Coconut is known for its fresh and tropical aroma and in recent years it has started to gain popularity and acclaim for its use as a moisturizer in skincare. Beyond smelling great, coconut oil can have a number of benefits for the skin and works especially great in terms of caring for the body.
The Difference Between Coconut Oil and Coconut Extract
Coconut Oil is a well-known ingredient in the beauty world. It is loved by many thanks to its multiple uses and moisturizing and soothing properties. Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids and is easy to apply. Coconut Oil for the body has beneficial effects for almost everyone out there. Coconut Oil is derived by extracting the oil from the raw coconut fruit or dried coconut kernels. Coconut Extract (called Cocos Nucifera Extract), on the other hand, is taken from the actual coconut meat. Coconut Extract is a great humectant with highly moisturizing properties that can help prevent water loss. Both of the ingredients offer similar benefits for skin and hair. Compared to Coconut Oil, Coconut Extract has a different fatty acid composition and because of this, it is considered non-comedogenic and safe for all skin types.
3 Benefits of Coconut in Your Skincare Routine
1. Coconut Moisturizes and Can Help Soothes Dry and Irritated Skin
Skin is continuously exposed to various environmental aggressors, such as pollution, UV damage, dry air, and temperatures that are either too low or too high. Combined with lifestyle factors and aging, the skin barrier function can get severely compromised. Coconut in skincare can help lock in moisture for a healthier looking skin barrier. When holding the water content into the skin, coconut helps improve the overall skin health and the skin feels softer, plumper and more luminous.
2. Coconut is Rich in Fatty Acids
Coconut is an ingredient rich in fatty acids, in fact the lauric acid content in Coconut Oil is composed of nearly 50% of its fatty acids. The fatty acids in both, Coconut Oil and Coconut Extract can provide great skin benefits. Coconut Oil can help with protective barrier functions and skin barrier repair.
3. Coconut Can Provide Antioxidant Benefits
Coconut Extract, derived from the flesh of the fruit, contains phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants that can help shield the skin from oxidative damage, caused by environmental stressors. Antioxidants in skincare are some of the most helpful components when it comes to fighting the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Skincare and Body Products with Coconut
The deep conditioning and hydrating properties of coconut make it very useful to add to bath and body products. For a daily body wash our gentle and nourishing Mario Badescu’s Coconut Body Soap is the perfect addition to your body care routine. The caring formula is enriched with Coconut Extract and Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, Lactobacillus to calm and relieve any dryness and Rice Bran Extract, known for its anti-aging and moisturizing benefits.
To help exfoliate and renew skin, buffing away the dead skin cells a couple of times a week helps maintain silky soft and smooth looking skin. Our Coconut Body Scrub contains a complex of nourishing and refining ingredients to polish the skin while still keeping it hydrated. The formula contains naturally sourced pumice beads in six different sizes to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal a healthy complexion.
For moisturization, coconut oil has often been touted as a go-to with its rich and emollient properties. Mario Badescu’s Coconut Body Oil is the perfect combination for a body oil as the formula is both lightweight and deeply moisturizing. It’s best applied right after your shower while the skin is still damp as this can help to lock in any excess moisture on the skin. The body oil is formulated with skin-softening Coconut Oil, antioxidant-rich Argan Oil, radiance-boosting Apricot Oil and ultra-hydrating Shea Butter for a richly moisturizing complex.
For an extra level of hydration and moisturization a richly moisturizing body butter is a great addition to your body care routine. Our Coconut Body Butter, contains a blend of Shea Butter and Mango Butter for a richly hydrating combination of nourishing butters. With its rich but non-greasy formula the body butter melts into the skin without leaving a heavy residue to visibly improve the skin’s texture and radiance.