The Miracle Beauty Ingredient You Can’t Live Without
Several years back, I took control of my health and eliminated all processed foods from my diet. This accountability then carried over to my beauty products. After doing some research on the largest organ of the human body (the skin!), I realized that the same rules I was applying to my food should be applied to my skincare products as well. If I wouldn’t eat something, then I shouldn’t put it on my skin either. After all, everything you put on your skin is absorbed by the body and makes its way into the bloodstream.
There is one magic ingredient that has taken center stage in my beauty regimen, and I’ll bet you probably already have it in your pantry: coconut oil! It seems to be up there on the shelf with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but it has endless options! This used to be one of the best kept secrets of those living in warmer climates, but recently everyone is starting to use coconut oil for its amazing benefits. Though there are many ways to use coconut oil, here are my go-tos for using it topically.
Like most oils, coconut oil contains a significant amount of fat. Much of this is saturated fat, specifically medium chain fatty acids. These are beneficial to your skin as they help to both retain your natural moisture content and protect against any moisture loss. Unlike a lot of other oils, coconut absorbs quickly and won’t leave you greasy. It should be known that being increasingly moisturizing may also come with some drawbacks. For some, it can clog pores, so use mindfully! By adding some sugar or salt, you can make a great scrub that will exfoliate your skin, but won’t be too harsh.
One of the medium chain fatty acids that I mentioned before is lauric acid, which is known to have powerful antibacterial properties as it’s been shown to inhibit the growth of some pathogens. Some researchers are even looking to see if coconut oil help fight resistant super bugs, such as MRSA. Have acne? Coconut oil’s strong antibacterial properties make it a go-to (in moderation!) for those wanting clearer skin. As previously mentioned, coconut oil is highly comedogenic, so avoid it if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
Forget all those expensive anti-wrinkle treatments! Coconut oil is rich in proteins that promote health at a cellular level and aid in repairing damaged tissue. Vitamin E and antioxidants are also present, which are essential for healthy skin growth. They also help protect against free radical damage. With an SPF of 4, coconut oil blocks nearly 75% of UV radiation, which helps protects all skin from long-term sun damage.
I hope you come to love and incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine. Be sure to buy organic, which is sometimes labeled unrefined, raw, cold pressed, or virgin.
How do you use coconut oil?