For many of us, looking in the mirror can get less fun as we age. As the years pass, we notice more and more wrinkles, and dark spots can appear on skin from too much sun or from various health conditions. Rather than resigning ourselves to these inevitable signs of aging, we can slow them down or stop them altogether with the help of a natural substance found in most kitchens.
Virgin coconut oil has amazing benefits for the skin. Some of those benefits can help skin look younger by minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fading age spots. Unlike cosmetic procedures or chemical peels, coconut oil works slowly with regular use. Coconut oil is natural and gentle, however, with none of the negative risks or side effects of these more extreme procedures.
How Does Coconut Oil Work on Skin?
The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are perfectly shaped to absorb into skin cells. Once inside, they release moisture and nutrients into skin.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can cause further damage to skin, and the newly moisturized skin has greater elasticity, which prevents further wrinkling. Coconut oil actually mimics the action of collagen in our skin by strengthening the bonds between skin cells so that fewer cracks, which can become wrinkles, appear.
Other benefits of coconut oil include fighting infections that can damage skin and removing dead skin cells to reveal the healthier skin below. After several weeks of use, skin will look and feel softer and smoother. Over several months' time, dark spots may lighten and become less noticeable as the oil helps skin cells mature in a healthier way, rather than maturing unevenly and causing dark spots. The improved elasticity of skin will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Using Coconut Oil on Skin
The best time to apply coconut oil to skin is before bedtime. Coconut oil cleanses the skin as well as removing makeup, which can eliminate several steps from your existing skin care regimen. As you sleep, the oil will absorb into skin. Applying a thin layer is best. Unlike most oil-based products, coconut oil will not block pores and can actually help clear blemishes by balancing skin.
Not everyone will be comfortable using coconut oil as a cleanser, because it does not foam up like the soaps we are used to. It is as effective as many cleansers in removing impurities from skin, however. As an alternative, Biconi's Radiant Skin Facial Cleanser contains virgin coconut oil and will also give you some of the lather you are used to.
When using coconut oil, virgin is best, since refined coconut oil doesn't have the same shape and can't be absorbed into skin as well. Biconi's 100% Virgin Coconut Oil will be a great addition to your beauty routine. It is all natural and contains only virgin coconut oil.