everything from clearing up acne to slow skin cell aging.
comes to beauty benefits, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more power-packed
option than virgin coconut oil (VCO). That’s because the coconut’s unique
chemical compounds allow it to quell a whole slew of skin issues.
Moisture: Virgin coconut oil
contains the same fatty acids as those in skin. In studies, it’s been
found to be
super compatible with our skin barrier, helping to prevent moisture
loss and “fold” down rough patches. That means softer, smoother skin with
no sticky film.
Acne: Coconuts have
antiseptic properties that work wonders for acne and dermatitis—it’s proven.
Monolaurin, a derivative of the coconut’s Lauric Acid, removes bacteria without
stripping away skin’s moisture—so you can clear the infection without the
dryness and discomfort of traditional alcohol-based antibacterial agents.
Monolaurin gel also acts as a mattifier under or on top of makeup.
Anti-Aging: By replacing skin
cells’ fatty acids with its more stable ones, coconut oil balances the
saturated-to-unsaturated ratio of fatty acids in the skin. This means that the
skin is able to more effectively heal and repair damage from aging and exposure
to the sun and other environmental factors. In studies, it’s even been
shown stimulate collagen production! Coconuts are also packed with growth
factors, such as kinetin, a plant hormone that promotes cell division and slows
skin cell aging. What does this all mean in plain English? This oil helps keep
your complexion healthy and looking young.
Conditioning: Due to its highly
moisturizing, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, coconut oil is a great
deep conditioner, lip balm, cuticle oil and shaving oil (much better than those
chemical-packed shave creams). Treat your hair to a deep-conditioning oil mask
for super shiny and soft strands.
Anti-Inflammatory: Since VCO is a
saturated oil, it allows the skin to form more anti-inflammatory cell hormones,
which (as the name implies) reduces inflammation. Why is this important? Well,
inflammation is one of the biggest causes of aging. Pass the coconut oil,