Need an all in one beauty product for your skin? Coconut oil has you covered.
And how about your hair? Yep, that too.
And that space just between the toes? It’ll fix that.
This deeply moisturising, all-natural, straight-from-the-earth, oil of the moment, comes pretty close to a miracle cure in a jar.
So join us, for a little investigative journalism, to see if it really lives up to its multitasking status.
The Beautiful Benefits
Coconut oil, it looks solid but melts immediately into a fast-absorbing fluid, which your skin just soaks up, sans residue – it’s powerfully protective, antioxidant-rich, and extremely hydrating.
The molecular structure is so small, all those lovely saturated fatty acids absorb quickly and efficiently, transporting important nutrients to the cells, giving it a soft, smooth, non-greasy texture.
It is fabulously rich in antioxidants, prevents destructive free-radical activity, the primary cause of ageing, and can possibly lessen the blemishes caused by photo-ageing.
It’s also really great to slather on your hair, allowing for easy penetration into the follicles for extreme moisturisiation…..hallelujah!
Anti-ageing properties: Coconut oil offers a ton of wonderful polyphenols like ferulic acid, a really effective antioxidant, thought to be more powerful than Vitamin E. It also contains caffeic acid another great antioxidant, so it will ward off premature ageing for many years to come.
Skin softening and anti-inflammatory: Virgin coconut oil contains 7 times more polyphenols than the regular oil, in the form of ferulic acid and p-coumaric. Both of these are calming and soothing, relieving wind-chapped and sunburned skin – literally taking the fire out the itch.
Antiviral and anti-bacterial: Virgin coconut oil possesses an unusually high percentage of lauric acid around 50%, which gives the oil its interesting anti-viral properties – so it’s a great ingredient for treating cold sores, herpes, boils, acne, and even warts.
Avoid if you are Oily or Combination
Here’s the bad news – it’s not only considered comedogenic but also acnegenic as well, this means not only can it clog pores, but it can make acne breakouts worse.
So this isn’t the best choice if you have oily-combination skin or suffer from breakouts and associated inflammation.
There are Two Kinds Used in Skincare
- Virgin Oil
- Refined, deodorised and bleached
What sets the two apart is how much processing is involved during extraction. True Virgin Coconut oil is found in its most natural form and is taken from the flesh of the coconut, or 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 phytochemicals remain intact, no method of artificial filtering or expeller pressing is used, so the oil retains its lovely rich smell and sweet taste.
Sadly there are many unscrupulous manufacturers, who sell the refined oil like virgin coconut oil just to make a quick buck, they use the cheapest refined 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 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 the virgin oil it is not readily absorbed into the skin and can potentially clog pores.
So how do you recognise 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.
The naked truth
So whichever type you fancy just keep it unrefined and organic please. Aside from that feel free to apply it liberally, all over—seriously, wherever—whenever, if you want the most god damn, gorgeous glow-ification around, seriously, you will be the talk of the town.