Many sources claim that coconut oil is a versatile skincare product and household product.
Coconut oil has been recommended as a natural way to help heal acne, due to its antibacterial properties.
Coconut oil has also been used as a remedy for dry hair, as it supposedly is extremely capable of locking in moisture.
Is coconut oil truly a wonderful product? With every good review comes bad press, too. Today we’ll sort through all the info on coconut oil to find out whether it is the product for you.
What is coconut oil?
According to healthline “Coconut oil is a highly saturated oil that is traditionally made by extracting the oil from raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels”
Coconut oil is known for its high medium-chain fatty acids content. These acids are a form of saturated fats and make up a large part of coconut oil’s composition.
What kinds of fatty acids are in coconut oil?
According to heathline, here is a breakdown of the fatty acid content in coconut oil:
- Lauric acid: 49%
- Myristic acid: 18%
- Caprylic acid: 8%
- Palmitic acid: 8%
- Capric acid: 7%
- Oleic acid: 6%
- Linoleic acid: 2%
- Stearic acid: 2%
These fatty acids are extremely useful in skin care and health in general. Lauric acid is known for its antimicrobial properties, and oleic and linoleic acid are both great anti-aging skincare ingredients that help plump the skin and protect the skin’s barrier.
What are the benefits of coconut oil for skin and hair?
Coconut oil prevents protein loss in hair
Hair that is over moisturized or lacks protein can benefit from coconut oil, which imparts protein and also helps maintain protein.
Coconut oil may have sun protection benefits
Studies have found that coconut oil can help block UV rays.
Coconut oil may help prevent acne and other skin infections
The high lauric acid content is to thank for this. Applying coconut oil to the skin may help work to prevent and treat skin conditions because of its microbial properties.
What are the negatives of coconut oil for skin and hair?
Coconut oil is a popular trend, so it is natural that it would receive some backlash, but what exactly are the cons?
Pure coconut oil is not for all hair types
Using coconut oil on hair that is naturally more dry and coarse can actually create a protein build-up, leading to even dryer, more brittle hair.
Pure coconut oil is not for all skin types
Coconut oil is thicker and is rated a 4 on the comedogenic scale, meaning it has a high capacity for clogging pores. If you constantly use coconut oil on your skin and notice that you have clogged pores you may need to cut down on use or find a different product. You should probably not use coconut oil on your face.
Do we use Coconut Oil in our skincare products?
We utilize the best elements of coconut oil in our products while avoiding the more problematic aspects. How? Many of our ingredient lists will include “saponified oils of organic coconut.” The key word here is saponified. When coconut oil is saponified it becomes a soap! This means that we enhance the cleansing aspect of coconut oil. Our dreamy, bubbly Organic Coconut Soap Bars are made from pure coconut and essential oil blends with additional benefits. Our skincare products that use coconut oil, such as our whipped baby butters, are designed for dry skin areas such as legs and arms, not your face. We also use coconut milk as a special ingredient in some of our soaps like our Key lime Shampoo Bar because it imparts the same amazing benefits with a lighter touch so you won’t have to worry about build-up!
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