Many people are getting to know about the benefits of coconut oil on skin. But few people ever know that why coconut oil is particularly good for skin. Here’s why…
Coconut oil is not only good for strengthening your immunity against heart disease and other degenerative illnesses, but is also beneficial to your skin. Let me explain.
We have connective tissue that consists of strong fibers to firmly support all body tissues, including the skin.
However, when we inadvertently introduce free radicals into our body through the highly processed food we eat, the polluted air we breathe in, the contaminated water we drink and the modern environment we live in, these connective fibers suffer.
To make matters worse, exposing our skin to UV radiation from the sun can stimulate more harmful free radical activities. Free radicals will constantly attack and tear down the connective fibers. If our body does not repair the fibers in time, our skin will begin to sag, crease and wrinkle.
Young body tends to repair tissues relatively faster, which is the reason why youngsters have softer and smoother skin even when they’re continually attacked by free radicals. That means, as we age, repairing of tissues becomes slower and less efficient.
The only way to safeguard and keep our skin smooth and wrinkle-free is to fight free radicals with antioxidants. And coconut oil is an effective antioxidant by itself. It can stop free radical formation and greatly reduce free radical activities. Such antioxidative property alone proves that coconut oil is good for skin care.
Another good thing about coconut oil on skin care is that it helps to remove dead cells on the outer surface of our skin, making our skin smoother and enabling it to reflect light more evenly. This is particularly good for us because aging effect can slow the removal of dead cells, rendering our skin dry and rough.
On top of that, coconut oil contains high amount of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that possess antimicrobial properties.
Our skin is home to bad as well as good germs. Bad germs cause diseases while good germs can break down MCFAs into free fatty acids which provide a protective layer on our skin that will kill disease-causing bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Additionally, free fatty acids help to support the acid layer on our skin, which repels harmful microorganisms.
So, if you do not use coconut oil for skin care, you would have missed out a great deal. Oh, remember to use only organic extra-virgin coconut oil because this unrefined coconut oil penetrates your skin fast and doesn’t clog pores. It’s free of pesticides too. Also, don’t just apply it topically, eat it as well so that you can keep your skin silky smooth from the inside out.