Putting oil on your skin may sound like a bad idea, but not if you're using the right one. Straight virgin coconut oil has all the beneficial properties that help maintain the beauty of your complexion by combating acne, fighting the signs of aging, evening out skin tone and keeping it soft and moisturized.
Those who suffer from acne may be hesitant to use oil to treat already oily skin, but virgin coconut oil has properties that effectively fight one of the main causes of acne — bacteria. Acne is caused by a number of issues, but most commonly the combination of excess sebum mixed with bacteria on your skin. When the white blood cells in your body move to attack the bacteria in your pores, the area becomes inflamed, causing a breakout of acne.
Virgin coconut oil can help treat acne both by incorporating it into your diet, and by applying it topically to the affected area.
It is important to make sure that you don't have an allergy to coconut oil though. This treatment may not work for those who have sensitivities to coconut oil, and may actually worsen the condition.
Fighting Signs of Aging:
Virgin coconut oil is filled with antioxidents that help combat the free radicals that contribute to aging skin. Free radicals are unstable electrons in your body that can cause damage by running rampant, causing a chain reaction of instability by pulling electrons off other molecules it comes in contact with.
Antioxidants can help reduce this damage because they can donate electrons to other unstable molecules, all the while staying stable itself. This perpetuates an environment of stability. So for the same reason why eating eat fruits filled with antioxidants, such as grapes, helps fight the signs of aging, keeping virgin coconut oil in your diet and using it as a moisturizer helps reduce inflammation and keeps your skin looking young as well.
Balancing Skin Tone and Treating Scars:
Uneven skin complexion and darkened scars can be helped with a little virgin coconut oil. To be honest, I don't know the scientific basis for why it helps, but I have found from personal experience that it is true. If your skin tone is muddled or if you have some mildly darkened scars, virgin coconut oil applied topically seems to help balance the complexion and lighten the scars much faster than other methods.
Virgin coconut oil also works as a gentle, natural sunblock without all of the potentially harmful chemicals that go into commercial sunblocks. This doesn't mean your skin will be completely shielded against burns or skin cancer if you decide to slather yourself in coconut oil then lay out naked under the sun at high noon (you should never do that, by the way), but it does provide great daily natural coverage against harmful ultraviolet radiation. And although it helps shield against most UV rays, it still allows beneficial rays that are actually good for you to reach your skin, so your body can still synthesize the vitamin D it needs.
Keeping Skin Soft and Moisturized:
Many commercial lotions are filled with chemicals and preservatives that are absorbed into your body whenever you put it on your skin. Although these products may be fulfilling their advertised purpose — moisturizing your skin — they are also filling your body with many unneeded chemicals. This is why it's better to use a natural alternative such as virgin coconut oil, which serves the same purpose, but will not fill your body with unwanted and unnecessary elements.
In fact, I've personally found that over an extended period of time of using virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer, my skin not only always remains soft, some dry patches of eczema have also cleared up, and there is also often a healthy glow to my complexion, even though I am naturally quite pale.
Coconut oil that is refined is a cheaper way of mass-producing the product, which is usually taken through a process of heating, filtering, bleaching, then mixed with other solvents and deodorized. Most of the beneficial properties have been removed from such refined oils, and in fact many of the added elements may actually be bad for you.
Virgin coconut oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores, whereas refined coconut oil is — another reason why it's important to make sure you're using the right one.
An easy way to tell if you're getting virgin coconut oil instead of refined coconut oil is by simply looking at its color, as virgin coconut oil should be a snowy white color that becomes a solid at room temperature. Add it to your diet by cooking with it, or by simply taking a tablespoon per day if you can stomach ingesting it that way. Use it topically by spreading a very thin layer onto your skin. One dab goes a long way, so be sparing in the amount you use. Usually a few drops is enough to cover your entire face.
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