Benefits of Coconut Oil for the Skin

by Rhonda Wylie on May 28, 2012

Coconut OilIn continuing with a look at the many benefits of coconut oil, I wanted to find out more about how it can be beneficial for the skin. As I mentioned in the introduction post in this series, I started researching the benefits of coconut oil because I was first curious about whether it could help my own dry skin; and then, of course, I started wondering about all the other possible benefits of coconut oil.

In keeping with the spirit of research, I rubbed extra-virgin coconut oil all over my body, after my shower.  I used the extra-virgin simply because that is what I had on hand in my pantry. Usually with my regular lotions, after a couple of hours, I feel like I have not even used any lotion. To my surprise, after about 11 hours after applying the coconut oil, my skin still felt very moist. I also applied it to my face and it seemed to have a nice glow to it all day. I did however wipe off some excess.   The next day my husband was holding my hand and he noticed that my hands were extra soft. He now wants to try the coconut oil on his rough, dry, cracking feet. I will let you know how that goes. Of course, one day is not enough evidence to convince me that it really works better than my usual store-bought products, but it’s enough to keep me trying it to see how it works long-term.

Now that you have read about my little experiment with the coconut oil, you might be asking, “Okay, why should I try coconut oil for my skin?”  Well, apparently there are several benefits for your skin, when using coconut oil.  It is reported to be effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin infections, acne, and dry skin. There are also claims that coconut oil helps prevent premature aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  According to one article, coconut oil can be used as a sunblock because of its ability to “protect your skin from the free radicals that can cause skin cancer, and coconut oil doesn’t come with some of the extra chemicals most other sun blocks do” (Croswell, 2010). However, I am not advocating for anyone to rely solely on coconut oil for sun protection, as this would not be as effective as the many excellent sun blocks that are available on the market, which are solely designed for sun protection. For more information on sun blocks and how they work, check out: http://cleaningouttheclutter.com/2012/05/preventing-skin-cancer-sunscreen-rules-and-tips/.

In conclusion, I have searched the Internet for reviews on using the coconut oil as a moisturizer, since this is the area I am most interested in. I have read both pros and cons. Some people have reported breakouts, while others say it’s the best moisturizer they’ve ever owned. Out of the 50 or so reviews I read, I would say that most of the reviews were very positive, in favor of using coconut oil. If you have sensitive skin, I would definitely go with an organic brand, if you decide to try it. Otherwise, if you do not have sensitive skin, what is it going to hurt to try it?  I would love to hear from you, if you are using coconut oil as a skin moisturizer or to treat other skin conditions. Let me know how it works, whether you have a positive or negative experience with it. As for me, I am going to continue using it all over, for at least a few weeks, before deciding whether to ditch my expensive moisturizers and rely solely on the coconut oil.

Try this Homemade Almond Coconut Oil Moisturizer for a fragrant, healthy, and inexpensive moisturizer.

 

References:

Croswell, J. (2010). Skin Care. Retrieved May 25, 2012 from:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/74508-use-coconut- oil-skin/

Organic Facts. (2012). Health Benefits of Coconut Oil: Skin Care. Retrieved May 25, 2012 from:
http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

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Written by Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda is a self-taught entrepreneur, blogger, and aspiring freelance writer, who is always eager to take on new challenges. She is on a self-improvement mission of cleaning out the negative clutter of her own life so she can become a happier, healthier, and more productive individual. Her hope is to inspire each person to eliminate the negative clutter that’s weighing them down, so we can all live our best life EVER!

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