When it comes to having healthy skin, there is an entire industry that exists to make money off of questionable practices and products. At any given drug store, there is at least one full aisle containing nothing but creams, soaps, cleansers, and serums for better skin. Skin problems—like acne, dry skin, and wrinkles—happen to nearly everyone at some point, but you don’t need to slather your face with toxic chemicals in order to get positive results. Actually, all you may need is some coconut oil.
Coconut oil can serve many different uses when it comes to natural skin care. While it isn’t right for every skin type, some people can pitch their costly (and potentially damaging) skin creams for this all natural solution.
Cold-pressed organic coconut oil mimics sebum, the skin’s lubrication system. Also, because it’s anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, it helps strengthen your body’s defenses; after all, the skin is the immune system’s first line of defense. It is these same properties that lead to the countless health benefits of coconut oil, including its ability to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria.
Here are 6 ways coconut oil can benefit the skin:
- 1. Wound healing – Because coconut oil has these various protective qualities, it is a good choice to use as a wound-healing solution. It can prevent infection and speed the healing process.
- 2. Eczema – Coconut oil is also effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, or eczema. This skin disorder produces an itchy red rash and sometimes scaly, dry patches.
- 3. Wrinkle-reduction – Because coconut oil helps produce collagen (the connective tissue in the skin) it can help keep your skin looking younger, longer. Apply it around the eyes and to areas where wrinkles are common.
- 4. Make-up removal – Coconut oil makes an excellent eye make-up remover, one that doesn’t contain any unnatural toxins. Simply massage a little around the eyes and wipe clean with a soft tissue.
- 5. Hair conditioner – By using coconut oil on your hair before you shampoo, you won’t be left with any oily residue. The coconut oil still acts to hydrate the hair and is a great option for people with very dry hair.
- 6. Dry patches – Anywhere you would normally use Vaseline, you can use coconut oil. Use it as a treatment for dry heels or elbows, or on hands in the cold, dry winter months.
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Coconut oil has many topical solutions in addition to the common internal ones. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep some of it in the kitchen and some in the bathroom.