Sometimes it’s the simple things that are overlooked. Coconut Oil has been used for hundreds, probably thousands of years by people native to certain regions to nourish skin and keep it young and vibrant. Today it’s hot and everyone is excited about it.
The media, beauty blogs, and scientists have been extolling the virtues of coconut oil for the past year. It’s actually been a go-to remedy since ancient times, particularly in Southeast Asian cultures where the tree grows rampant in tropical climates. We certainly weren’t the first to realize the potential of the coconut palm tree. You’ve probably read some of the different ways you can use it: on your skin, your hair, in your cooking, as an oil puller. Here are some of the most convincing reasons why we use coconut oil based moisturizers on our skin:
- Naturally anti-bacterial
- Kills yeast and fungi
- Extremely effective moisturizer
- Fights free radicals
Look for moisturizers in your local pharmacy or online that use coconut oil as an active ingredient to start healing your skin instead of just treating symptoms such as dryness and acne. And if it wasn’t cool enough on its own already, coconut oil can be twice as effective when used in products with other ingredients. For example, for skin with conditions like eczema, a treatment containing coconut oil as well as tea tree or eucalyptus would be fantastic.
Researchers for cosmetic and beauty companies have begun (brilliantly) to use it in a bunch of ingenious ways. Keep an eye out next time you’re looking to buy replace a used-up skin care product. Coconut oil has infused itself into products you likely use regularly:
- Sugar scrub + coconut oil = moisturizing and exfoliating
- Essential oils + coconut oil = mood and energy level boosting as well as moisturizing
- Makeup + coconut oil = look gorgeous and treat your skin nicely
- Shaving cream + coconut oil = razor burn free skin that’s soft and smooth
- Sunscreen + coconut oil = skin protecting and improving