Perhaps one of the most glorified supermarket beauty solutions, coconut oil has become both a pantry and bathroom staple for many. However, with studies arguing the oil's health benefits when consumed orally,1 you may be left reconsidering the elixir's topical effectiveness, too. But you shouldn't rush to throw away your favourite jar just yet. The truth is: Coconut oil is good for your skin because of its natural antibacterial and moisture-retention properties, but it may increase breakouts in acne-prone skin. So regardless of its nutritional content, whether coconut oil is the all-natural solution to soothe your dry skin or not is entirely based on your dermis.
We probably don't have to tell you coconut oil, which contains lauric acid, is the oil that is derived from coconuts—that much is obvious. But it's the components that make up coconut oil that are important to point out here. The lauric acid found in coconut oil can have antimicrobial properties, which can help kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation. Additionally, coconut oil contains high levels of linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, which can be used as an emollient and skin soother.
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Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin
Plumps the skin
Coconut oil is a wonderful all-natural ‘anti-aging’ moisturiser when applied topically and is one of the cheaper oils. However be mindful it’s not best to use on its own if you have acne prone or super dry skin.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines
When absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, coconut oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple.
Smoothes the skin
In skincare products, coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which helps retain the moisture content of your skin while helping it look and feel silky smooth.
Locks in moisture
Extra virgin coconut oil was found to significantly reduce levels of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and increase skin surface lipid levels.
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