Lovely Coconut Oil, it has a real affinity with our skin.
There are a number of really useful benefits that come with using coconut oil on our skin:
- It contains 7 times more polyphenols than regular coconut oil, in the form of Ferulic Acid and P-coumaric
- P-courmaric is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
- Ferulic Acid has great antioxidant properties; it is far more powerful than vitamin E. It also helps to reduce age spots and reduce inflammation in the epidermis
The type used in skincare can be divided into two categories:
- Virgin Oil
- Refined, deodorised and bleached
What sets these two oils apart, is how much processing has been involved during extraction.
True Virgin Coconut Oil has many benefits; this is the oil that is found in its most natural form, which is taken from the flesh of the coconut, or the meat as it is often referred to; this meat is then wet milled and dry pressed.
This gentle form of extraction means that all of the important natural phyto chemicals remain intact.
No method of artificial filtering or expeller pressing is used, so the oil retains its lovely rich smell and sweet taste.
POOR MANUFACTURING PRACTICES
Sadly there are many unscrupulous manufacturers, who sell the refined oil as Virgin Coconut Oil just to make a quick buck.
They use the cheapest refined coconut oil possible, and run it through the centrifuge machine which cleans up the oil, enabling them to falsely sell it as Virgin Coconut Oil.
Centrifuge extraction literally strips the oils of its smell and flavour, creating thick oil that is rich in trans fats, it is a redundant oil, that has no valuable properties.
Unlike Virgin Coconut Oil, it is not readily absorbed into the skin and can potentially clog pores.
My advice is buyer beware, you have to become a true label detective before purchasing this ingredient!
THE NAKED TRUTH
So how do you recognize Virgin Coconut Oil?
A big give away is the smell, basically ‘true’ oil, will retain its lovely fragrance for many months.
You can test to see whether you have a good quality virgin coconut oil, because it will readily melt upon contact with the skin.
If it remains solid, then you know you have thick inferior oil.