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Coconut oil is one of the most amazing products that you can eat and put on your skin. It is a healthy fat with medium chain triglycerides. These medium chain triglycerides provide your body with major health benefits. When you use coconut oil for skin care, your skin reaps some pretty amazing benefits. I personally use coconut oil whenever I have a rash or slight bit of inflammation on my skin. The coconut oil seems to accelerate the healing process and soothe the skin pretty quickly.

I believe in it so much that I have tried using the coconut oil on my dog’s skin when he breaks out in seasonal allergies. He tends to eat it up instead of letting it soak in and heal his skin. I like knowing that the coconut oil is safe for consumption, unlike other skin medications that have been prescribed for him skin condition!

 

Reduces Inflammation

This is my absolute favorite benefit. Coconut oil soothes the skin as it reduces the inflammation. It contains vitamin E, lauric acid and caprilic acid. These ingredients work synergistically to decrease inflammation. Because it has the ability to decrease inflammation, it can safely be used on rashes, bug bites, eczema and psoriasis. I have found a lot of relief when using coconut oil on rashes and eczema. It tends to soothe the skin and make it feel better.

 

Helps Retain Moisture

Coconut oil is a fat that can help to trap the moisture in your skin and help to hold it in. Coconut oil contains saturated fats. These saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids, also known as triglycerides. When you apply these on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. When these fats are present on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate the moisture loss from the pores on the skin. When coconut oil is taken internally, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it smooth and healthy. It also gives it an even looking tone as well as reducing the appearance of pores.

Commercial moisturizers tend to contain water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. However, as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. You tend to use more and more of the moisturizer because your skin is drying out. Additionally, commercial moisturizers can contain petroleum-based ingredients that have a tendency to suffocate the skin. Coconut oil, on the other hand, provides deep and real moisture. It strengthens the underlying tissues and assists with the removal of excessive dead skin on the skin’s surface that makes your skin feel rough and flaky.

Coconut Oil Softens Skin and Prevents Wrinkles

Coconut oil contains essential nutrients that contribute to the health of the skin. Vitamin E is abundant in coconut oil. One hundred grams of coconut oil has approximately .1 mg of vitamin E, which enhances its skin-nourishing properties. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin. Vitamin E helps to keep your skin smooth and prevent it from cracking. Most importantly, vitamin E prevents against premature aging and the wrinkles that come with it because it has good antioxidant properties.  Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal benefits even help to treat bug bites.

Coconut oil is also rich in many different proteins. These proteins help to ensure that the skin is healthy and rejuvenated on the inside and out. Proteins contribute to the skin’s ability to repair tissue.  Proteins can also contribute to cellular health and a wide range of other essential activities within the body. When you have any damage cells on or near the skin, a good supply of proteins will guarantee their replacement at a normal rate. People who have a protein deficient diet will heal more slowly and can often develop scars due to this extended healing time.

 

Clears Up Fungal Infections

Coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It can be used to clear up fungal infections and minor irritations of the skin. Due to its antimicrobial nature, it is safe to use around cuts and Small skin tears.

Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kill candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin. Capric, Caprylic and Lauric acid aren’t very different from the medium chain fatty acids. However, they have their own contributions to the health benefits of coconut oil. These fatty acids contain strong antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. Therefore, when coconut oil is applied to the skin, it protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or enter through the body’s pores. This beneficial microbial action can be experienced if the coconut oil is eaten as well, as the fatty acids increase the body’s immunity when they are converted to monocarpin and monolaurin.

Additionally, carpic, caprylic and lauric acids can be broken down easily into chains of fatty acids. This means that they contribute to the body’s stores of usable energy in a very fast and efficient manner. This can boost your energy levels prior to a workout, which is why these powerful acids have been associated with weight loss and weight management. The quality of the skin improves as you lose weigt by reducing excess fat, stretch marks and folds in the skin which may appear unattractive. A healthy and toned body means that the skin will have the ability to maintain its grip around the muscles and bones.

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