Coconut oil is known for having a range of health benefits that extend to skin. It’s commonly used in beauty products for its anti-inflammatory properties, and is even a popular lip balm ingredient. Due to its nutrient composition, coconut oil also makes a fantastic natural moisturizer. It can assist in bringing balance and radiance back to your complexion. Here’s some more science on why exactly coconut oil is popularly enjoyed as a moisturizing ingredient.
Acne and breakouts get most of the attention, in terms of the drop in confidence and irritating appearance that they cause. But dry skin can be equally as concerning as acne-prone skin. Dry skin is prone to cracking, leading to areas of weakened and broken skin. This can leave your skin more prone to bacterial infection, and lead to complications in skin conditions like eczema.
As we age, the ceramide levels in our skin barrier start to deplete. Ceramides are effectively lipids that help our skin retain moisture. They also accomplish the important task of keeping not so desirable substances out of our skin, such as bacteria and pollutants. So effectively the natural moisturizers in our skin also contribute to protecting it.
Moisturizing products are designed to support the role of ceramides as our natural levels deplete. For this reason, moisturizers consist of lipid ingredients such as plant oils, butters, and waxes.
Coconut oil is 100% fat, which is made up of smaller fat molecules called fatty acids. It’s a natural emollient and humectant, meaning it helps trap moisture in your skin’s surface. Everyday use of a moisturizing ingredient such as coconut oil can result in the decreased appearance of fine lines and dry patches. It’s also rich in antioxidants, meaning it can reduce the formation of free radicals that lead to aging skin.
An impressive 47% of coconut oil is actually made up of lauric acid. Lauric acid is naturally found in our skin surface, and is among several fatty acids that help defend our skin against infectious bacteria. Lauric acid in particular was found to be a potent antibacterial. Coconut oil is also naturally anti-inflammatory, which may prove beneficial for itchy, irritated skin. Not only is coconut oil an effective natural moisturizer. It can also potentially fight bacterial infection in our skin, that can lead to skin conditions such as acne.
That being said, it’s still important to seek a moisturizing product with the right amount of coconut oil in it. This makes sure that you’re reaping its benefits without clogging your pores. Have particularly oily skin? You might want to avoid coconut oil altogether, and look for a non-comedogenic oil instead, such as jojoba oil. But coconut oil’s antibacterial properties may be beneficial for acne-prone skin in keeping harmful bacteria at bay.
Because coconut oil can be prone to clogging pores, we don’t usually recommend using it alone on your face. In a pinch, you could apply it as a moisturizer over your lips and body to treat cracks and flakiness. But when using coconut oil for skin in the long run, we like to choose a ready-made product. It should contain the perfect amount of coconut oil, so you can still enjoy its benefits without upsetting the delicate balance of your skin.
Our Seaberry Moisturizer contains a blend of natural moisturizing ingredients designed to target dry, depleted, dull skin. It consists of organic aloe and shea butter for a non pore clogging base, that also ensure a creamy soft, satiny consistency. Coconut oil and grapeseed oil deliver additional antioxidants and nutrients to help support the health of your skin barrier. This deluxe blend of moisturizing ingredients helps ensure bioactives from sea buckthorn are sealed into your skin for maximum benefits. How’s that for a hardworking skin care product? The result is a soft, silky glow in your complexion after application.
Already have a go-to moisturizer? You can still enjoy the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil in a serum or eye cream. Our Vine Therapy Serum boasts both hyaluronic acid and coconut oil for a double dose of hydration and moisturizing. Apply our Yerba Mate Eye Cream to target crow’s feet or dark circles.
Regardless of your skin type, it’s best to use a skin care product consistently to see best results. Always apply moisturizer after you cleanse morning and night. It’s an absolute must to make sure your face is clean before applying coconut oil or a moisturizer!
Pump a small amount into the tips of your fingers, and gently pat the formula into your skin with upwards motions. Don’t forget your neck! Apply an additional amount over dry patches to achieve a skin-soothing effect.
Applying a serum in your daily routine? Always allow your serum to absorb for a minute before applying moisturizer. The purpose of a moisturizer is to seal in hydration and nutrients from your serum.
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