5 Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

Although the surface of our skin already has a protective layer (self-made skin oil) against aging and diseases, it's never strong enough for fighting off more malicious microorganisms that constantly attack our skin and cause aging and diseases. So, you need coconut oil to strengthen your first line of defense to combat aging and keep disease-causing germs at bay. How does coconut oil achieve that?

1. Kill Germs on Your Skin

The skin oil secreted contains some amount of fatty acids that are good at fighting off common types of harmful germs coming into contact with our skin.

But when you apply especially virgin coconut oil to your skin, you'll step up your skin resistance against a broader range of disease-causing bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi as virgin coconut oil comprises 10 different types of fatty acids which are all antimicrobials. They are:

  1. Caproic acid
  2. Caprylic acid
  3. Capric acid
  4. Lauric acid
  5. Myristic acid
  6. Palmitic acid
  7. Stearic acid
  8. Arachidic acid
  9. Oleic acid
  10. Linoleic acid

This is one of the greatest benefits of using coconut oil for skin.

2. Penetrate Your Skin Easily

As most of the fatty acids (~ 64%) in coconut oil are ...read more »

How Much Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

As much coconut oil as your body can take it. I said that because coconut oil not only helps to stimulate metabolism for burning fat, it also helps to increase your colon motility for more frequent bowel movements.

Sounds good if you have chronic constipation issue and don't forget that detox is a critical element for losing weight. But if you take more than what your body can handle, the runs can zap you out.

Which is why I cannot give you a specific amount of coconut oil that you should take for weight loss because each person has different body condition and constitution, and may react differently to the detox effect of coconut oil.

However, I can tell you that as long as you increase the amount progressively, you won't likely get the diarrhea-like effect. Even if it does, it won't hurt you as much as a real diarrhea would.

For example, start off with 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of coconut oil spreading over the day first, such as 1 teaspoon added to your breakfast, 1 teaspoon to your lunch and 1 teaspoon to your dinner.

Will this amount effect any fat-burning?

Not quite, because ...read more »

4 Quick Tips on Acne Treatment with Coconut Oil

Before anything else, you must first understand these 4 things about using coconut oil for acne treatment. Otherwise, you may wind up freaking out and desperately run back to using commercial stuff that will bury more toxins into your skin.

1. Be Mentally Prepared

Unlike other skin oils or over-the-counter creams or lotions or whatever so-called treatment for acne that only know how to stash toxic chemicals in your skin, adding more toxins underneath your skin, coconut oil mercilessly expels those toxins.

What I mean is, if you have lots of toxins stored underneath your skin (you won't know about this until coconut oil breaks them all out), coconut oil will draw them up to the surface of your skin and cause a breakout of whiteheads. Some of your pimples may grow larger as a result too due to the gush of toxins adding onto the soft plugs that block the pores.

Scary, huh? That's why I'm telling you to get some mental prep. If not, you'll definitely freak out like most of them when the detox from coconut oil starts taking place.

At this point, you should stay calm and understand that coconut oil is helping you to cleanse your skin of toxins for an effective acne treatment. By the way, toxins are what weaken your liver and cause your skin to become so oily and acne-prone. Coconut oil "knows" that very well and so the first thing it does to help treat your acne is to remove toxins.

If you stress out over the breakout, your acne will aggravate and can last for weeks since stress upsets your hormonal balance and creates more toxins. Not knowing this, some acne sufferers start accusing that coconut oil causes acne, which in fact, coconut oil is helping out to treat acne.

By the way, the breakout is more severe on the face than any other parts of your skin because ...read more »

Does Coconut Oil Cause Acne?

No. Coconut oil does not cause acne. It actually helps acne instead.

If that's the case, then why are some people saying that coconut oil causes acne?

That's because they got more breakouts on their face after application of coconut oil. But didn't I just say that coconut oil helps acne? So, why does breakout happen?

Some say that the breakout is caused by coconut oil being comedogenic. Unless you use a really poor quality coconut oil like the hydrogenated type or one that is badly processed and it feels sticky on skin, coconut oil does not clog pores easily.

In fact, the breakout has something to do with coconut oil's detoxifying compounds called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). When you rub coconut oil on your skin, because its MCFAs are small in size they can easily penetrate your skin cells, providing a burst of energy to fuel your cells to expel toxins (you're probably unaware that our skin stores toxins).

When these toxins (together with some sebum) get pushed up to the surface of your skin, and you have some dead cells clogging the pores at the same time, tiny bumps of whiteheads will break out on your face.

Coconut oil draws toxins and triggers whiteheads

That's not the worst. If you already got pimples on your face, some of them may ...read more »

Coconut Cream Vs Coconut Milk

When a recipe calls for coconut milk, can you use coconut cream instead, or vice versa?

1. Difference Between Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk

The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk lies mainly in the different concentration of their fat and water content that cause them to have different consistency.

Properties Coconut Cream (per 100 g) Coconut Milk (per 100 g)
Total fat 34.68 g 23.84 g
Water 53.9 g 67.62 g

As you can see from above, coconut cream has more total fat but lesser water than coconut milk, which is why coconut cream has a thick consistency while coconut milk appears thin and runny. This also means that coconut cream has a richer flavor.

That's why when a recipe calls for coconut milk, you should not use coconut cream or the texture and flavor of the food will become different. Same goes for recipes that call for coconut cream to make dishes that require creamy texture and if you use coconut milk, the outcome will be more watery instead of creamy.

Of course, if you don't mind the texture you can use them both interchangeably. That's totally up to you.

But if you do mind and want to make sure you're using either of them correctly to make perfect dishes, you can ...read more »