Coconut oil is the closest plant oil in structure to your skin’s own natural oils
All commercial polyunsaturated oils (soy bean, sunflower, olive, etc.) are made up of large molecules of fatty acids called long chain fatty acids. Sebum, the natural oil produced by your skin, is a short chain fatty acid made up of smaller molecules. There are only two commercial vegetable oils with the same smaller oil molecules – coconut oil and palm oil. Further, both your natural sebum skin oil and virgin coconut oil have the same acid balance or pH – around 0.5. (Source: Niugini Organics)
How to use coconut oil for skin?
Aside from the wonderful moisturising properties of coconut oil for skin, consider these other great applications:
Eye makeup remover. Those with sensitive eyes know what a red-eye nightmare both mascara and eye make up remover can be. Give organic coconut oil for skin a try. Use a cotton wool ball dipped in coconut oil and wipe gently over eyes. The moisturising effects of coconut oil for skin mean you will not need to put moisturiser on afterwards.
Sunburn relief. Coconut oil will relieve the burning from sun burn and other skin burns and help stop infection from occurring due to its antibacterial properties. Because it is also a moisturiser it will help stop your skin from peeling.
Hair conditioning treatment: Just a teaspoon or two of organic coconut oil massaged into the scalp and hair before washing acts as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes before shampooing.
Baby nappy rash preventer: while coconut oil can be rubbed onto baby’s skin to help prevent nappy rash, most effective us a home made cream with zinc oxide powder, coconut oil and beeswax. See recipe here.
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See our blog post for more tips on relieving dry skin