Most of us know by now that coconut oil is the hot new trend. I mean, let’s face it, people are going nuts with coconut oil! They are frying vegetables in it, smearing it on toast, rubbing it on their skin, combing it through their hair, and taking it in pill tablets!
Some major food store chains have had to expand their shelves to stay stocked and meet consumer demands!
But, why? It wasn’t that long ago that coconut oil was considered a food to be avoided because of its saturated fat content. In a nation known for obesity, clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and heart disease, shouldn’t we avoid such a questionable oil?
On the contrary. Extensive studies have suggested that unadulterated coconut, not hydrogenated oil, is full of healthy fatty acids which are not only easy for the body to burn but also a vital substance. Coconut oil benefits the production of HDL, or ‘good cholesterol,’ and improves cholesterol ratios. Therefore, studies suggest the fears we used to have about coconut oil were completely unfounded.
Who Knew There Was Such A Thing As GOOD FAT?
Good fats are particularly beneficial to your skin and hair. Healthy fat digestion leads to your body’s ability to manage its production of sebum, or body oil. Sebum serves the purpose of lubricating your hair and preventing it from being too course and susceptible to damage, as well as providing your skin with the right amount of moisture.
Sebum creates a healthy layer of oil over your skin cells which prevents the rapid loss of water. This means sebum keeps your skin from being dehydrated and dry.
Fatty acids have the unique ability to be absorbed deep into the skin. Their natural antioxidants can help guard against environmental stressors while their combination of rich vitamins firm, moisturize, and brighten the appearance of skin.
Just like most solutions, coconut oil does not work for everyone. Of course, oily skin types, which battle with a greasy feeling, will most likely not be comfortable with coconut oil. Some people have applied coconut oil on their faced and then experienced a breakout. Yet there are ways to deeply moisturize your skin without running the risk of uncomfortable and often embarrassing breakouts.
Can Coconut Oil Cause Breakouts?
For those with oily skin, it can be difficult to see the benefits. Oily skin can have the appearance of thick, oily, blackheads and greasy skin. But, those with oily skin don’t experience the environmental stresses caused by dry or dehydrated skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are not as common for oily skin.
For oily skin, the sebaceous glands, which cover our entire body with the exception of the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet, are overactive. The skin produces too much sebum. This can be caused by genetics, families often share skin types, or by a disruption. Harsh chemicals that strip the skin of oil can cause a defensive response where the body panics and creates more sebum.
However it starts, oily skin leads to uncomfortable problems like a greasy appearance, runny make-up, blackheads, and a thick or coarse texture. All of these conditions could cause a buildup which leads to the occurrence of occasional breakouts.
Oily Skin Still Needs Hydration
The presence of oil is not the same as hydrated skin. Hydration is to water as moisture is to oil. Hydration happens when skin cells are plump with water. Moisturization happens when oil helps skin cells hold their water. However, oil can only do its job for the skin when skin cells have the proper hydration.
One of the greatest mistakes that people with oily skin make is to withhold hydration in the fear of breakouts. The skin gets irritated and often produces more oil. Of course, this only serves to worsen the problem.
Searching for answers, many consumers have turned to coconut oil. After all, it is revered as the miracle solution, right? There is a myriad of articles that claim coconut oil is perfect for oily skin. That is too much of a blanket statement. Is coconut oil perfect for treating hormonal acne?
Of course, coconut oil cannot solve all problems. But, coconut oil has antibacterial properties that help cleanse the skin and alleviate blackheads. Fatty acids, nutrients, and vitamins help rejuvenate and support healthy skin cell functions. This keeps them plump and appearing refreshed.
So, to answer the question of whether or not coconut oil is good for oily skin, it truly depends on the cause of your oily skin. Some people have applied coconut oil to their oily skin and found that it helps keep skin hydrated, which results in lowering their body’s natural production of sebum. Others have tried it and experienced breakouts.
Which Coconut Oil Should Be Used On Skin?
It’s not uncommon for sites to encourage people to use extra virgin coconut oil for their skin. The reasoning being that extra virgin oil is the closest to the raw material. Therefore, it is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants than any oil that has been bleached, refined, and deodorized.
But if you have ever bought extra virgin coconut oil you know the problem in this reasoning. It is solid at room temperature, which means it has to be cut out in little chunks before being applied to the skin. Not to mention, once it melts on the skin, it is far too heavy and often leaves skin feeling incredibly greasy. It may even cause breakouts.
Fractionated coconut oil, or coconut oil that is liquid at room temperature, is a lot easier to manage. Fractionated refers to the processes where the long-chain fatty acids, which are responsible for its solid nature, are removed. It lacks some of the healthy fatty acids, like lauric acid, but is still rich with a large number of medium-chain fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Fractionated coconut oil serves well as a carrier oil for many other helpful ingredients. It penetrates the skin deeply and rejuvenates skin function. Unlike extra virgin coconut oil, it absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feeling. It is also less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.
Another helpful practice is to blend a few different types of oils to create the right balance for your skin. Some people have tired blending coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil.
Try using a dry skin brush all over your body. Then apply coconut oil, or a blend of oils, to your skin directly after you have showered. Allow the oil to sit for a few minutes, and then rinse excess oil off. The goal is to balance moisture without clogging your pores.
The Right Combination Of Hydration And Moisturization
Dry skin causes a build-up of dead skin cells which cause blackheads and clogged pores. Facial oil will not help if the skin lacks the appropriate balance of water. Skin needs to be hydrated.
The first step to providing your skin with the proper amount of hydration is, of course, to drink more water. But, the water we consume is often used up with our bodies defenses. So, there are topical solutions that help keep skin cells plump with water, creating the appearance of round luxuriant skin.
The best way to provide your skin with the proper amount of hydration and moisturization is to first apply our enzyme mask which infuses skin cells with vitamins, nutrients, and water while clearing away dead skin, and then to apply a skin oil (after removing the enzyme mask of course).
If you are struggling with finding an effective skin oil, it may just be that you need to combine it with our enzyme mask.
Here at TRUST Beauty, we are committed to using ingredients rich with vitamins, phytonutrients, and adaptogens. We avoid the use of harsh ingredients that chemically alter the skin.
We believe that the best way to care for your skin is to support your body’s natural defenses against environmental toxins and stressors. By supporting your skin’s ability to adapt, we provide what is needed for your skin to age with strength and grace.