Coconut Oil for Skin

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Coconut oil feeds and heals the skin with vitamin E, omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants. Coconut oil not only heals the skin, but it protects the skin from bacteria, viruses and fungi.

How to use Coconut Oil in your Skin Care Routine

  • Coconut oil for Acne - Coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin and draws the toxins out. Coconut oil acne treatments also reduce acne scars. Read more about our coconut oil acne treatments here.
  • Make-up Removal & Eye Cream – Coconut oil is used in some soap recipes, and gently removes eye makeup. It can even be used to remove waterproof make up, and those stubborn waxy eye shadows too. After removing the make-up, you can apply a little of the oil as an eye cream. Coconut oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and causes the pores to appear smaller.
  • Shaving Cream & After Shave – Very handy as a shaving cream, especially if you have sensitive skin. It smells great, and does not contain all those chemicals that over the counter shaving creams have. It also contains wonderful antimicrobial benefits. A nice thin lather after a shave will lock in moisture and leave the skin soft and smooth.
  • Moisturizer – One of the most common coconut oil benefits, just apply to any dry patches or on dry feet or elbows. The Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids nourish the skin and prevent moisture loss. Apply some oil after a bath or shower; the coconut oil will lock in the moisture.
  • Cuticle Softener – If your cuticles are dry from all the nail removers or chemicals used during dish washing or working, then massage some into your cuticles, this also promotes quicker nail growth
  • Body Scrub – One of the easiest coconut oil recipes: Mix a little of your favorite sugar in your coconut oil for a beautiful body scrub that smells great and has bacterial, viral and fungus fighting power. Coconut oil can help get rid of athlete's foot, killing fungi and deodorizing your feet. Coconut sugar scrub recipes
  • Age Spots – The rich amounts of anti-oxidants in this oil helps prevent age spots. This oil protects against the harmful rays of the sun, this too prevents age spots.
  • Facial Scrub – Mix some coconut oil with a little baking soda, not too much because the baking soda is a little strong for sensitive skin. Baking soda is a great exfoliant; mixed with coconut oil it makes for a beautiful smelling facial scrub.
  • Sun Screen – When using this oil as a sun screen, it acts as an SPF 4 to 7, which will block off the harmful rays, but ultimately works better as a tanning oil. When deciding on the level of sun protection, read more here.
  • Cradle Cap – Massage onto your baby’s head, wait about 5 minutes and then softly rub and rinse off with a warm face cloth or sponge. Using a fine comb could also be useful.
  • Yeast Infection - As a home remedy for Candida or yeast infection, apply a little to the infected area daily. The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties do not disturb the natural flora of the skin. Yeast infection causes
  • Varicose Veins – The oil penetrates into the skin and helps the capillaries heal. Because the burst capillaries show up as spider veins on the skin, the healing of these capillaries reduce the signs of spider veins.
  • Cellulite – Daily use of this oil on cellulite for at least a month, can permanently reduce cellulite. There have been tests done to reduce cellulite with coconut oil and dry brushing
  • Psoriasis - Coconut oil is excellent at healing psoriasis from the inside and outside (internally and topically). Read more about this here. 

One could also use coconut oil capsules to help the skin from the inside out, and coconut oil health benefits extend far past just mere topical use. It helps the body absorb calcium and boosts ones energy levels. Cocount oil can also be used as a daily mouth wash; Coconut oil pulling can rid the body of toxins that cause skin problems. 

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Interesting Facts About the Coconut

Coconut drupe

What is the coconut? Is coconut a fruit or a nut? Is coconut a seed?

The botanical classification: The coconut is a fibrous one seeded drupe. Some scientists refer to the coconut as a water dispersal fruit and seed.

What is a drupe?

Drupe definition: A drupe is a fruit with a hard stony covering. All drupes have three layers: the outer layer, which is called the exocarp, the middle fleshy layer (the mesocarp) and the hard layer that surrounds the seed (the endocarp). The coconuts we buy in the stores have their exocarps removed. (pic of both below)

List of other drupe fruit:

Olives, mango, date, pistachio, almonds, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, and plum.

Why is the Coconut Not a Nut?

The definition of nut - A one seeded fruit. Hence the “nut” in the word coconut. However, a coconut is not a true nut. A true nut does not open at maturity to release its seeds.

A Few Interesting Facts About Coconuts

  • Every part of the coconut tree is used, even the blossoms. The coconut palm tree is often referred to as the “tree of life”. From it many things are derived such as: Coconut water, coconut milk, cream, butter, coconut sugar, cosmetics, flour, alcoholic beverage (palm wine & Coconut vodka), vinegar and a beautiful dark coconut sauce. The shell of the coconut is often used as decoration, to cook food in or as utensils. The husks of the coconut are used for many things, watch the video below. The leaves are used for shelter and are food for elephants. The shells, husks and leaves are often used to make fires. The buds of the palm are edible and referred to as “palm cabbage”. The roots are used as medicine, mouth wash and dye.
  • In world war 2, coconut water was used as a substitute for IV solutions. 
  • The spelling of the word “coconut” was derived from the term coco, which means “head”, “skull” or “grinning face” in Spanish and Portuguese. The top of the coconut shell has three indentations that look a lot like facial features. The coconut was originally called a coco. (picture above)
  • On good soil the coconut will produce 75 fruit per year. They only start producing fruit after 6 to 10 years! And take up to 20 years to reach their full production potential.
  • Harvesting of coconuts in Thailand and Malaysia are often done by training monkeys to pick coconuts. This has been done for over 400 years.
  • When a coconut is not harvested and drops to the ground, it will lay there until it matures. Once this happens a green shoot will appear through the shell of the coconut. The plant feeds itself with the water and meat inside the coconut. Roots will start to appear and will eventually anchor the plant in the soil. Once this happens a brand new coconut tree is born.

Is Coconut Safe for People who Have Nut Allergies?

A few years back the FDA confused everyone by listing coconut as something to avoid if you have tree nut allergies. In 2006 they also had coconut on the list of “tree nuts”. This caused a lot of confusion. You can be allergic to coconut, but it has no relation to tree nut allergies.

Other Pages on natural oils for skin:

Coconut oil for skin

Almond oil for skin

Grapeseed oil for skin

Avocado oil for skin

Lavander oil for skin

Jojoba oil for skin

* Aromatherapy oils

Black seed oil for skin

Castor oil for skin

Olive oil for skin

Argan oil for skin

Tea tree oil for skin

* Vetiver oil for skin

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