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Using Virgin Coconut Oil on Dry Skin
Thinking about using virgin coconut oil on dry skin? Can this natural oil really moisturize and soften your skin?
A recent study compared the moisturizing properties of virgin coconut oil with mineral oil and found coconut oil improved moisture levels, reduced skin dryness, lessened skin scaling and made skin appear smoother without any change in skin pH or water loss.
If you’re looking for one of the best natural oils for dry skin, take a closer look at the amazing properties of virgin coconut oil!
How Coconut Oil improves Dry Skin
Makati, Philippines – Researchers compared virgin coconut oil and mineral oil to determine which is an effective and safe moisturizer. This controlled study was performed on 34 patients with mild to moderate Xerosis.
Xerosis is the medical term for ‘dry skin’ and it’s a very common condition. Most people with dry skin will use skin lotions made to moisturize and improve the look and feel the skin.
In this study, patients were instructed to apply virgin coconut oil or mineral oil to their legs, twice a day for 2 weeks. The study was double-blind, so neither the participants nor researchers knew what lotion was being used.
Throughout the study, and at the conclusion, researchers measured a number of parameters to determine if there were any changes in the skin’s structure. Factors they measured included:
- Skin moisture
- Amount of water loss on skin
- Acidity levels of skin (pH of skin)
- Amount of dryness, roughness and scaling on skin
Researchers discovered virgin coconut oil was comparable to mineral oil as an effective skin moisturizer.
- Both oils showed improvement in skin hydration and skin lipid levels.
- No change in level of water loss or pH of skin.
- The use of virgin coconut oil leads to better skin improvement.
- Participants using virgin coconut oil found it reduced skin dryness, roughness and scaling better than mineral oil.
Based on this study, it appears you can use virgin coconut oil as a dry skin cure. This natural oil can moisturize your skin and it appeared to work better than mineral oil for reducing skin dryness, roughness and scaling.
How to Use Virgin Coconut Oil on Dry Skin
There are a number of ways you can use coconut oil on your skin. Here’s one method I use in the shower for a daily deep moisturizing and conditioning treatment:
- Shower and exfoliate all over your body.
- While still in the shower take a quarter size amount of virgin coconut oil and rub between your palms to liquify it.
- Massage the coconut oil onto your skin. Repeat this procedure until your entire body is covered in coconut oil.
- Be careful not to get oil on the bottom of your soles as the coconut oil may make the tub surface slippery.
- After covering your body in coconut oil rinse warm water all over your body. You’ll see the water form little beads all over your body.
- Step out of the shower and use your towel to gently pat dry your skin. Make sure you pat dry and don’t rub. This will leave a nice thin layer of coconut oil on your skin.
The best time to do this treatment may be right before going to bed after showering or bathing. This may give your skin time to absorb the coconut oil overnight while you sleep.
Remember to use only a thin layer of oil on your skin. Using too much coconut oil will leave the skin feeling a little greasy.
Depending on your skin’s initial condition, your skin may stay softer and smoother after a couple of treatments. You may even eliminate using traditional body lotions after trying coconut oil.
Using coconut oil for skin moisturizing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. After a couple weeks of these treatments you may not experience any more dry itchy skin; even during the cold dry winter months. Here are some testimonials from people who’ve used coconut oil for different skin conditions.
Coconut oil is also good for dry skin on legs. This healthy oil doesn’t dry out your skin so you can apply it as often as you want for instant moisture and skin softening.
You can also use virgin coconut oil as a natural hair conditioner and moisturizer. This is one of the best ways to deep condition dry damaged hair. And speaking from experience, this method really works! Try it yourself and see what kind of results you get.
How to Avoid Getting Dry Skin
Avoid using soaps that cause dry skin. Natural, organic soaps, such as tea tree oil soaps, are probably the best kind of soap for your skin. These offer natural cleansing without drying and stripping out your skin oils.
Don’t take long and frequent hot baths or showers. Feels good, but these can also dry out your skin.
Environments with low humidity can dry your skin.
Exposure to cold temperatures (cold temperatures have lower humidity).
Side effect of some medications.
Not getting enough water in your diet.
Being exposed to hot and windy environments.
Use virgin coconut oil on your skin every time you take a bath or shower.
Using lotions and creams with natural emollients can help soften the skin and treat the symptoms of dry skin.
The right products may help lessen water loss by reducing scaling and flaking of the outer skin layers. It’s important to apply the moisturizer right after taking a shower or bath, while your skin is still moist.
People in tropical countries have used coconut oil as a dry skin cure for decades. This study shows coconut oil is one of the best natural oils for dry skin; and is more effective than mineral oil.
Are you looking for another all-natural product that may help improve skin tone, increase moisture levels and treat dry skin?
Emu oil has been used by the Aborigines of Australia for hundreds of years as a dry skin cure and is now gaining popularity as a natural skin care product.
A randomized double-blind controlled trial comparing extra virgin coconut oil with mineral oil as a moisturizer for mild to moderate xerosis. Virgin Coconut oil on dry skin study. Department of Dermatology, Makati Medical Center, Makati City, Philippines. Dermatitis. 2004 Sep;15(3):109-16. Agero AL, Verallo-Rowell VM.