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Your Complete Guide to Coconut Oil

Your Complete Guide to Coconut Oil

We love its natural ability to make skin feel irresistibly supple, hydrated, and radiant but is coconut oil really the best ingredient for skin?

Coconut oil is a non-fragrant plant oil full of fatty acids that help the skin’s lipid barrier retain moisture. Thanks to a high amount of lauric acid, coconut oil has antibacterial properties which can help kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation. It also has high levels of omega-6 fatty acid and linoleic acid that works as an emollient to soften the skin.

Using high concentrations of any skincare ingredient is often too much for the skin, and this applies to coconut oil as well. There has been some bad press about coconut oil but this is mainly referencing the application of pure coconut oil which can clog pores. Small concentrations of coconut oil found in skincare products are beneficial to the skin, as its rich in saturated fats and medium chain fatty acids that moisturise the skin.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin

Antibacterial: The lauric acid found in coconut oil gives it antimicrobial properties to kill bacteria and help reduce inflammation

Reduces the appearance of lines: When absorbed into skin, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by keeping connective tissues strong and supple

Smoothes skin: As its rich in medium chain fatty acids, it helps skin retain moisture whilst making it look silky and smooth

Locks in moisture: It helps inhibit trans epidermal water loss and increases lipids levels in the skin, making skin look more plump

Coconut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids

How to Use Coconut Oil

As it is an emollient coconut oil is best incorporated into a moisturiser so it sits on top of the skin and locks in moisture underneath. Thanks to coconut oils fatty acid content, it seals and locks in moisture from the humectant products that you have applied before such as a serum. It can be used by those with sensitive skin as its very hydrating and soothing. 

Does It Clog Pores?

When used in its pure form it can clog pores and lead to congestion and breakouts. However, when using a combination of ingredients with coconut oil, your risk of clogged pores is reduced.

Who Should Use It?

All skin types can use coconut oil however its most beneficial for those with dry and mature skin. Those with acne prone or congested skin should use moisturisers that have low percentages of coconut oil in the formulation. If coconut oil is incorporated into an eye cream, as such a small amount is being applied, its doesn’t matter at which end of the ingredient list you see it.

Moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin, Hydrating Day Defence with Coconut Oil

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