With so many different beauty products to choose from these days, it can be hard to know which one to choose. A good place to start is to decide what you want your skincare product to do and what your skin needs. If your skin is very dry, you want to use a nourishing product that will lock in moisture and hydrate your skin.
If your skin is sensitive to most skincare products, opt for ingredients derived from natural sources such as coconut oils. Avoid products with any additives such as perfumes or dyes, which tend to irritate sensitive skin.
Coconut oil is commonly used to moisturize dehydrated skin because it isn’t irritating to most skin types, and it is easily absorbed. It can even be used on your hair as a deep conditioner.
The Many Benefits of Using Coconut Oil
Coconut oils offer many benefits and are a natural, chemical-free way to care for your skin.
Using coconut oil on your skin:
• Moisturizes dry skin
• Alleviates eczema and rosacea symptoms
• Speeds up the recovery time from wounds
• Is a possible treatment for certain cases of chronic skin inflammation
Coconut oil is also:
• An antibacterial
• An antifungal
• And has antiviral properties
Many promising studies conclude that coconut oil and is an effective treatment for various skin rashes and may even help your skin to become more resilient against contaminants in our environment.
Different Types of Coconut Oil and How They’re Made
Virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil are the two main types of coconut oil. The difference between the two is primarily the way they are made. Virgin coconut oil may contain more antioxidants since it is made from fresh coconuts.
Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat. It may contain “extra” ingredients such as bleach and chemical solvents, so be sure to check the label if you want a more natural option.
Cold-pressed coconut oil tends to retain more of its natural nutrients since heat is not used in the extraction step. Expeller-pressed coconut oil was made by using heat or steam. If you want healthy and nutrient-rich coconut oil, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is your best bet since it has been processed the least.
Many moisturizers contain coconut oil, but you can also make your own quite easily.
Here’s a simple recipe for luxurious whipped coconut oil:
• 16 ounces of coconut oil
• 10-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
Just throw the coconut oil into your mixer and whip, add your essential oils if you want and then mix until incorporated.
You can store your coconut oil moisturizer in a glass jar or other container and apply it to dry skin when needed. It’s very simple yet effective.
There’s something very nourishing about using coconut oil on your skin. It feels good to use something so close to nature to remedy skin that needs a little TLC.