Let’s go over the basics of Coconut Oil’s benefits for healthy skin. What makes it so great? Mainly, it’s great for your skin because it contains Vitamin E and various saturated fats, some of which are antimicrobial. All this keeps the skin intact: elastic and healthy. And it minimizes the chance for infections.
Coconut Oil contains Vitamin E
Did you know that Vitamin E helps with skin growth? It’s known for its anti-oxidant properties and helps with skin repair. Coconut oil naturally contains Vitamin E, which makes it great for repairing the wear and tear of skin. The anti-oxidant properties help prevent premature aging and wrinkling.
Coconut Oil contains Saturated Fats
The saturated fats found in Coconut Oil are medium-chain fatty acids. They absorb easily into the skin and are naturally found in the oils that the skin produces. They are great at helping maintain healthy skin because they soak into the skin so well and thus help seal the skin so that it retains moisture more easily.
This is important because it allows the skin to stay elastic and also supports the skin’s function as a barrier for preventing dehydration. Look at it as sealing in the moisture that is inside your body. All the water you drink to stay hydrated will stay where it’s supposed to if the skin is moisturized.
Coconut Oil contains Capric, Caprylic, and Lauric Acids
These are fancy names for some of the saturated fats we just talked about. They are worth mentioning separately because they have strong antimicrobial properties.
This is important because we all have microbes living on our skin. When the skin is healthy these microbes aren’t a problem. However, when the skin breaks or cracks, through dryness, scratching or cuts, for example, the microbes try to find a way past the skin barrier to where their food source is. When this happens we get infections, and the body’s response to these infections is what creates inflammation. In cases like these, it’s extremely good to lather on something that addresses these microbes and prevents them from penetrating the surface of the skin.
The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil’s capric and lauric acid were tested by a research team a few years ago. They studied their effects on a certain type of acne and found that they seemed to reduce both infection and inflammation. That makes coconut oil a pretty great buddy for Neem oil. Turns out they share quite a few strengths!
If you’re curious, you can read the excerpt on the website for the National Center for Biotechnical Information website site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24284257