Why we love coconut oil
Nature’s beauty elixir
While coconut oil has traditionally been used in coastal and tropical regions as a food, medicine, cosmetic and sun protector, only in the past few decades has western society discovered the benefits of coconut oil and started to embrace its skin and hair care benefits and scientific research confirmed its many health benefits.
Now that we are aware that what you put on your skin goes directly into your body, it makes perfect sense then that as well as making healthy food choices, we also need to make healthy “skin and hair food choices”.
Most of us use many different products containing a cocktail of artificial ingredients on our skin and hair every day. It’s not the tiny amounts of toxic ingredients per product that are directly harmful, its’ the layering effect of using many ingredients every single day that can all enter directly into the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Unlike digesting food and drinks, there is no “gate keeping” liver there to protect you from taking on this toxic load. Whilst it truly is difficult to avoid many ingredients, we believe that it’s important to minimise them and to incorporate daily products that are derived as much as possible from nature. We believe that anything you put on your skin should be good enough to eat!
Why coconut oil is good for your skin and hair
Coconut oil is an excellent skin conditioner containing medium-chain triglycerides which deeply penetrate, moisturise and act as a protective barrier against the aging effects of environmental and free radical damage.
It aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells and penetrates deeply to strengthen the underlying tissues. It helps skin retain moisture, promotes skin elasticity and keeps it looking young and supple and radiant.
Because it’s bursting with fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients like lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid, Vitamin K and E, and iron, coconut oil provides a rich supply of antioxidants and healing goodies for skin and its excellent absorption qualities make it ideal for all skin types, particularly dry skin.
As an added bonus, coconut oil acts as a natural sun protection by screening up to 20% of ultraviolet exposure. It is also healing and soothing for sunburn and rashes and its’ antimicrobial properties help heal skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Coconut oil is gentle enough for babies and is ideal for baby massage and for treating nappy rash and cradle cap.
Packed with healing hair nutrients, including Vitamin E (an essential nutrient for skin and hair), and fatty acids including lauric acid and capric acid, coconut oil helps to promote protein regrowth by penetrating deep into each hair, getting past the cuticle, repairing and preventing damage from the inside out – making it stronger and leaving it thicker, fuller and shinier.
The lauric acid in coconut oil helps to promote healthy scalp and hair as it is a natural, powerful and potent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent that creates natural defences against disease protecting and preventing conditions such as hair loss, itchy scalp, dandruff and even lice infestations.