Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, and Shea Butter: Complementary Skin Moisturizing and Healing Properties

Dermatologists and medical researchers from all over the world are enthusiastic about the benefits of coconut oil, milk, and water for the body and skin. According to “Coconut Oil: Amazing Health, Skin and Cooking Benefits,” (2013) using coconut oils and coconut body lotion can prevent skin from dryness and flakiness while promoting extremely soft and glowing skin. Coconut oil’s ability to lock in skin moisture is significantly higher than other traditional emollients and is even more effective than rich lanolin.

Fatty Acids and Natural Tocopherols

Harvard University School of Medicine reports that coconut oil, on the skin and in the diet, can actually help to make skin tissue stronger over time while promoting skin cell turnover. Fatty acids, including caprylic, capric, and lauric varieties, help to keep skin supple, and this can delay the process of wrinkle formation. Researchers believe that coconut oil’s composition is the reason why. It contains high levels of natural tocopherols, also known as Vitamin E, which protect the skin. In fact, coconut oil is so effective at protecting and promoting skin health, it’s been found to promote healing in patients with psoriasis and eczema. Many doctors recommend coconut oil products to patients with severe sunburn or insect bites and stings. 

Healing Properties of Aloe and Shea

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Some researchers also recommend aloe vera and shea butter to promote skin health. Aloe vera was considered the plant of the immortals during ancient Egyptian times. The plant’s leaves were given to the dead as a gift on their way to the afterlife. 

Today, researchers know that aloe has commendable healing properties. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) says gel from the leaves can be applied directly to the skin for the purpose of wound healing or soothing irritations. The gel is naturally antiseptic.

Shea butter is derived from karate shea tree nuts from Africa. Raw shea butter’s plentiful levels of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids make it a natural anti-inflammatory aid and moisturizer. People around the world have ground nuts from the shea treat to relieve dry skin, hair, and lips. According to the American Shea Butter Institute, natural shea butter is a fast-acting moisturizer that can even soften and heel extremely dry or cracked skin.

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The benefits of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe, and shea butter are known to relieve and heal dry skin. Products which combine these ingredients offer complementary skin moisturizing and healing benefits.

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