We’ve all heard about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil – but did you know that it’s a great skincare product too?
Thanks to its rich concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, it’s fast becoming a skincare staple for those in search of a natural alternative that actually works.
1. It can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Forget spending hundreds of dollars on anti-wrinkle creams – coconut oil is a natural wrinkle-eraser!
Ok so it won’t erase wrinkles completely – but it can work to prevent premature aging of the skin. How? It’s packed full of powerful antioxidants that eliminate free radicals – one of the primary causes of premature aging. In addition, it’s also rich in vitamin E and contains a natural emollient, helping to keep skin hydrated. This ensures your skin is soft and supple, promoting elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
2. It has sun protection qualities.
Coconut oil is rated at SPF 4+, which means it’s suitable for use during the early mornings or late evenings – or in winter when the sun’s UV rays aren’t as strong. It’s important to remember that it won’t stop your skin from burning if you’re lying on the beach for hours during peak UV times.
While it’s not a wise move to trade your SPF 50+ sunscreen for coconut oil completely, it’s a great option for those times when industrial-strength sunscreen isn’t necessary. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of chemicals you put on your skin, consider swapping sunscreen for coconut oil when the conditions allow for it!
3. It works as an after-sun care lotion.
Its powerful skin repairing and healing properties mean that coconut oil is a great after-sun lotion. If your skin is looking a little too rosy after a day at the beach, smooth some coconut oil over any areas in need of TLC.
4. It’s a fantastic moisturiser.
As mentioned earlier, coconut oil contains vitamin E, fatty acids and a natural emollient – all of which work to soften and smooth your skin. It’s a great natural moisturiser that can be used all over your body, including your face.
5. It can help with stretch marks.
Stretch marks occur when your skin is stretched beyond its normal limits. Collagen production is affected, which leads to visible scars in the skin’s upper layers.
Since coconut oil improves skin elasticity, it can work to prevent stretch marks from forming – and it can also help to reduce the appearance of any that are already present.
6. Its anti-bacterial properties fight acne.
Plastering acne with oil sounds crazy, right? Well, the fact of the matter is that coconut oil products can actually help to control breakouts.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties (particularly its lauric acid content), coconut oil actually works to kill off the bacterium that causes acne – leaving your skin smooth and clear. In addition, its repairing properties mean that it works to heal any sores caused by larger pimples.
Some find that the coconut oil does exacerbate the problem initially – however this usually only lasts a couple of days. If you’re concerned about covering your face in oil, try steaming your face, applying a thin layer of oil for two minutes, and then wiping it off.
7. It can help to rectify skin conditions.
Coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties – combined with its ability to heal and moisturise the skin – makes it an effective solution for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
8. It can effectively treat fungal skin conditions.
Yep, you guessed it – since coconut oil has antifungal properties it can effectively treat skin conditions such as Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis). No need to buy an anti-fungal cream to treat that itch between your toes; just use a little bit of coconut oil day and night instead.
As you can see, coconut oil is a great way to care for your skin – naturally. Keep a jar in the fridge; it’ll become your go-to skincare product in no time!