This week I wanted to talk about a power ingredient in the B&W Body butters. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is used for many things and there are many reasons why I knew it had to be a main ingredient in my body butters.
There are a few different types of coconut oil, some can be used in skincare, hair care and even cooking. It's a natural, vegan ingredient that doesn't tend to irritate the skin but actually help heal and protect it. So what are the different types of coconut oil. Let's get into it.
There are two main types of coconut oil. Refined and unrefined. Refined coconut oil undergoes processing that removes its aroma and flavour. This is usually better for cooking as it has a high smoke point and can withstand heat really well. However, because it has no aroma it would have had to been deodorised or bleached. Unrefined coconut oil is better to be used in skincare and hair care but can also be used for cooking.
Coconut oil is extracted from the flesh of the coconut from the palm trees, which is also known as the kernel.
Coconut oil can come in a few different forms. It sometimes has an ever changing inconsistent texture which can be quite frustrating if used in skincare.
You then also have fractionated coconut oil, this is my personal preference as it has a consistent, lightweight texture. Regular coconut oil only becomes liquid under high temperatures (78 degrees F) and has a greasy feel. Because of this unique difference, fractionated coconut oil is best used for therapeutic purposes and cosmetic products.
So how can coconut oil benefit the skin. Here's just a few ways coconut oil can benefit you.
- Helps to heal burns
- Protects the skin
- Helps protect your skins natural barrier
- Locks in your skins natural moisture whilst also providing moisture
- Reduces inflammation and irritation
- Helps with chafed skin
So now you know a little more about coconut oil, here's some products that I would highly recommend you use and add into your body care routine.