The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Your Skin

Did you know that coconut oil is completely natural and provides a wide range of uses for your skin? Coconut oil works wonders in and out of the kitchen. Aside from the sweet smell and taste, this tropical treasure has benefits for your face. The natural properties in coconut oil work to repair, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin, keeping it healthy.

Coconut Oil Moisturizes The Skin

You may want to consider replacing the creams and lotions in your current skincare regime for coconut oil. Coconut oil melts on the skin instantly after applying, seeping deep into your pores, proving to be a thorough moisturizer. To use measure ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil on your palms, rub together and apply it on your face gently massaging the oil in. The oil absorbs within 5-10 minutes, then wipe away any excess with a soft cotton towel. You will notice coconut oil will not leave any kind of residue. Furthermore, use coconut oil as a night cream to repair and hydrate skin while you sleep.

Coconut Oil Is A Natural Makeup Remover

Coconut oil helps to remove stubborn and cakey makeup from sensitive areas of the face, especially around the eyes without irritation from other products containing harsh chemicals. To use, gently rub a small amount of coconut oil onto your eyelids and let it soak. Within a few minutes, the oil will dissolve all eye makeup including clumping waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Remove makeup by gently dabbing your eyes with a cotton pad or warm washcloth. In addition, you’ll notice smoother skin from the extra hydration to the sensitive area.

Coconut Oil Deep Cleanses

Each day you expose your face to an average of 168 chemicals hiding in makeup, air pollution, and dust. These harmful toxins seep into skin’s pores causing clogging. To remove these unhealthy toxins, deep cleanse your face weekly by using coconut oil as a thorough cleanser. The silky texture of coconut oil penetrates deep into hair follicles effectively removing toxins and revealing illuminating skin.

Coconut Oil Can Reduce Acne

Coconut oil acts as an antibacterial shield, thus protecting skin from acne-causing pathogens. This natural wonder contains 85% lauric acid, an antibacterial agent. Coconut oil is an ideal facial cleanser providing both antibacterial and moisturizer, the serum can help banishing acne-causing bacteria, while hydrating skin. For oily prone skin, use sparingly as breakouts may occur during initial use.

Coconut Oil Protect from The Sun

Did you know Coconut oil has an SPF of 4? It offers mild protection against solar radiation. In addition, the antioxidant properties in coconut oil help reduce the damaging effects of UV rays on your skin. Applying coconut oil immediately following sun exposure can help reduce sun damage. Furthermore, coconut oil offers a soothing effect on sunburned skin by reducing inflammation and pain. To protect your skin combine coconut oil with a sunscreen to create a perfect daytime moisturizer.

Coconut Oil For Anti-Aging

During the aging process collagen, a structural protein in the inner layers of the skin that help keep skin’s elasticity, begin to breakdown. This natural process is also affected by environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution, and smoking. Restoring collagen is necessary to keep the skin smooth and wrinkle free. Luckily, coconut oil can penetrate deep into the skin, allowing triglycerides to attract protein molecules. A thin layer of coconut oil acts as a physical barrier to dust and other environmental pollutants that cause premature aging. Using coconut oil can help repair the collagen layer, and hydrate the skin, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition, you can use coconut oil to exfoliate. Add coconut oil to other exfoliating ingredients like salts and sugars to best remove excess dead skin cells and unclog pores. Coconut oil exfoliates helping to even out pigment color, seal pores, and soften the texture, without irritating skin.

Caring For Your Skin

Using even a small amount of coconut oil daily can greatly improve your skin’s feel and appearance. Consider replacing one of your skincare products with coconut oil today. To learn more about your skin’s health contact Short Hills Dermatology today.

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