The “superfood” revolution is here, and coconut oil is at the forefront. As one of the healthiest oils on earth, its unique combination of fatty acids has profound positive effects on our bodies.
We’ve formulated this miracle ingredient into MANDA Organic Sun Paste for a number of reasons, but we’ll break down just a few. Here are MANDA’s top 5 benefits of coconut oil. Your body and skin will thank you.
Benefit #1: Nourishing & Hydrating
Coconut oil is the most nutrient-dense part of the coconut. Nourishing and hydrating, coconut oil is the best natural moisturizer you can put on your skin! Rich in Vitamin E, it hydrates your skin, helping to restore its moisture by eliminating dead skin cells and strengthening deep skin tissue.
Benefit #2: Rich in Antioxidants
Vitamin E means natural antioxidants, and coconut oil is loaded with them! Antioxidants are essential in helping the skin repair and protect itself against free radicals and other environmental aging factors.
When skin is exposed to high levels of UVA/UVB rays, photo-oxidative damage is induced by the formation of different types of reactive species of oxygen. These forms of reactive oxygen are damaging to the skin and considered to be the primary contributors to sunburns, premature aging, skin discoloration and skin cancers.
As natural skin cell protectors, the antioxidants in coconut oil are known to prevent free radical damage, premature aging and soothe skin conditions like eczema, sunburn, and psoriasis.
Benefit #3: Natural Sun Protection Properties
Commonly known as SPF, coconut oil contains natural sun protection properties. While we don’t recommend only using coconut oil prior to sun exposure, its protectant properties from Vitamin E and antioxidants do help defend your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
Benefit #4: Healthy Fats
The unique fats in coconut oil make it nutrient dense, providing internal and external health benefits. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety. These protein-rich fats are made up of lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. They contain strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which work to kill bacteria and promote blemish-free skin.
Coconut oil’s saturated fats keep skin smooth, help retain skin’s moisture and protect against cracking and premature aging. An added bonus? These healthy fats also nourish your body from the inside.
Benefit #5: Immunity Booster
We’ve mentioned it before: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Thankfully, coconut oil promotes positive internal health properties. As a revered antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent, coconut oil supports healthy metabolic function. These natural protective properties are known to break down candida cells as well as help restore your stomach’s PH levels. When your gut is healthy, so is your immune system.
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