Virgin Coconut Oil 5 Benefits for Dry Skin

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Virgin coconut oil is pure cold-pressed coconut oil from the coconut palm fruit.

Virgin coconut oil is rich in beneficial fatty acids that help nourish your skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for plumper looking skin.

There are many benefits of virgin coconut oil for dry skin.

    1. Virgin coconut oil is rich in nutrients
    2. Virgin coconut oil is easily absorbed into dry skin
    3. Virgin coconut oil softens dry skin
    4. Virgin coconut oil relieves dry skin
    5. Virgin coconut oil protects dry skin
    Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

    What is virgin coconut oil?

    Virgin coconut oil (Cocos nucifera) is pure cold-pressed coconut oil from the coconut palm fruit.

    Virgin coconut oil is made by cold pressing the oil from the coconut meat.

    Virgin coconut oil is unrefined - it has not been bleached or deodorized.

    Virgin coconut oil has a strong natural coconut aroma that is buttery and sweet and evokes memories of summer days at the beach.

    Learn more: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

    Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

    1. Virgin coconut oil is rich in nutrients

    Virgin coconut oil is composed of fatty acids, vitamin E polyphenols.

    Virgin coconut oil is mainly composed of saturated fatty acids, including lauric acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid.  

    Fatty acids

    Virgin coconut oil contains fatty acids including:

    • 49% lauric acid 
    • 18% myristic acid
    • 8% palmitic acid
    • 8% caprylic acid
    • 7% capric acid
    • 6% oleic acid

      Polyphenols

      Virgin coconut oil is also rich in polyphenols with antioxidant activity (Marina et al, 2009) that can protect your skin against oxidative stress and damage. 

      Virgin coconut oil has been shown to contain:

      • 5.09 mg/kg ferulic acid 
      • 2.08 mg/kg vanillic acid 
      • 0.45 - 0.90 mg/kg syringic acid 
      • 0.75 mg/kg p-coumaric acid
      • 0.12 mg/kg caffeic acid 

      The total phenolic contents in virgin coconut oil are higher than refined coconut oil (Marina et al, 2009; Rohman et al., 2021).

      Vitamin E

      Coconut oil has been shown to contain small amounts of vitamin E (Shahidi et al, 2016).

      Vitamin E is a family of compounds with different vitamin E activities and antioxidant properties that includes tocopherols and tocotrienols 

      Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

      2. Virgin coconut oil is easily absorbed into dry skin

      Virgin coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts upon contact with your skin.

      The texture of melted virgin coconut oil is thin and light.

      Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your dry skin.

      Virgin coconut oil initially creates an oily, protective barrier on the skin, which is then absorbed fairly quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and plump.

      Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

      3. Virgin coconut oil softens dry skin

      Virgin coconut oil is skin conditioning – it gives skin a soft and smooth appearance, restoring suppleness and improving elasticity.

      Virgin Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin and has clinically been shown to soften and lubricate dry skin (Agero et al, 2004; Verallo-Rowell et al, 2008; Evangelista et al, 2014).

      Coconut oil has been shown to be as effective and safe as mineral oil when applied as moisturizers for mild to moderate dry skin (Agero et al, 2004).

      Coconut oil is rich in beneficial fatty acids that help nourish your skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for plumper looking skin.

      When formulated properly, virgin coconut oil is non-comedogenic and will not clog your pores. 

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      4. Virgin coconut oil relieves dry skin

      Dry skin appears dry, rough, and may scale and flake. It may also show premature signs of aging, like fine line, surface wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

      Symptoms of dry skin include:

      • Loss of skin elasticity
      • Skin feels tight, dehydrated
      • Skin appears dull, rough and blotchy
      • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
      • Fine lines and wrinkles are more pronounced
      • May have itching

      Virgin coconut oil can relieve your dry skin.

      Virgin coconut oil can help reduce flaking from dry skin. It can also alleviate chapping, cracking and roughness due to dryness.

      Virgin coconut oil can also relieve itching due to dry skin.

      Virgin Coconut oil has clinically been shown to improve symptoms of dry skin (Agero et al, 2004; Verallo-Rowell et al, 2008; Evangelista et al, 2014).

      In a study of children with mild to moderate dry skin, topical applications of virgin coconut oil was shown to be effective at decreasing the severity of dry skin and improving skin barrier function (Evangelista et al, 2014).

      Virgin coconut oil can help nourish your skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for plumper looking skin.

      Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

      5. Virgin coconut oil protects dry skin

      Virgin coconut oil is an emollient and can protect the skin's moisture barrier.

      The function of emollients in skincare is to soften the skin, help the skin retain its moisture and to support the skin’s barrier function.

      Skin that does not have sufficient lipid content on its surface can appear dull, dry and rough. Emollients "fill in the gaps" in the skin barrier and soften it along with giving it a healthier look 

      When your skin barrier is healthy, it feels and appears smooth, soft, and plump.

      Virgin coconut oil can protect your skin against chapping, cracking and roughness due to dryness.

      Virgin coconut oil can help protect your dry skin against abuse of the elements, including the drying effects of the sun.   

      Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

      Summary

      There are many benefits of virgin coconut oil for dry skin.

      Virgin coconut oil is rich, creamy and decadent.

      Virgin coconut oil is easily absorbed and makes your dry skin feel soft and plump.

      Coconut oil is rich in beneficial fatty acids that help nourish your skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for plumper looking skin.

      We use organic extra virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed and unrefined.

      Our coconut oil is Fair Trade and comes from a sustainable source. 

      Our virgin coconut oil has a strong natural coconut aroma that is rich, buttery and sweet.

      Dry Skin Love Nourishing Coconut 5% Vitamin C Face Oil is a luxurious face oil made with 9 premium ingredients, including cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil and gentle vitamin C ester tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.

      Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

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      Evangelista MT, Abad-Casintahan F, Lopez-Villafuerte L. The effect of topical virgin coconut oil on SCORAD index, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance in mild to moderate pediatric atopic dermatitis: a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Jan;53(1):100-8.

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      Kelsey JA, Bayles KW, Shafii B, McGuire MA. Fatty acids and monoacylglycerols inhibit growth of Staphylococcus aureus. Lipids. 2006 Oct;41(10):951-61.

      Kitahara T, Koyama N, Matsuda J, Aoyama Y, Hirakata Y, Kamihira S, Kohno S, Nakashima M, Sasaki H. Antimicrobial activity of saturated fatty acids and fatty amines against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Biol Pharm Bull. 2004 Sep;27(9):1321-6.

      Masaki H. Role of antioxidants in the skin: anti-aging effects. J Dermatol Sci. 2010 May;58(2):85-90.

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      Author Information

      Dr. Natasha Ryz, Scientist and Founder of Dry Skin Love Skincare

      Dr. Natasha Ryz is a scientist, skin care expert and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Dry Skin Love Skincare, and she creates skincare products for beauty, dry skin and pain relief.

      Dr. Ryz has a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and she is a Vanier scholar. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

      Natasha is the former Chief Science Officer of Zenabis Global, and she oversaw extraction, analytics, and product development. Her team brought 20 products to market including oils, sprays, vapes and softgels.

      Why I Started A Skincare Company

      Email: natasha.ryz@dryskinlove.com
      Twitter: @tashryz
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