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Skin Deep Benefits of Coconut Oil

Posted by Tintin Sealey

Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, essential amino acids, and lauric and caprylic acid which help to form part of the barrier function of your skin and help maintain your skin's natural flora. Coconut oil is mostly composed of saturated fats, which are amazing at repairing your skin's natural barrier function (yes saturated fats can actually be a good thing!) and it also helps to keep the moisture in your skin by slowing down evaporation. pexels-photo-2669718   Here are just a few of the many reasons and ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your skin care!

  • Soft Skin 
Coconut oil can be an intense moisturiser, which is exactly what we want for soft skin. Just apply a generous amount wherever you wish, rub it in and bathe in the luxury. 

  • Anti-inflammatory properties 
If you find that your skin is inflamed from a burn, rash, or anything of such, you can apply coconut oil to the area as an all natural topical treatment. This doesn’t just make your skin appear healthier, it will improve the overall health of your skin too!

  • Anti-bacterial benefits 
The fatty acids found in coconut oil, especially Lauric have been found to help block out the  growth of pathogens that will eventually flourish into bacteria, causing acne and blemishes.

  • Minimises lines and wrinkles
Coconut oil can be used to fight the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and can also help to ward off some of the future signs of aging. By moisturising your skin, it will already begin to appear and feel softer. As well as this it will actually help your skin to rejuvenate and repair, something that becomes increasingly more difficult with age. This is all due to coconut being proven to increase collagen production meaning our skin appears more youthful.

  • Helps Minimise Stretch marks 
All though stretch marks are completely harmless, and frankly quite beautiful, if you choose to, by applying coconut oil as you would any regular moisturiser you can help minimise the appearance of stretch marks. Bonus tip, if you’re pregnant, apply coconut oil to your belly as the baby grows to lower the chance of intense stretch marks after birth.