Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nuciferais) is one of the most effective, chemical-free, anti-aging natural moisturizers your skin could ask for. Period. It is cold-pressed from the flesh found inside the shell. Try to buy organic and, please, avoid solvent extracted as it is a much less desirable oil. Coconut oil is resistant to rancidity and has about a two-year shelf life.
You can see in the photograph above, my Coconut oil is solid. This happens at temperatures below 76 degrees F (I had just removed it from the fridge). Above 76 degrees, it becomes a liquid oil. Did you know Coconut Oil is really considered a butter?
Coconut Oil is high in anti-oxidants that penetrate the underlying tissues of your skin. This prevents and protect against the formation of free radicals (those nasty critters that break down your skin’s connective tissue with aging).
It is a superb base for all essential oil blends, but in particular for formulations created to help dry, itchy skin. Will it clog your pores? Nope! You can also use it “as is” on your skin as a moisturizer – with none of the chemicals in commercial moisturizers! It actually creates a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin.
I have rosacea and use it during a flare up because of it’s cooling nature. It’s also great in soaps because it makes them lather well, and in body butters because the lauric acid gives them a lovely smooth texture.
In a (Coco)nut shell, here are some of the outstanding features of Coconut Oil.
- Softens and lubricates the skin
- Helps bring back a youthful appearance
- Mild and nourishing for inflamed, irritated and sensitive skin.
- Heals, repairs damaged skin
- Prevent premature aging of skin
- Assist in the prevention of liver spots caused by aging and over-exposure to sunlight.
- Great base for sensitive skin
- Cooling properties
- Prevents dry hair and lips
- Use in nail and cuticle treatment
- Soothing for dry, itchy skin
Anti-Aging Face Butter
1 oz Beeswax
3 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Mango Butter
8 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
Four 1 oz glass jars
Melt the Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Mango Butter first.
Immediately after you pour the hot butters into your jars, add your essential oil to one of the jars. Add the 12 drops of essential oils to just ONE of the jars (this will be a 2% blend).
I suggest this in case you want to save the other three jars and remelt them later adding different essential oils. For example Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) for sunburn or Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) for psoriasis.
Refreshing Lip Balm
Jojoba oil, .5oz
Coconut oil, 2.5 oz
Beeswax, .5 oz
35 drops of steam distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil
(Note: neither of these are phototoxic essential oil, making them good choices for the lips)
Four 1 oz glass jars
Where to Buy Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can buy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and any good health food store.