It would seem that everyone is hopping on the coconut oil train these days. Basically coconut oil is to beauty care what kale is to a green diet. From skin care to hair treatments to oil pulling, this is a really popular natural ingredient. So, we tested to see what is so great about using coconut oil for your skin.
We are not completely unfamiliar with coconut oil, being a beauty writer we have tested this crowd pleaser more than once, but we have never used coconut oil in lieu of my normal skin care products.
We finally decided that it was time to take a plunge into this nutty situation, and find out what we were actually missing. After some research, some experimenting, and a bit of cash later, here is what we learned and loved about using coconut oil for your skin.
Benefits of coconut oil
So, let’s take a few moments to go back and get into why all of these women are covering themselves in coconut butter. You may have guessed that it makes your skin feel incredibly soft, but so do most oils, but does coconut oil actually have advantages for skin?
Coconut oil happens to be full of saturated fats that will make your skin feel smooth and soft when you apply it to skin, but it also holds moisture in which keeps skin supple. Coconut oil also has lauric acid, which is basically a disinfectant which helps to prevent blemishes and keep pores clear. It also has Vitamin E, which heals and protects the skin, which is great to use for reducing scars, wrinkles, and spots.
So what is a good thing when you use coconut oil? The fact that it is actually pretty affordable. You can get 15 ounces of coconut oil for around $9 and that has multiple uses in it, so that saves your effort and time. It is a gals’ dream right there.
How to pick the right type of coconut oil
Before you head out to get coconut oil, you need to know a few things first. Firstly, there are different types of coconut oil and the difference is pretty important.
You have VCO or virgin coconut oil, and RCO or refined coconut oil. In order to get VCO the oil is actually cold pressed from coconut meat and it will have the flavor and smell of coconut and you can tell by it being creamier. RCO is actually massed produced and comes from dried coconut and is chemical treated. There is no flavor or coconut smell.
If you are looking for the best coconut oil, then go for VCO. If you see anything that is marked EVCO or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, it’s not the real thing. It doesn’t actually exist. Extra Virgin is when you create oil from a first pressing, but coconut oil only goes through one pressing. So, technically, coconut oil can’t be extra virgin and any product that claims it is EVCO, is just trying to make the bran seem super healthy.
How to use coconut oil for your skin
Now that you know the whys and what’s of coconut oil, let’s talk about the how. Most common uses for coconut oil happen to be a moisturizer for body and skin. But there are a lot of roles that coconut oil plays for your skin beyond moisturizing. Some are real, while others not so much.
Coconut oil will be semi-solid as well as white when it is in the jar, but it will warm up fast in your hands and is easy to apply. Whenever you are using it as a moisturizer, remember that very little will go a long way, so you will need to start with less than you think that you need. Just like when you use new products, be sure to patch test before you use it to ensure that you are not going to have a sensitivity.
Coconut oil will bind to debris and dirt and it virtually melts away make-up without having a drying effect. Just warm a small amount and apply it your face in a massaging manner. Wipe away with a damp cloth and then cleanse your skin like normal. Coconut oil also makes a great nourishing night cream. Just apply to your skin like you do with your normal moisturizer. You can also layer your serums under the coconut oil.