Hydrating and Cleansing Properties of Coconut Oil for Skin Health
As the largest organ in the body, skin is a crucial part of our overall health. Your skin absorbs what it comes in contact with, including toxins like air pollution and free radicals. That's why it's crucial to keep skin cleansed and hydrated as a protective measure for optimum health - inside + out! Since your skin's health is a direct reflection of your overall health - if you're experiencing dry skin, inflammation, acne or other conditions, it could be time to look into natural solutions. A go-to natural skin health booster that's plant-based and proven is coconut oil! Here’s what you need to know about coconut oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties to hydrate and cleanse for your best skin yet!
What Makes Coconut Oil Antibacterial + Antifungal?
You always hear about the versatility and multi-use abilities of coconut oil - but did you know the acids found in it are actually deeply hydrating, antibacterial and antifungal? The major ingredients in this miracle oil that produce the hydrating and cleansing effect are Lauric acid, Vitamin E and Myristic acid.
Vitamin E is coconut oil's powerhouse for hydration. Vitamin E fights off free radicals on the skin, which are a result of daily environmental stressors like unprotected sun exposure and air pollution. In fighting off free radicals, vitamin E helps protect the skin from damage.
Additionally, vitamin E has moisturizing benefits, and helps to "strengthen skin barrier function," cosmetic chemist Ginger King says. "Vitamin E is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can be soothing and help calm the skin," she says. "It's also good for hydrating skin, and serves as a moderately effective natural barrier to the sun."
Sealing in moisture helps create a protective layer to repel toxins and lock in healthy, hydrated skin - which is where Lauric acid comes in! This fatty acid is deeply hydrating to skin layers and has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Studies show it can fight damage of free radicals such as acne and skin conditions such as eczema. Coconut oil is the natural, single plant-based solution to locking in moisture and treating your skin!
Another ingredient in coconut oil is Myristic acid, a common saturated fatty acid. It has a unique ability to wash away oils to keep your skin hydrated and youthful. This acid works to produce the cleansing effect of coconut oil on your skin, gently removing irritators and revealing your healthiest skin.
Recently, this two-week study found that coconut oil significantly improved skin hydration.
How Can I Use Coconut Oil to Cleanse + Hydrate?
Here at Conscious Coconut, our goal is to simplify your wellness + skin routine. That's why we made our unique Coconut Oil Wipes so you can simply hydrate and cleanse in no time - on-the-go! Simply use the wipe to rub down your face and body to cleanse skin from any aggressors. In turn, this wipe also acts as a natural lotion - hydrating skin. Coconut oil penetrates the skin layers deeper than an average drugstore moisturizer - leaving it nourished and absorbed into skin. It's like teaming up a gentle cleanser and lotion at the same time - talk about a skincare game-changer! Here's how simple:
Ready to add this everyday essential to your routine? Our coconut oil wipes are easy to toss in your purse or backpack when you’re on the go so it's perfect for any lifestyle! It’s made simply with biodegradable wipes made of bamboo and 100% certified organic, fair trade, cold-pressed coconut oil - which means you won’t find any artificial ingredients or fillers! They're an essential for after a workout to cleanse skin, or a long day at the beach!