Anti-aging creams are predominantly moisturizer-based cosmetic products developed by pharmaceuticals and marketed with the promise of making the consumer look younger by reducing, masking or preventing signs of skin aging, such as sagging, wrinkles, redness, brown discolorations, yellowing, abnormal growths, and/or poor texture.

Despite great demand as a result of so many often biased and pharmaceutical-funded studies, many anti-aging products and treatments have not been proven to give lasting or major positive effects. One non-biased study found that the best performing creams reduced wrinkles by less than 10% over 12 weeks, which is not even noticeable to the human eye. Another of this type of non-commercial funded study found that cheap moisturizers were as effective as high-priced anti-wrinkle creams.

To put many of these “cosmeceutical” skin care products to shame, one of the most versatile skin ingredients that actually offers genuine results is coconut oil. Yes natural, unprocessed coconut oil that you buy for your kitchen offers incredible benefits (and results) for anti-aging of skin, including: strengthening underlying epidermal tissue utilizing its vitamin-E, removing dead skin cells, protecting your skin from sunburns, and containing antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research. The same is true for your skin.

The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, thus enhancing its skin-nourishing properties.

Coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara, which does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual. Many studies have even shown that coconut oil is strong enough to fight chronic skin diseases characterized by defects in the epidermal barrier function and cutaneous inflammation, including atopic dermatitis (AD).

Use coconut oil on both your skin and hair to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heal wounds or scars quicker, and prevent razor burn. Coconut oil used internally is also beneficial for your looks. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, plus loads of healthy fats that help nourish your gut and increase immune function. According to research, coconut oil is great for atopic dermatitis, many women swear by its use as a nighttime moisturizer for their face, too.

Healthy skin is just like any other organ in your body: It continuously needs oxygen and nutrients to be brought to the cells, and toxins need to be washed away. Therefore, coconut oil helping with hormonal and digestive function is crucial for optimal skin health.

Coconut oil is famous throughout the world not only as an edible oil and hair tonic, but also as an excellent massage oil and moisturizer and anti-aging remedy for the skin. In the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, natives use coconut oil for skin, as it protects from the sun’s harmful rays. So this natural oil, without any chemical or additives, can protect the skin in some of the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than our processed and artificial sun creams, full of harmful chemicals.

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