Coconut Oil And Skin Care

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Most of us are already familiar with the health benefits of coconut oil especially when it comes to cholesterol levels, weight loss, immunity and even heart disease. For that reason, this article will not focus on benefits of coconut oil inside the body. Instead, we will talk about the health benefits of this oil on the skin, how it works and a couple of tips that have proven to be very effective in achieving flawless skin.

So, how does coconut oil work and why is it a better replacement to other cosmetic products? In order to fully understand this we need to study how basic creams and lotions work. For starters, most creams and lotions are mainly comprised of water. When they are applied onto dry skin their moisture is quickly absorbed and enters the skin causing the tissues to expand. This causes the wrinkles to fade and skin actually feels smoother. Besides water, most creams and lotions always contain highly refined oils that lack natural protective antioxidants. These antioxidants are very important especially when it comes to keeping skin smooth and healthy.

How do antioxidants work? The skin is comprised of connective tissue that gives it elasticity. The younger we are the smoother and more elastic our skin is. This is largely because the connective fibers in our skin are strong. As we continue to age, the fibers are continually subjected to attacks by free radicals which inadvertently break them down. This causes skin to sag. This is where coconut oil comes in. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that help in combating free radicals that attack the connective fibers in the skin since it has not been stripped of any of its natural components via refining.

Now that we know how coconut oil helps to keep skin smooth and healthy, what are some of the tips that we should follow to ensure we acquire smooth and flawless skin?

The first and probably the most important tip when it comes to coconut oil application is never use coconut oil that has been refined since it has lost all its antioxidants that are very useful in fighting free radicals in the body. A very good example of unrefined coconut oil is the virgin coconut oil.

Secondly, when it comes to the application, ensure that you rub just a small amount of coconut oil on your elbow to test for any allergic reactions. Coconut oil is hypoallergenic which means it has a low allergy risk. If after 24 hours nothing has happened, then you can use the oil knowing that coconut oil is friendly to your skin.

The last tip that should not be taken lightly is that coconut oil contains very powerful anti-toxin and anti-microbial properties that purge out toxins that have accumulated under the skin. Once you start using coconut oil, there is a possibility that this detoxifying process may trigger a break out on your skin. When this happens, do not stop using the coconut oil since this is all part of how it works to heal the skin. If you can manage to persevere through this daunting and challenging phase then you will be rewarded with the skin tone that you have been yearning for.

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