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 »

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 »

How to Gain Maximum Health Benefits from Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has tons of benefits that cover you not only on the inside (health), but on the outside (skin) as well. However, not many people know how best to use this oil from the "Tree of Life" in order to truly improve their health and make their skin glow for the rest of their lives.

Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to reap its health benefits, but... how do you eat it so that you can gain the most out of it?

1. Eat Coconut Oil Raw

When I say 'raw', it means uncooked or in its most original form.

Yes, you should eat coconut oil this way so that you can obtain the greatest health benefits out of it.

Though coconut oil is very stable due to its predominant saturated molecular structure, heat (especially the one with temperatures around 220 °F or 104 °C) may mark down its health benefits a bit because this is the temperature that manufacturers use to ...read more »

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).

This could probably be due to ...read more »

Fractionated Coconut Oil Vs Virgin Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?

Fractionated Coconut Oil Vs Virgin Coconut Oil

No way! We can't simply base on such fact and say that fractionated coconut oil is bad. That's outright unfair to fractionated coconut oil, don't you think?

I would say each has its own benefits on health and skin, and in other aspects. But whether their benefits apply to you or not will depend on what you're looking for. Why not we compare their properties side by side first so that you can make a better decision on which one to choose for your needs?

Properties Fractionated Coconut Oil (aka MCT oil, Liquid Coconut Oil) Virgin Coconut Oil
Type Refined, man-made Unrefined, natural
Content 100% medium-chain fatty acids Less than 1% short-, 64% medium- and 35% long-chain fatty acids
Also known as... MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil Unrefined coconut oil or Extra-virgin coconut oil
Degree of saturation 100% saturated 92% saturated, 8% unsaturated
Melting point 14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C) 76 °F (24 °C)
Smoke point 320 °F (160 °C) 350 °F (177 °C)
Color in liquid state Colorless Colorless
Color in solid state Snowy white Snowy white
Odor Odorless Scent of coconut
Uses Skin care products, hair care, massage oil, medicine, special diet for athletes Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits
Shelf life Several months to 5 years 2 years

It seems that the only common characteristic between fractionated and virgin coconut oil is their color.

For your infoHigh-quality fractionated coconut oil should look colorless. Lower quality one may appear yellowish due to the moldy impurities or other colored contaminants not completely removed in the manufacturing process.

Other than that, everything else is different. And their differences mean that their ...read more »