Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with coconut oil. You know how it’s so tempting to try new beauty products and experiment with the latest trends? I’m guilty of that, but was recently reminded about using coconut oil on my skin, and now, I’m in love again.
The benefits of coconut oil on hair are pretty straightforward, but after using coconut oil on my face before bed the last several nights, I started seeing some nice results.
For starters, coconut oil is packed with vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric and caprylic acids. Typically, we think of “acid” as a bad thing, but the acids in coconut oil are very good for us – both internally and externally – but be sure to use organic, unrefined coconut oil.
Lauric, capric and caprylic acids are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) and make up slightly more than half of coconut oil’s natural goodness. These MCFAs give coconut oil its antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. When we ingest coconut oil, our body benefits too. There is some evidence that lauric acid can help lower bad cholesterol and increase the “good” cholesterol. Also, because coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, our liver processes it immediately and converts into energy instead of storing it as fat.
I know some people who eat a tablespoon of coconut oil a day. I personally find that difficult to do, so I like to add a little to my morning coffee. That may sound weird, but it gives a nice richness and creaminess along with a small boost of health benefits.
Because coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial it can fight bacteria accumulation on our skin. This is a big deal if you’re like me and prone to breakouts. Trapped oil under your skin and bacteria are not a good combo.
I find that exfoliating regularly and then slathering a thin layer of coconut oil on my face before I go to bed are causing dark spots to be less noticeable and seem to be keeping new breakouts at bay.
What are some ways you like to use coconut oil? You can post your ideas in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: As you know, I am not a medical doctor, so before you make any dietary changes, please seek advice from your healthcare provider.