Coconut oil is famous throughout the world not only as an edible oil and hair tonic, but also as an excellent smoothener for the skin. In the Pacific Islands where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, Pacific Island cultures commonly spread coconut oil on their skin to soften and moisturise.
The question is, what makes coconut oil so beneficial for the skin?
The constituents of coconut oil and their respective properties that might make them useful for maintaining skin health.
Vitamin-E: The contributions of vitamin E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. This helps to prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, thus enhancing it skin-nourishing properties.
Traditionally, coconut oil has been praised and popularized for its anti-aging properties.
Proteins: Coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body.
Skin softener: Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps dry skin conditions.
As an exfoliant, coconut oil as an agent with other exfoliating or grainy materials like salts and sugars can vastly improve the effects. You will successfully scrape off excess dead skin and clean out whatever substances have blocked the pores without leaving your skin irritated. The natural soothing nature of the oil combines with the grainy, exfoliating material perfectly, and leaves your skin with an even colour, closed pores, and a soft texture.
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