How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin Care?

Have you chosen a specific coconut oil for skin care yet? I ask you that because different types of coconut oil may perform differently on your skin due to their somewhat different composition and hence, behavior towards skin. Therefore, you should get the right kind of coconut oil for your skin needs first before anything else if you have not already done so.

1. What Kind of Coconut Oil is Best for Your Skin?

Because medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) readily penetrate, moisturize and soften your skin, you can use fractionated coconut oil (which contains only MCFAs) for your skin care. It is good when use alone, or you can use it as a carrier oil for essential oil too.

Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, contains not just MCFAs, but some amount of long-chain fatty acids too. In comparison, its skin penetration may not effect as fast as that of fractionated coconut oil, but it still serves as a good skin care product since all its fatty acids are good at fighting bacteria, fungi, viruses, free radicals and parasites that attack your outer and inner layer of skin.

In short, fractionated coconut oil penetrates skin relatively faster, but its antimicrobial properties can't match that of virgin coconut oil. So, which one should you use?

If you're already eating virgin coconut oil as food for health benefits, I don't see the need for you to get fractionated coconut oil separately for skin care. I use virgin coconut oil for both my health and skin care, by the way. It's more convenient.

But if you just want a specialized coconut oil that takes care of your skin, then fractionated coconut oil suits you best. Read Fractionated Coconut Oil Vs Virgin Coconut Oil if you need more info.

2. Organic

Pesticides, chemicals and other harmful micro-contaminants (that you cannot see with your bare eyes) can get inside your body via your skin, hence you should try to use organic coconut oil for skin care where possible.

However, it's easy to get real (certified) organic virgin coconut oil for skin care, but you can hardly find fractionated coconut oil in organic form. Even if you see certain brands claiming their fractionated coconut oil as organic, they're actually not certified (look for the "Certified Organic" label or text and you would find none).

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