For one simple substance, coconut oil is impressive as both a food supplement and for skin care. This article will focus only on your skin.
Have you noticed that the skin of men and women from South Pacific Islands appears smooth, with an alluring glow? They apply coconut oil daily. It is a natural moisturizer and it has a mild SPF quality. Coconut oil relieves dryness and itching, and it contains Vitamin E which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. These are reasons for it to be a common ingredient in skin creams, lotions and hair conditioners.
Kill Harmful Bacteria
One of the most underrated and unknown qualities of coconut oil is that it is antifungal. Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: Capric Acid, Lauric Acid and Caprylic Acid. They work by dissolving the fatty outer membranes of candida microbes, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin. They destroy bacteria that can lead to a whole host of skin problems such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, diaper rash, eczema, and more. Coconut oil’s anti-microbial and anti-fungal quality also accelerates healing of minor cuts and scrapes by killing bacteria and keeping the skin moist during its healing process. It also promotes a long shelf life that is measured in years.
Combining coconut oil with fine-grain sea salt adds another dimension to experiencing the full benefits of coconut oil. Sea salt is obtained by taking water from oceans or saline lakes and letting the water evaporate, leaving the salts behind. Sea salt differs from table salt. Table salt is mined from salt deposits in the earth and is heavily processed, after which a small amount of the chemical, iodine, is added.
Grinding sea salt to a uniform, fine grain size, and mixing it with coconut oil, creates the perfect one-step skin care solution. And because sea salt is also anti-microbial, the combination is an especially effective remedy for nicks, cuts and skin that is cracked from dryness or callouses. When applied to the skin with a gentle rubbing motion, the mixture exfoliates and deep cleanses, removing dry, flaky, dead skin and hydrating the supple soft skin beneath. The result is radiant, younger looking skin that feels silky smooth for days.
The Full Benefit
Companies, such as Florida Salt Scrubs, searched for creative solutions to their own personal critique about the uncomfortable coarseness of Dead Sea Salts and Himalayan Salts. They not only discovered the optimum grain size to enhance pore absorbing benefits for coconut oil, they learned about and use Atlantic Sea Salt that is gleaned from a Mangrove Biome in the Florida Keys where the trees process sea water and remove impurities before their leaves drop the naturally refined salt at their tree base. The result is a healthy, moisturizing blend that cleans, heals, protects and nourishes your skin that avoids the greasy after feel of lotions and creams.
A natural Essential Oil can also be added to create an aroma that stimulates the brain and enhances psychological well-being, or mood. Examples include Key Lime, Orange, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, and many more. Each offers its own properties and will be discussed in a coming article.