Increasingly many of us like to see natural ingredients in our skincare products, preferring to veer away from too many ‘chemicals’ (in inverted commas because ultimately everything is a chemical), and keep things as close to nature as possible. The result is some really beautiful inclusions that inspire the imagination as well as the senses. One such skincare ingredient is coconut. So what are the benefits of coconut in skincare?
The most common way in which we think of coconut in skincare is in the form of coconut oil. Lots of people like to use it in its raw form, straight from the jar as a moisturiser or hair mask. Mainly composed of saturated fats, it’s known for being super hydrating, easily absorbed by the skin and helping to keep skin moisturised. All good things – especially for those of us with dry skin.
However, for many of us, using coconut oil in its pure form, is just a bit too messy, in which case we prefer to see it incorporated into something a little more purposeful. When incorporated into creams, cleansers and other products, manufacturers use everything from the shell (used in powder form) and the pulp to the milk. Although it’s still the oil that remains the skincare hero.
The big thing about coconut is that it contains lots of fatty acids. They help to hydrate and protect skin, retain moisture and balance skin pH. It even has some antibacterial properties. As a result, some of the reported benefits include:
There are lots of skincare products containing coconut on the market – some more natural than others so it’s important to read the labels and look into the provenance of the ingredients and the ethics of the brand.
A few personal favourites include:
This UK based brand is known for its eco and ethical credentials. Founded for sensitive skin, their Moisture Injection Conditioner blends coconut with peach kernel oil and jojoba oil to sooth dry hair and add shine.
Jennifer Young is well known in the spa world for creating products that are suitable for anyone who has experienced or is experiencing cancer. However, anyone can (and should) enjoy her skincare line. All natural and super gentle, her Well Being Beauty Sleep Ritual Shea Moisturising Mousse contains a myriad of delicious ingredients, including coconut oil. It’s designed to nourishes the mind and skin, help with anxiety and stress and gently moisturise.
This is at the luxurious end of the spectrum, but it is a real treat for the skin. It has a gel-cream feel and includes things like shea and murumuru Butters, sesame and coconut oils, vitamin E and a tomato stem cell extract. It can be used on face, neck, chest, hands and elbows.
From one of the spa world’s most esteemed product brands, Elemis’ Frangipani Monoi Body Oil is a little bit of the spa experience to take home. Indulgent, moisturising and reminiscent of tropical holidays, it contains frangipani, monoi and coconut oils to nourish the body and restore peace and harmony to the mind.
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