We use Virgin Coconut Oil in a number of our products because it is so good for your skin and of course it is completely vegan. It is easily absorbed with all its nutrients and gives dry, rough skin a smooth, soft texture.
Virgin Coconut Oil is predominantly made up of medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides which are great for moisturising your skin. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth and help retain the moisture content of the skin.
Secondly, Virgin Coconut Oil contains capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid. These three fatty acids have antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. As a result, coconut oil protects skin from microbial infections including acne.
Thirdly, Virgin coconut oil also contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant essential for healthy skin growth, repair of the skin, and protects from cracking, ageing and wrinkling caused by free radicals. Free radicals, which can be caused by oxidised vegetable oils, break down the connective tissues in our skin causing our skin to become dry and wrinkled and can also lead to cancer growth. In order to combat free radicals we need virgin or organic oils high in antioxidants in our diet and skincare products. Mineral oil does not contain antioxidants and highly refined vegetable oils are stripped of their nutritional and therapeutic benefits including antioxidants giving no long term benefit to the skin. Therefore Virgin Coconut Oil is especially useful in fighting free-radicals, as it is unrefined and hasn't been stripped of any of its natural components through the refining process. We love using it because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antifungal and anti-microbial as well as a fantastic moisturiser. Also, coconut oil helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
We have used virgin coconut oil, which by the way still smells of coconuts as it is unrefined, in a range of our handmade organic skin care and body care products:
Coconut & Jojoba Foaming Facial Cleanser (for normal to dry and sensitive skin)