Aren’t coconuts amazing!?
It offers white and fleshy meat that you can eat. You also get coconut milk. Coconut water, which I put in popsicles for my kids , is rich in electrolytes and makes for a great recovery drink.
And then there’s CocoBaba’s hero ingredient : coconut oil. We maintain a natural skincare line, but I use this ingredient in many other ways. For example, when I need to add some moisture back into my tresses, I use coconut oil as a hair mask .
Now, I can wax poetic about coconuts all day. However, there’s a special reason I’m so full of excitement right now.
September 2 is World Coconut Day ! It might as well be a CocoBaba holiday, considering how much our products depend on coconut oil’s amazing properties.
Fun fact: Did you know that when I started using coconut oil on my skin, I was slathering on the kind that you’d find in a kitchen? The concept of CocoBaba came to me because I wanted my coconut oil fix without having to restock by going to the oil and vinegar section of the supermarket.
If you’re going to use it on your skin, get the raw and organic kind. It isn’t bleached, deodorized, hydrogenated, or refined – which means it hasn’t been stripped of its beneficial properties.
Here’s a short list of my favorite coconut oil skin health benefits.
It’s the lauric acid in coconut oil that we can thank for the hero ingredient’s antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial characteristics . Some studies suggest that coconut oil may even possess antiviral capabilities. It also strengthens your skin due to its high levels of antioxidants.
As a secondary effect, lauric acid’s benefit may also reduce inflammation. The linoleic acid that’s also found in coconut oil helps with this and functions as a skin soother, too.
Combine the anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, and you have something that may help treat acne and other skin irritations. It can even reduce eczema symptoms.
Coconut oil is an excellent emollient, which means it’s great for softening and moisturizing your skin. It also keeps hydration levels high by slowing down evaporation processes that can dry out your skin.
Finally, my hero ingredient increases collagen production. What does this do? Collagen helps keep your skin firm and elastic, which can slow the formation of fine lines or wrinkles. Coconut oil brought me through my two pregnancies stretch mark free. Which I was so happily surprised about since I’m one prone to stretch marks.
It’s the medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs in coconut oil that do most of the work. Consuming MCTs helps burn more calories, particularly targeting belly fat and is also great for the brain. Coconut oil can also raise the good cholesterol or HDL in your blood. More HDLs can lead to better heart health.
Bottom line: You should never be worried about stocking up on too much coconut oil. If you can’t use it on your skin, you can always use it in your kitchen.