The benefits and disadvantages for the skin!
Ohhhh coconut oil, how we love thee!!! It’s no secret that coconut oil is loved by many! I mean, how can we not appreciate its goodness that it brings to our lives? But as the saying goes, “love is blind” and some may overlook the disadvantages of it because we refuse to believe that coconut oil can do any wrong.
Coconut oil is comedogenic. This basically means that it clogs the pores. If your pores clog then that leaves you susceptible to our little friend, acne. Those with oily skin can develop blackheads, pimples, or whiteheads by leaving coconut oil on their face overnight. This is why it is very important to clean out your pores weekly with our Detoxifying Charcoal Mask (as written about in my previous blog). Our mask is guaranteed to unclog those babies and have your skin free of breakouts. Coconut oil should not be used on the face but it is ok to use makeup removers that contain it since it is more likely combined with other ingredients. If you suffer from dry skin your best bet is to use a moisturizer and stop using bar soaps because they strip the face of its natural oils. The point is to clean your skin of dirt, bacteria, etc., but not strip it of its nutrients. The major key is knowing your skin and knowing what’s needed to build the health of it. A lot of people think they can use the same regimen as their friends and the truth is, no two people have the same skin. LEARN your skin! I can assist with that as well. I have slots on the site that you can book in regards to your skincare concerns.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the good part; the benefits of coconut oil! There are many benefits of coconut oil for the skin (not to be confused with the face). If you experience irritation, sensitivity, and breakouts on your body; coconut oil can help and be beneficial since it contains many fatty acids. Lauric acid is one of the most prominent fatty acids in coconut oil. Lauric acid contains antibacterial properties that have been known to combat acne. When combined with coconut oil it gives the skin antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties. Plus the high lipid content helps speed up the healing process. It works great to moisturize the rougher areas of our bodies such as; the knees, elbows, heels of the feet, and hands. Those who suffer from dry skin (as I once did) can substitute the scented lotions with coconut oil. Scented lotions don’t really help with locking moisture to the skin. They smell great but you may find your skin to still be dry. Coconut oil locks in the moisture and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
All in all, coconut oil is very beneficial to the skin but can be detrimental to the pores of the face. The main thing is knowing and understanding your skin as I mentioned earlier. Love your skin and it will love you right back (especially as you age!)