In the 1980s, coconut oil was classified as a bad saturated fat, but people move with the times and now it’s classified as a superfood. Although coconut oil is largely saturated fat, it is not the type of fat that will clog your pores and contribute toward high cholesterol. Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride, and it is burnt up by the body differently than other fats such as long chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated fats. Medium chain triglycerides increase the metabolism and can greatly assist in weight loss. In addition to its weight-loss benefits, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts into the anti-fungal agent monolaurin in the human body. It can also play an important role when it comes to skincare
Coconut Oil in Skincare
The scent of coconut oil makes you think of tropical islands and sipping delicious pina colada cocktails, but it’s also greatly beneficial for your skin. The Polynesians, who largely eat a diet of coconuts, also rely on coconut oil for skincare, and their community is one of the healthiest and most youthful-looking in the world.
The skin has a natural layer of oil called sebum. It protects the skin from bacteria and dirt. So when you bathe or shower use a product containing coconut oil, it returns this beneficial layer of protection to the skin. After you bathe or shower, it can seem as if your skin is super-clean, but detergents and soap wash off the healthy sebum. The skin no longer has its beneficial protector to fight against bacteria. Regular over-cleansing may eventually lead to rashes, bumps, and spots. However, you can still have your daily bath or shower and protect your skin from bacteria by applying a product containing extract of coconut or massaging in small amounts of pure coconut oil. Because it’s a saturated fat, a little goes a long way.
Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Apply it to all areas of the body, including the face, hair, nails, and feet. The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil also make it beneficial for treating skin problems such as athlete’s foot.
There are certain ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, and coconut oil is one of them. Not only is it good for the internal health of the body, but it is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. This makes it especially effective for problem skin. When a small layer is applied after a bath or shower, it helps to protect the skin from bacteria.