I mentioned briefly in my previous post that I’ve been putting coconut oil on my skin lately. I first used coconut oil on my skin last winter when my feet were so dry I wanted to cut them off. It worked wonders, but I stopped using it when we moved last spring. Whenever I bake with it I always wipe the excess from the spoon I use to get it out of the container all over my hands. Recently I’ve stepped up my usage for several reasons:
- I am now in my last stretch of pregnancy (pun intended) and my belly needs all of the moisture it can get.
- My face has been really dry as the weather gets colder here in Idaho.
- I wanted to see if it was as miraculous as everything I’d read about people using coconut oil for their skin (i.e. clearing up zits, evening skin tone, etc.)
“Coconut oil not only serves as Mother Nature’s best skin moisturizer but the other uses are equally as important. Organic Coconut oil contains more than 50% Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is an antiviral component that can be found in mother’s breast milk. Lauric acid has known properties to help treat cold sores, herpes, boils, acne, and even warts. Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which helps reduce scarring and remedy scrapes and cuts. It is also a bacterial barrier that will prevent any infections. Organic coconut oil is a fantastic natural personal lubricant used for sexual lubrication. It contains no glycerin or parabens like most lubricants do. It’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help stop UTI’s and yeast infections. This is also an excellent natural massage oil. One of the other great benefits to coconut oil is for the treatment of hair. It has a really small molecular structure that allows for a quick penetration into hair follicles and leaves your hair shiny and healthy. It also increases the cell turnover rate, so it is very effective in treating dandruff or itchy scalp ailments.”
***Keep in mind that when dealing with acne or just little zits, your body needs time to detoxify. Don’t stress if your skin appears more oily or you experience more break outs for a few days up to a week after using the oil. Give your body time to respond and get the junk out!
Coconut oil is a nourishing oil. The medium chain fatty acids within the oil get absorbed into your skin, where they can be directly used for nutrition and energy by the mitochondria. This provides all of the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself. By using coconut oil you are ensuring that you are not depriving your skin of energy and nutrients. Coconut oil contains mostly fats, so it acts as an emollient for your skin. Because its melting point is less than your body temperature, it melts into your skin and increases the levels of skin surface lipids, which softens it, making it less rough. My heels are a testament to that fact! Small wounds (caused by acne or pimples) also soften and heal very quickly. Once again, my face has seen the results of this. I could go on and on about this stuff, it’s amazing.
If my previous post on coconut oil and its many benefits hasn’t convinced you yet, what’s stopping you now? Eat it, cook with it, use it all over your skin, it’s going to give you great benefits no matter what. I’m thrilled with the results of my little “experiment” using coconut oil on my skin over the last couple of weeks. TRY IT.