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Why It Matters Which Type Of Coconut Oil You Use On Your Skin

This post is sponsored by Kapuluan Coconut Oil, a Fair Trade, organic, high-quality coconut beauty oil that is great for your skin. EcoCult’s advertising partners are always vetted to be the good guys. Support EcoCult by supporting them! 

Coconut oil has been rightly touted as the swiss army knife of health and personal care – it is good for almost everything! However, if you are not using a high-quality Raw Organic Coconut Oil, which contains all of the essential nutrients, you might as well not use it at all.

It might be tempting to grab one of those bathtub-sized tubs of coconut oil to slather on your skin. Especially when high-quality coconut oil is pricey compared to your typical (toxic) moisturizing lotion. But there are several good reasons to pay attention to the labels when selecting a coconut oil that is good for your face and is good for your skin as a moisturizer:

  1. Organic: Organic coconut oil means the coconuts were sourced from a coconut farm that has certified organic soil and doesn’t use pesticides. Besides the fact that pesticides kill and poison all types of bugs in these fragile tropical climates – not just the palm tree pests – you don’t want to put pesticides on your own skin, which absorbs whatever you put on it directly into your bloodstream. (Just think about birth control or nicotine patches. They effectively deliver their substances into your bloodstream, just like taking a pill does.) Organic coconut oil production also prohibits the use of the chemical hexane in extraction, another benefit. When using coconut oil for your face or skin, choose something pure!
  2. Virgin: Virgin coconut oil is made from fresh coconut. Refined coconut oil is made from dried (cooked) coconut, called copra. The main difference in these two is that virgin retains a pleasant, tropical coconut smell, while retaining all of the many nutrients that can benefit your skin, such as vitamin E and antioxidants. That makes virgin coconut oil better for moisturizing your face and skin. It is pure, natural, and unprocessed. Because copra yields a brown, contaminated coconut oil, this type of oil has to be refined, bleached and deodorized, often using chemicals. This oil is used in most soaps and personal care products as “cocos nucifera”, or just “coconut oil”. No thanks. However! Many brands use the term Virgin, or Extra Virgin, which are just marketing terms. More important is the form of extraction and whether heat is applied during processing…
  3. Cold-pressed: If you’re going to use coconut oil as a moisturizer, you want it to be raw, and packed with as many nutrients as possible. But when heat is applied to a raw material, whether it be fruit, vegetables, or coconut oil, it essentially starts to break down the composition of the product. You could think about it in terms of your dinner: Your kale or quinoa goes bad a lot faster than when it’s in its raw form. Similarly, when you cut an apple and leave it exposed to air, it starts to oxidize and go brown. Coconut is no different; once it has been cut open, the oxidizing process begins. Therefor, coconuts should be processed quickly and unheated. During processing, if heat is applied to extract the oil (which is the common way to do it), the coconut is cooked, and subsequently broken down; and the nutrients and overall composition is destroyed.

Kapuluan hand-pressed, small-batch coconut oil is made on the farm and without the use of large industrialized equipment, avoiding heat and producing the finest quality coconut oil. The coconuts are cleaned with purified water, not chemicals, bleaches, chlorine, or other toxic chemicals. All the coconuts are inspected, and any spoiled coconuts are removed. All these make Kapuluan, which comes in a pretty tube that makes it easy to apply to your skin, the best beauty choice!

Learn more about how Kapuluan benefits both farmers and your beauty regimen at their website.

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