Searching for a skincare product that actually works can feel like searching for the Holy Grail, or in other words, something so hard to find that you start questioning its existence after a while. And the reason for this is that the beauty industry advertises new miracle ingredients and formulations every day that are meant to be somehow better than the other.
In my early twenties I might have been naïve enough to try everything skincare companies shoved down my throat, costing me lots of money and lots of nerves once realizing nothing works. But now I’m older and wiser, and perhaps with a few grey hairs, but I still managed to retain my skin’s youthful glow and elasticity. How, you ask? Quite simple – I went totally nuts for coconut oil.
Looking for something to hydrate and nourish my skin, I came to realize that most artificial products just produce the outcome of a dried out and dull complexion. Just check the label on any artificial skincare product and you’d notice a long list of chemicals which you have no way of knowing how they will affect your skin. On the other hand, there’s no denying that natural products contain zero chemicals and are far healthier with little to no side-effects. In my case, raw and unprocessed coconut oil turned out to be the perfect option.
Just a tiny drop of coconut oil body moisturizer is packed with vitamin E, proteins, and lauric, capric and caprylic acids which are known for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Nice! The fact that it’s loaded with saturated fats, makes coconut oil body moisturizer great for repairing the skin’s natural barrier and retaining moisture. It works so well because it penetrates deep and hydrates the skin from within, as opposed to man-made moisturisers which remain on the surface, clogging up pores and trapping dirt.
If you have sensitive skin prone to irritation, coconut oil might be a great way to soothe it. A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology has found that coconut oil can improve the barrier function of skin affected with atopic dermatitis. Plus, it’s natural anti-bacterial properties may help kill off any surface bacteria that might cause irritations. If you suffer from dermatitis or have patches of dry skin, try mixing some coconut oil with oats and applying it to the affected area. This is an amazing solution for when you need instant relief.
Besides being a great moisturizer, coconut oil can be a natural alternative for many skincare products such face creams, hair conditioners, and make up removers. So, next time before you spend your hard-earned money on a cabinet-full of products that don’t work, consider coconut as an affordable and multi-purpose solution.