Why Skin And Hair Crave Coconut Oil
Coconut has been attracting column inches in the media recently – coconut water and coconut milk are now the ‘in’ refreshments and ingredients. But coconut oil is also rapidly becoming one of the most valued ingredients in skin and hair care.
Okay so we’re not talking peptides, AHAs, or plant stem-cells here, but that doesn’t mean that the most unadulterated extracts of nature can’t be a miracle worker.
The roots of coconut oil’s usage in health and beauty products lie in its tropical heritage. Women in Sri Lanka and the Philippines just use coconut oil every day on their typically healthy, youthful skin (despite the sun) – and it’s not just to do with a local abundance of coconut trees! Its broad spectrum of fatty acids help support skin cells and skin elasticity, and the antioxidants in coconut oil (including vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols) reinforce the scavenging of free radicals, helping to prevent premature ageing.
Coconut oil is unique amongst oils as one of its main components; lauric acid (a medium-chain fatty acid), has been shown in peer-reviewed studies to help with skin problems like acne and eczema due to its antibacterial and moisturising action. One of our customers even claimed that the Coconut Candy Scrub (see below) had cleared her eczema.
Coconut is a particularly great base oil in summer moisturisers. – As the weather improves, so does the skin’s circulation and cell turnover. This increased activity and self-generated moisture means that most skins require a lighter base oils like jojoba, sunflower and coconut oils.
And finally, not forgetting the hair. For luscious, healthy locks, you could do far worse than seek out hair products rich in coconut oil. Studies show that coconut oil is the only oil that can penetrate the hair shaft and reduce protein loss.
A final note. With coconut oil as with all other ingredients, quality counts. Be sure that the skin care you choose uses organic and non-chemically refined coconut oil as the vitamin content, and thus its beneficial properties, will be at the highest.
Odylique products where coconut is a key ingredient: –
Gentle Herb Shampoo, £11 for 200ml: The addition of organic coconut make our shampoos not just brilliant gentle cleansers, but also a 2-in-1 conditioning product too, particularly for those with itchy or sensitive scalps. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off to allow the coconut oil and biodynamic herbs to absorb and achieve best results.
Creamy Coconut Cleanser, (travel size from £6): The perfect natural cleanser for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin. The perfect omega fatty acid combination of coconut and olive fruit oils offer gentle but thorough cleansing properties to leave the skin smooth, nurtured and in tip-top condition.
Organic Coconut Candy Scrub, £25 for 175g: In preparation for peeling off a few layers in the summer, start gentle exfoliation with this exquisite virgin coconut-rich scrub. And just inhale to already feel like you’re sitting on a tropical island – it smells yummy and is 100% edible. But watch out – it’s only calorie free when applied to your body!