True Beauty Tricks - Coconut Oil
Beauty Tricks by Raina is not just about excellent, safe, and natural skincare products but also simple yet effective natural skincare remedies every person can use to improve or keep his or her skin healthy.
By following True Beauty Tricks, you will get a breakdown of benefits, tips, and recipes on various oils, herbs, and butters. To start, I've picked my all-time favorite all-magical coconut oil. So let's dig in!
What is coconut oil?Coconut oil is 100% fat. That fat is squeezed out of the white part (the meat) of coconuts, which is pretty straight forward. However, the fascinating part is the structure of coconut oil. Notice how, unlike other oils, coconut oil hardens when the temp gets cooler and melts once it's warmed up? That happens because coconut oil is about 85% saturated fat. Don't worry though, unlike animal byproducts, coconut oil's saturated fat is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). See, our bodies absorb MTCs much faster. Once digested, the liver immediately turns MCTs into energy.
Coconut oil is also the highest natural source of lauric acid and contains myristic, caprylic, and oleic acids.
What makes it so good and popular?
While there are numerous benefits to ingesting coconut oil, let's focus on topical applications to stay on track. To get a better understanding of the benefits, let's look into those fatty acids:
Lauric acid can treat viral infections, reduce inflammation and bacteria. Therefore, it works great for fighting acne, cleansing your skin, reducing irritation, and helping even the skin tone.
Another excellent cleansing acid used in many facial cleansers, myristic acid, washes the oils off your skin and hydrates it. Hydrated skin will always appear younger and plumper.
Caprylic acid has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Those properties kill the bacteria living in the skin and stop its growth; thus, caprylic acid can treat various skin conditions. It can also create a barrier on the skin to lock in moisture.
Oleic acid, a.k.a. Omega 9 fatty acid, helps seal moisture on the skin and repair aging skin. It is rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals and help the skin appear youthful.
As you can see, not only can coconut oil moisturize the skin, it also helps keep the skin clear and even-toned. Coconut oil is excellent for those who suffer from acne, discoloration, and skin irritations. Some studies showed coconut oil works well for those who suffer from eczema.
Coconut oil works well for most skin types. It's most suitable for dry and sensitive types of skin because of its moisturizing and calming properties. Aging or mature skin will benefit from coconut oil because of its ability to mask the appearance of fine lines. Now, if you have oily skin, things can get a bit tricky. Using coconut oil on its own is not recommended for oily skin as it can cause an overproduction of sebum (your natural oil). That being said, there's nothing wrong with adding a bit of coconut oil to face masks or using skincare products that contain coconut oil.
How to use coconut oil on skin?
My favorite way of using coconut oil is as a cleanser. I apply about a teaspoon-sized amount on my fingers and start massaging it all over my face and neck. Massage for 2-3 minutes and try to get those stubborn areas with blackheads more. Grab a small towel or a face cloth and rinse it under hot water. Make sure the towel is steamy. Cover your entire face with the hot towel and press it all over for a few seconds. Wipe off all of the excess oil, and voila - a nice clean and refreshed face! Do this a couple of times a week, and your face will thank you.
Some people use coconut oil as a moisturizer. While it provides excellent moisture, I wouldn't rely solely on coconut oil, especially for aging skin. I used to apply coconut oil after a serum back in my 20's, but my skin was young and good on its own back then. However, using coconut oil for your body is a far better and cheaper alternative to drugstore lotions.
Adding coconut oil to DIY facemasks gives beautiful results. My favorite quick calming facemask is:
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp oats (powdered)
Apply on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by your regular skincare routine.
Coconut oil is also an excellent makeup remover. Just apply as you would a regular makeup remover. Not only will it remove waterproof makeup from your eyes, but coconut oil will also nourish and hydrate your eyelashes.
There are endless possibilities with coconut oil for skin care. You can always do a Pinterest search for various recipes, but I will leave this one easy recipe for my favorite coconut sugar body scrub. This recipe is suitable for a single-use on the whole body:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sugar (use brown if you want a coarser scrub and use white if you want it to be gentler)
1/4 cup fine sea salt
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Mix well and use right away.
Just remember, natural doesn't always mean good or better. Everyone reacts to things differently, and every ingredient can cause an allergic reaction. Please perform a patch test on your arm at least 24 hours before applying anything to your face. After all, we all want to look our best, and it's better to be safe than sorry. I hope you enjoyed this read as much as I enjoyed writing it. See you next week.