A Guide To Cold Pressed Coconut OilSoumya Nair
Coconut oil is the multi-tasking beauty essential and has been touted as a miracle ingredient when it comes to beauty, for good reason.
It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids, which makes it the perfect ingredient for skin care.
The coconut oil skincare trend is on the rise and luckily, it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
However, not all oils are created equal. Unfortunately, many products have been processed so much that they lose many of the benefits it has to offer.
So, this is where cold-pressed coconut oil steps in.
To get the most out of coconut oil in your skincare routine it’s recommended to stick with cold-pressed wherever possible.
And here’s why:
What is cold-pressed coconut oil?
If you are new to cold-pressed ingredients, we recommend checking out our guide to cold-pressed skincare to get you up to speed.
Essentially, cold-pressed means the oil is removed without the use of heat which results in a pure and higher quality product. It even helps to retain the natural scent of the coconut which transfers directly to the product without the use of synthetic fragrances.
Most importantly, the cold-press technique helps to retain more of the oil’s nutrients compared to more common processing methods.
Now that we know the differences, what are the benefits?
What are the benefits cold pressed coconut oil for skincare?
Choosing an organic cold-pressed coconut oil means that a gentler process is used to make it, which doesn’t include parabens, chemicals or other additives in the finished product, a bonus for your skin!
You can use it anywhere on your body, from your head down to your toes.
Here are just some of the other benefits of cold pressed coconut oil for you skin:
Nutritious and Protective:
Coconut oil is packed with skin-friendly nutrients, from vitamins A and E to magnesium and potassium. And thanks to its antioxidant properties, coconut oil can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.
It is also known for its high levels of fatty acids which form a nourishing layer on the skin that helps to retain moisture and maintain water balance.
Coconut oil contains over 100 different antioxidants, which can help improve the skin’s look and feel.
Plus, coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), which have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
The incredible antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help protect your skin from outside elements.
This helps to ward off skin problems like acne, redness, & inflammation and keeps your face looking well-cared for which is especially important during harsh winter weather or our more recent scorching summers!
Cold-pressed coconut oil can be absorbed easier by your skin allowing it to get to work much sooner.
The vitamin E, fatty acids, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, can all contribute to healthier, softer and more beautiful skin with a natural healthy glow.
In its purest form coconut oil is fantastic at hydrating the skin, which is why it’s so popular as a moisturiser.
One surprising effect that is often overlooked, is the fact that coconut oil can act as a protective layer on top of the skin and actually lock in moisture.
The vitamin E present in coconut oil can support your skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself, resulting in a younger-looking appearance.
Our skin cells replace themselves every 26 days on average. And as our body ages, this process slows down due to a loss of vitality or the energy needed for skin cell regeneration.
So, as we get older our skin becomes thinner and drier.
Coconut oil restores moisture to dried up skin and stimulates blood circulation through its anti-oxidant (vitamin E) properties, while also reducing wrinkles as a result of collagen production stimulation.
The youthful-looking result will have you feeling radiant and confident both inside and out!
Can cold pressed coconut oil be used for hair care?
Cold pressed coconut oil is a healthy alternative to many hair care products. Anyone with dry, dehydrated hair can absolutely benefit from it.
Coconut oil also works best on clean hair. if your hair is loaded with hairspray or any other product which prevents the coconut oil from penetrating your hair then you might need to wash and let it dry first before applying for the best results.
But keep in mind that coconut oil is well, oily, and a little greasy.
If you have particularly thin or naturally oily hair, coconut oil might weigh your hair down or make your scalp and hair even oilier – unless you need more moisture in those particular areas.
However, anyone with extremely dry, curly, or natural hair will mostly benefit from using coconut oil to stretch out the time between washes!
If we were to list all the benefits you would probably go grey before you finished reading, so here are just some of the reasons why cold-pressed coconut oil is great for hair care:
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Coconut oil is packed with vitamins and beneficial fatty acids that nourish the scalp and hair. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory; it prevents dryness, brittleness, and breakage of the hair.
Boosts Hair Growth:
Coconut oil has a rich source of antioxidants, which help to nourish your hair while boosting it’s natural growth.
The nutrients in coconut oil help to keep your scalp healthy and free of excess oil.
Coconut oil is packed with everything from lauric acid to caprylic acid and is great for conditioning your hair.
Coconut oil helps to form an inner defense layer around the scalp to protect hair roots from common damage from environmental aggressors including heat, pollution and most importantly, the sun.
By keeping these damaging environmental agents at bay, you allow your hair to grow healthily.
Managing tangled, rough hair can be tough to say the least, however, cold pressed coconut oil is a gentle way to eliminate the tangles and restore your strands back to their original soft state.
It will work to soften and moisturise your hair which can help you detangle your hair a little easier without leaving any residue behind.
Slipping a few drops of coconut oil into your palm and then applying it to the ends of your hair can make for an instant brush-out serum for those difficult tangles.
Moisturises The Scalp:
Coconut oil is known as a fantastic moisturiser for skin, but this also applies to the scalp too.
Coconut oil makes an excellent hair moisturizer especially for a dry hair type.
When applied to the scalp and left in for at least twenty minutes (but not longer than one hour), can effectively moisturize dry and damaged hair leaving it soft and smoother with less split ends and breakages.
Relieves Scalp Irritation:
The hot and dry weather has a terrible effect on the health of our hair and scalp. Your hair exposed to both heat from the sun as well as artificial heat that comes from any styling tools.
The intense heat on your scalp causes it to sweat and it turn causes breakouts at its surface in addition to bleaching or burning it.
The antibacterial properties can soothe this irritation as well as tone down the redness present on skin that’s been harmed by too much heat exposure.
How to use cold-pressed coconut oil in your skincare routine:
Coconut oil can be used daily or as needed.
There are a number of ways to incorporate the benefits of cold pressed coconut oil into your beauty and skincare regimen.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use coconut oil in your skincare routine:
As a moisturizer:
Cold pressed coconut oil is a fantastic moisturiser for your skin.
Coconut oil contains triglycerides, which are molecules that can penetrate the skin and deliver nutrition directly to your skin cells. Because coconut oil has such a high concentration of triglycerides, it acts as a natural moisturiser, protecting your skin from dryness.
It is also rich in medium-chain fatty acids, most notably lauric acid which helps remove bacteria and keep your skin hydrated.
This acid is very similar to our natural body oils, making it much easier to absorb into your skin, providing an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effect on your skin.
As a lip balm:
Touted as a natural solution for chapped and damaged lips – by adding the right routine with coconut oil into your day, you can have smooth and supple lips that feel great and look outstanding when wearing lipstick.
• Daytime Lip Routine
Especially helpful during the cold winter months! Try applying a few drops of liquid coconut oil in the morning to soothe your chapped lips. The rich antioxidants that can repair damaged cells while the lauric acid can penetrate and moisturise your lips.
You can apply a spoonful of coconut oil right after you get out of the shower and leave it on as a thin layer before putting on lip balm or gloss normally with regular frequency.
If you notice some dry skin on your lips, you can massage them with a dab of coconut oil in the morning before heading out into the sun and regular application throughout the day will keep them supple all day long.
• Nighttime Lip Routine
You can put a dab of coconut oil to good use as an overnight mask for your lips. This can do wonders in softening and moisturizing your lips.
The moisture in coconut oil makes a great carrier oil for many products.
Try using coconut oil with other natural ingredients like honey or avocado (or both!) for healthy lip butter to keep chapped skin away during the colder seasons!
As a shaving cream:
Coconut oil makes a great shaving cream from your face to your legs.
Cold-pressed coconut oil works as barrier between the skin and the blades of a shaving razor. It also prevents knicks which occur when the razor moves too fast. This also prevents any red bumps or irritation from appearing after your shave.
And afterwards, you can just moisturise with more coconut oil!
PLEASE NOTE: While we would love these tips as much as the next person, we would also like to add that while this is an okay way to add moisture back into your skin, it may be wrongfully replacing the moisture intake given naturally by water throughout the day.
So, we also suggest to keep drinking plenty of water with your new skincare routine!
What should I look for when buying cold pressed coconut oil?
You should make sure you’re buying the purest, most beneficial cold pressed coconut oil.
Look to buy from a company that uses only the best quality raw materials in their oils.
The second important factor to consider is the method of extraction used in the oils.
Always look for cold-pressed first for a more nutritious and healthier option for your skin & hair because it is not damaged by heat and contains more nutrients, vitamins, fatty acids, and will even have a more natural scent than regular oils.
We also recommend buying from a supplier who has a commitment to sustainability, focuses on fair trade, and to ensure the coconuts they use are ethically sourced.
Especially when buying cold pressed, you want to ensure the ingredients are carefully handled, and of high quality to get the best results for your skin.
Does cold pressed coconut oil expire?
It doesn’t necessarily “go bad” quickly, but it can lose its natural scent within 12-18 months.
So most cold-pressed oils will generally have a shorter shelf life than regular cosmetics, but that doesn’t mean they will damage your skin, or expose you to any harmful toxins.
They will just lose their potency a lot quicker than regular cosmetics.
However, It can become rancid after some time once it is exposed to air. So it’s best to store coconut oils at a cool temperature protected from light. And after that 12-18 month mark just keep a check on any signs that the product may be going a little funky.
Risks of coconut oil for skincare:
Coconut oil in particular is highly comedogenic, meaning that it clogs the skin – so for someone who already suffers with problematic skin conditions (namely blackheads & acne) then it may actually cause more harm than good.
For someone with particularly oily skin it’s best to go with a lighter oil such as jojoba, vitamin E or even rosehip seed instead of going with one that may give you problems down the road.
Also, when it comes to sunburn, as tempting as it may be, when applying coconut oil on an existing sunburn, it does more harm than good. It’s a bit counterintuitive, considering that its purpose is to lock in moisture for dry, wintery skin – but when used on already-sunburnt skin, coconut oil acts as a sealant and traps in the heat.
We always recommend aloe vera instead for sunburn.
However, if you wait until your skin has healed after a few days you can move to coconut oil to help with hydration and inflammation.
Is cold-pressed coconut oil worth the hype?
We know that it’s important to take good care of your body and your skin. With this coconut oil, you can ensure that your skin has everything it needs to look and feel healthy.
Coconut is the number 1 oil when it comes to “antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids”.
And cold-pressed coconut oil is the purest form of coconut oil and follows the “long organic chain” of the fatty acids, which is what makes coconut oil super rich.
If you want to get started with cold-pressed skincare, you can check out our organic coconut scrub soap bar.
Here at Mytri Wellness we use only natural ingredients, and all our products are cold pressed. Our customers can always attest to that.
If you have any questions about cold pressed products feel free to contact us anytime in the comments, on our social or directly here get in touch through email. We are always more than happy to help.