skin care ingredients in the world. And you’re probably well aware, that for every person who declares its wonders, there will be another person heeding a warning against it. But fear not, the most reputed medical studies (like this one from 2019 in the US National Library of Medicine) solidifies that coconut oil is a very important part of a skin care routine.
One can certainly argue their preferences or opinions, but it’s the science and medical studies we rely on when formulating our products and the effectiveness of ingredients.
And let's just be honest, coconut oil feels good, smells good, is affordable - what's not to love?
What Is the Best Kind of Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair?
What is the best kind of coconut oil for skin and hair? Let’s consider the options, because it really can matter.
In most grocery and health food stores, you’ll find a wide variety of coconut oils, all excellent for various purposes. But it is the cold pressed coconut oil you’ll want for skin and hair benefits.
This is because when coconut oil is cold pressed, meaning the oil is removed without the use of heat, the process is thought to retain more of the oil's nutrients compared to other processing methods.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair
There are some very appealing to using coconut oil for skin and hair. Here are a few excellent examples:
Great eye makeup remover, including waterproof makeup. If you’re like me, you might occasionally wear waterproof mascara. Peronally, it’s a given that I’ll wear it during allergy season, during sad movies, and when I have to struggle through emotional holiday commercials. :) But seriously, while wearing waterproof mascara is a great option, it can be extremely hard to remove. Using coconut oil will do an effective job. Warm a little in your hand and gently work it into your lashes with your eye tightly closed. Then wipe away and rinse. It’s easy and affordable.
Beneficial first step to makeup removal. Carrying on the dialogue about makeup removal, we want to emphasize how coconut oil is actually a great first step to makeup removal regardless of what kind of cosmetics you wear. Applying coconut oil to your skin before you cleanse, is a great way to dissolve excess oils, dirt, and effects of the environment. Then once you’ve worked it in, rinse and then cleanse.
An anti-inflammatory, which means it’s great for irritated skin. Studies show that coconut oil—which is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts—may improve skin barrier function and repair, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Great for anti aging. Since we know that coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, we can leverage that benefit to help prevent the signs of aging. Environmental factors and inflammation are the key reasons why skin is stressed and ages. If we can tamp that down, we can help prevent the signs of aging.
An antimicrobial, which means it’s great for tamping down eczema and some breakouts. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that can help protect against harmful microorganisms. This is especially important for skin health, as many types of skin infections, including acne, cellulitis, folliculitis and athlete's foot, are caused by bacteria or fungi. While technically coconut oil can a comedogenic, proper skin care can allow you to reap it's extensive benefits. Do a patch test on your skin if you suffer from acne. If you find it suitable, it could therefore actually help reduce your acne with it’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities. Everyone is different, so give it a try.
Coconut oil is perfect for locking in moisture. Coconut oil is a commonly used as a hydrating oil in its raw form or as an ingredient in moisturizers. Simply use it as your go-to moisturizer if you’re looking for an affordable option that not only smells amazing, but also leaves your skin feeling nourished and smooth.
Great for healing eczema, a sunburn or rash. Coconut oil can also be used as a natural treatment option for those with eczema, a cluster of skin issues that lead to red, itchy, swollen patches of skin. One small study found that eczema patients (specifically those suffering from atopic dermatitis) who applied virgin coconut oil to the skin twice a day experienced a reduction in staph bacteria on the skin, dryness, abrasions, redness, and thickening of the skin due to scratching. Apply a light layer of virgin coconut oil to the affected area twice a day to help soothe eczema.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair & Body
It’s an excellent deep conditioner for your hair. Hair conditioners often contain coconut oil because it easily penetrates the strands and can even prevent protein loss. I use coconut oil for hair and on my skin for deep conditioning. Apply a quarter-sized dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, rinse with a gentle shampoo.
A great shaving cream replacement. Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t really need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).
Highly regarded body and skin moisturizer. Because coconut oil can be comedogenic, it’s a great choice for a body cream replacement. If you don’t have any concerns about body acne, then the body is fair game. It’s a great body moisturizer because it's rich in fatty acids and has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
A great base to any body scrub. If your limbs are looking dull and feeling rough, you can certainly use coconut oil to whip up your own DIY body scrub to exfoliate with for brighter and softer skin. Coconut oil may actually help counteract the irritation from most exfoliators and create a great base to add sugar, salt or other exfoliants.
Our Vitamin C Moisturizer includes coconut oil and so many other imperative ingredients, you'll love using it every day:
Vitamin C Moisturizer
Our vitamin c moisturizer is great on it's own anytime you need rich hydration and plant based vitamin c rich ingredients to renew and regenerate skin.
It's an excellent choice for rich hydration anytime. You'll benefit from an impressive list of plant derived ingredients, like apricot kernel oil, rose hydrosol, fruit acids, and seaweed extract.
This cream could be the ideal base for your preferred active ingredients that you wish to add based on your own personal skin care needs and goals.
Made fresh the day you order it.
Free shipping in the US for all orders.
Chemical free, synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free. Organic and earth derived ingredients. Made with love, one order at a time.
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Avocado Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carrot Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate), Glycerin (Vegan), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Montmorillonite (Green Clay) Extract, Neem Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Corymbosum (Organic Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Witch Hazel Hydrosol
Whether you use coconut oil from your pantry or find a clean product with coconut oil in it, we’re quite confident that the benefits will win you over. Any questions? Please contact us directly at anytime, firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the chat button in the bottom corner of our ecommerce store.