INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: COCONUT OIL
Posted on 09 August 2017
Coconut oil is a prolific ingredient in many non-toxic, plant-based beauty products.
From face serums to haircare, cleansers to makeup, coconut oil is everywhere.
Just what makes it so coveted in green beauty? We've got the answers!
the intense hydration
Coconut oil absorbs easily into the skin due to its low molecular weight, and the way it bonds to proteins. It is also jam-packed with saturated fat, preventing moisture loss when applied to skin.
Pro tip: Apply a coconut oil-based serum or lotion to your entire body after showering. This will lock in the moisture and maintain plump, hydrated skin.
the versatile texture
Coconut oil's high saturated fat content allows it to remain solid at room temperature or cooler, but come liquid when warmer. This makes it an ideal candidate for balms, creams, and soaps so that it stays solid when stored, but melts instantly when applied to warm skin.
Pro tip: Keep a jar on your vanity, and use a cotton swab to melt away makeup at night, or a cotton bud to quickly correct makeup mistakes.
the healing properties
Coconut oil contains 3 kinds of fatty acids: capric, caprylic and lauric which possess incredible ant-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can therefore be used to heal and prevent breakouts by removing bacteria, improve the look of skin by reducing redness and evening tone.
Pro tip: Apply coconut oil to your hair, massaging it into the scalp. Leave over night and then wash as usual. Doing this once a week will soothe dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and general redness or dryness, while keeping your locks hydrated.
other health benefits?
Coconut oil provides a
sustained boost of energy.
Add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie or oats for an energy boost that'll last all day. For a veganized bulletproof coffee - add a 1/4 teaspoon to your morning cup of joe - the fat will bind with the caffeine and digest more slowly, prolonging its effects.
Coconut oil removes oral bacteria
and prevents gum disease.
For centuries, the practice of oil pulling - or swishing your mouth with oil - has been used to prevent periodontal disease, diffuse bad breath and even whiten teeth. The fat binds with bacteria and is then spit out, leaving your mouth clean and fresh. Place a teaspoon of oil in your mouth and swish around for 20 min, 3x a week. Spit and wash your mouth with cool water.
Coconut oil is a natural anti-
bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Use it to treat minor scrapes & burns, alleviate nail fungus, and even heal UTIs. Simply apply a small amount to the affected area twice daily until healed.