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Coconut Oil Skin Benefits

 by Sheron Hopkins
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Most of the moisturizers and beauty products are made up of a high content of water. This water gets absorbed into the skin and remains there for a brief while before being lost due to transpiration. If the moisturizer does not use water, it uses oil which is highly refined and therefore does not contain any antioxidants. Our skin is made up of connective tissue which makes the skin appear soft and supple. As we grow old, this soft connective tissue loses its elasticity and becomes hard, rough and dry. To soothe the skin, water based products can only be used temporarily. However, using coconut oil for dry skin problems has been one of the oldest home remedies. Dietary coconut oil has the capacity to reduce the skinís need for vitamin E. Coconut oil for skin acts as an antioxidant and eliminates free radicals which are cancerous. The fatty acids in coconut oil act as natural antiseptics. Coconut oil not only prevents bacterial and viral infections upon topical application but also upon ingestion. With millions of microbes and germs residing on our skins, the chances of getting infected are great. Regular use of coconut oil prevents these microbes from transmitting infections. When a thick layer of coconut oil is applied on the skin, the microbes try to digest it. However, they turn the oil into a fatty acid that clings to the skin and forms a protective layer, not allowing the microbes to break the skin or burrow inside. Though coconut oil does not have any inherent anti-microbial effects, it still helps in preventing infections caused due to microbial attacks. It has been advised that soaps should not be used on the face. The harsh chemicals wash off the protective layer of free fatty acids and expose the skin. Though applying a moisturizer makes the skin feel temporarily soft, it by no means reinstates the layer of free fatty acids that was protecting the facial skin from antigens. When the skin is exposed in this manner, acne can begin to develop. Using coconut oil for face can counter this problem. A lot of people also use coconut oil for acne. Infections can be prevented on applying coconut oil on skin and therefore breakouts can be contained if the acne is infectious. It has already been established that coconut oil has properties which safeguard the body from microbial attack. It is therefore recommended that this oil be used immediately after a bath to prevent your skin from painful infections cause by germs like staphylococci.
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