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Is Coconut Oil Actually Good For Your Skin?

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Is Coconut Oil Actually Good For Your Skin?

Written By:

Karen Young Chester

Coconut oil has been a staple ingredient in many skin care and beauty routines for years, and for good reason: It is a natural moisturizer, offers antibacterial properties and can help protect the skin from environmental damage that accelerates the signs of aging. A versatile fat packed with skin-loving properties, it can work wonders on a dry and flaky complexion. Although its raw form can be comedogenic and clog pores, coconut oil used for skin care is formulated to be beneficial to the skin. Read on for the three ways coconut oil helps the complexion and could be the perfect ingredient for your daily skin care routine.

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3 Benefits Of Coconut For The Skin

1. Coconut Oil Kills Bacteria

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. These fatty acids, especially lauric, have major anti-viral and antimicrobial properties that can kill off harmful bacteria and are beneficial for acne-prone skin. It should be noted that although coconut oil possesses antibacterial properties, it should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical treatment for bacterial infections.

2. Coconut Oil Provides Antioxidants

Rich in antioxidants like Vitamin E, coconut oil can delay the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant known to protect skin cells from damage caused by environmental stressors, such as UV rays. Coconut oil is also rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants commonly found in plant-based foods. Polyphenols are known for their ability to reduce inflammation and protect against cellular damage. By incorporating coconut oil into your skin care routine, you may be able to protect your skin from premature aging and preserve a healthy, youthful complexion.

3. Coconut Oil Replenishes Moisture

Coconut oil has emollient properties that replenish moisture, soothe the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier to lock in moisture. As dermatologist Jane Wu explains, coconut oil may reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL), the process of water evaporating from your skin and causing a dry, flaky complexion. If you tend to have dry skin, coconut oil could help you reduce the amount of moisture lost by the skin.

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Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer

With the many incredible benefits of coconut oil, it’s not a surprise that one of our best-selling and award-winning products, the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, uses coconut oil as one of its key ingredients. As well as relieving dry skin, the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer also provides the skin with a tightened and lifted appearance due to a Natural Retinol Alternative Complex. In addition, this moisturizer is formulated with both coconut oil and coconut water to hydrate and defend the skin from visible signs of aging. You can use this moisturizer both day and night, but an evening application may be especially beneficial.  While you sleep, your skin is able to repair the damage done during the daytime hours. This moisturizer supports your skin’s natural repair process, protecting your skin from TEWL overnight.

Coconut Cream Masque

Enrich and plump the appearance of the skin with the Coconut Cream Masque. Coconut oil is combined with coconut water and shea butter to promote the look of elasticity, revitalize the skin’s appearance and replenish the skin’s moisture. This formula also contains a Biocomplex2™, a booster of antioxidants that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves the appearance of the skin.

Coconut Sugar Scrub

Return moisture to the skin across your body with the Coconut Sugar Scrub. With coconut oil and natural sugar cane, the skin is effectively exfoliated and returned to a soft and silky appearance. You can apply the scrub to damp skin along your legs, arms, elbows and any part of the body that needs exfoliation and rejuvenation. 

Coconut Milk Cleanser

The Coconut Milk Cleanser has a creamy texture that helps keep the skin hydrated and soft. This gentle cleanser won’t dry the skin as it contains coconut milk, coconut oil and calendula oil to moisturize and soften the look of the skin. You’ll also notice a look of radiance and vitality restored to youthful-looking skin thanks to the inclusion of Biocomplex2™.

Interested in experiencing this rejuvenating ingredient? Discover coconut products at your nearest authorized Eminence Organics spa.

This article was originally written in October 2017.

Updated By

Thea Christie

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