When you eat coconut oil as food, it benefits your health. But when you apply coconut oil topically, it benefits your skin.
The way coconut oil benefits your skin is pretty different from any other oils that you may have used before because unlike those oils for skin care that contain mostly long-chain fatty acids and unsaturated fats, coconut oil carries essentially saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids which are good at stopping free-radical reactions and fighting germs that attack your skin respectively.
On top of those benefits, the same medium-chain fatty acids can effortlessly penetrate your skin and hence, provide your skin cells with a quick boost of energy to help them expel toxins that always never fail to hamper the normal functioning of cells. Thanks to the relatively smaller size of medium-chain fatty acids. They do not require insulin to enter cells. That’s why some people may experience a breakout when they use coconut oil on their skin, which is actually a good detox reaction from using coconut oil externally.
Let’s take a closer look at how coconut oil benefits your skin in these 3 ways:
1. Keep Skin Hydrated
When your skin appears dry and flaky, it means your skin is badly dehydrated. Drinking more water is one good way to hydrate your skin. But the problem is, your skin can easily lose water to the environment especially during hot weather. You need to create a barrier against water loss. And putting a layer of coconut oil does just that.
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil provide energy to fuel your skin cells not only to help expel toxins (as mentioned earlier), but also to improve the efficiency of water absorption so as to keep the cells hydrated for a longer period. This in a way, helps to “lock in” water for your skin cells.
In fact, coconut oil also contains some long-chain fatty acids, which are less penetrating. And so, they stay put on the skin longer to help create a barrier against water loss before they are absorbed into the bloodstream (they do not go right into the cells because they’re larger in size).
2. Protect from UV
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun encourages free radical reactions. When free radical activities increase, the connective fibers that hold your skin tissues will break and collapse. When this happens, your skin will become dry, parched, saggy and creased.
The predominant saturated fats in coconut oil help to stop free-radical reactions. Which is why one of its greatest benefits for skin is you can use it as a sunblock.
3. Calm Skin Oil
We all are afraid of having too much skin oil produced on our skin because it not only makes us look greasy, but it can also trigger acne.
Our skin oil actually contains certain amount of medium-chain fatty acids that are similar to those in coconut oil. But coconut oil contains even more of these medium-chain fatty acids. That’s why when you smear coconut oil on your skin regularly, you’ll realize that your skin oil begins to produce much lesser than before. This is due to the automatic regulation of skin oil production by our skin.
You can keep your skin oil production even better in control when you consume coconut oil daily since coconut oil can help improve your liver function, which includes regulating your skin oil production from the internals. This makes coconut oil super good for acne.
Last but not least, the advantages of coconut oil on skin do not end here. If you happen to have some skin problems, I strongly encourage you to try coconut oil. You might be surprised to discover few other skin benefits of coconut oil on your own that no one has ever told you about.