Why Use Coconut Oil For the Face?
Coconut oil has numerous benefits and ingredients that are proactive when used topically. The skin can naturally absorb these benefits and a healthy glowing look results from using coconut oils as a mask, cleanser or moisturizer.
Coconut oil has been used to condition hair, as a massage oil, a treatment to delay wrinkles, to help dermatitis and eczema, it has been used to aid in digestion, help protect against heart disease and cancer, help the immune system and aids in weight loss by boosting the metabolism.
It has been known for a long time that eating coconut oil has healthy properties, too! Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. The presence of Lauric Acid in coconut oil is used by the body. The body coverts the Lauric Acid in into monolaurin which helps the body's defenses deal with bacteria and fungus. Essential saturated fats in coconut oil help a skin to retain its moisture. Also, coconut oil is loaded with vitamin E. Vitamin helps the skin to repair itself from damage. Vitamin E helps keep wrinkles at bay, it keeps the skin smooth, it protects the skin from cracking and hence, aging.
Coconut oil also has high stability. That means it does not go rancid quickly. This is ideal when preparing a skin cream, lotion, cleanser or mask since the preparation will remain fresh and stable longer than other natural skin treatments that are made without coconut oil.
Why Researchers Suggest Coconut Oil
The American Contact Dermatitis Society and the Coconut Research Center have compiled evidence on using coconut oil for the skin. The American Contact Dermatitis Society also states that virgin coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This makes coconut oil an effective treatment against, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and a plethora of other skin ailments.
Because the coconut oils is natural there are no added harsh chemicals to irritate the skin. The skin care treatments listed below will keep your skin smooth, soft, silky, and help reduce age spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
You will want to test a dab of coconut oil and the treatments on your skin before use. Take a small amount of the coconut oil and/or its mixture and rub on the center of the palm until it is melted. Rub a tiny amount on an area of skin near the face that can be readily seen. If you experience redness, itching or general discomfort do not use the product.
Take note: because coconut oil has antibacterial properties, the treatments for the skin will draw out impurities. At first, a few pimples may occur, but these will go away as the coconut oil works its magic on skin over time.
The 5 Step Cleanser
You will need:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoon castor oil
Mix the coconut oil and castor oil together. If necessary melt coconut oil over low heat and mix with castor oil. Pour into a small glass jar and refrigerate until set.
Moisten washcloth and face with warm water. Pat face dry.
Take a small amount of the coconut oil and castor oil skin cleanser and melt in palm of hand. Apply liberally to face. Let it sit on face.
Place the warm wash cloth over face and let heat of warm cloth work with coconut oil cleanser. Leave cloth on face for 5 minutes.
Rinse wash cloth again in warm water. use the cloth to remove the coconut oil cleanser by wiping cloth in small circular motions. Rinse cloth as necessary and repeat until cleanser is removed. Pat skin dry with a clean towel.
Coconut Oil Mask
You will need:
1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Mash the avocado in a glass bowl. Add the honey, lemon juice and the coconut oil. Mix well. Honey also has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it great for acne. Lemon is an anti-inflammatory as well.
Apply the mask to your face. Let it sit for approximately 45 minutes. It will not dry completely.
Use a warm wash cloth to remove the mask. Rinse wash cloth as necessary and remove mask in small circular motions to help remove dead skin cells.
Rinse face with warm water. Pat face dry.
Use a small amount of coconut oil to apply as a moisturizer after removing the mask.
When purchasing coconut oil to use for the skin or to cook with, always buy the highest quality. Look for organic, raw, virgin expeller pressed coconut oil.
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Ask a doc on February 05, 2014:
Coconut oil is nice topically, but for the benefit of anyone reading, that does not translate to eating it being healthy. Coconut oil has lots of fats and a gastroenterologist will tell you to skip Coconut for canola. Personally I prefer jojoba or olive oil.
Shadaan Alam from India on April 14, 2013:
liked this hub as it has some really interesting and useful info
Corey (author) from Northfield, MA on May 15, 2012:
I was diagnosed with melanoma last year and had surgery. I am cancer free and now regularly use natural and organic skin therapy. I have thrown away all of my commercial products that contain unwanted chemicals and irritants. My skin looks great. Hope you enjoy these.
Anne from Spain on May 15, 2012:
Really liked this hub and will try some of the treatments. Thanks. Voted up and following.