Moisturize Your Skin and Help Relieve Dryness and Flaking by Using Coconut Oil

Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Eng, Lynn, Nuance

Having Dry Skin Problems- Here's What You Can Do - Moisturize Your Skin Every Day.jpg

Try running your finger over your arms and legs, does it leave a white mark? If yes, then you have a dry skin that may also include flaking. Oftentimes, branded skin treatments will not help due to their abrasive or strong chemical ingredients. Thankfully, nature will provide for all our needs if only we are willing to learn. If you want to relieve your dry skin, you may want to think about coconut oil.

Was this helpful? Yes | No
Ad

Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by dry, flaking, scaly, itchy, cracking or tight skin. It is a common problem that most people experience from time to time. It most often affects the thighs, arms, lower legs, lips, face and the side of the abdomen. Be wary though, as the kind of care our skin needs varies with every person, and should be determined by type of skin. Having dry skin really is really annoying, as generally dry skin is due to lack of moisture or proper lubrication to keep your skin hydrated. Below are the most common reasons for dry skin:

Was this helpful? Yes | No
  1. 1
    Winter
    .
    It is common belief that cold weather strips the skin of moisture. The colder months can really wreak havoc on your skin. When the temperature drops, so does the humidity level. To combat this, people usually cover up most of their skin when they're outdoors, however, no matter how much you try and protect your skin from the cold winter air, it will still strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier and cause it to flake. Aside from the temperature outdoors, indoors, we have to deal with the damage heating causes to our skin.
    Winter dry.jpg
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  2. 2
    Over-washing
    .
    For those hygeinomanics (yes, I coined that term), over-washing or bathing can result in a bad case of dry skin. Not only is over-rinsing detrimental to the skin's natural oils, but it also peels off the top layer of the skin, causing dermatitis and other skin problems. Harsh soaps and other cleansers accompanied with washing adds to the problem.
    Over washin.jpg
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  3. 3
    Aging
    .
    As you mature in age, so does your skin. Even people who spend fortunes on keeping their skin wrinkle-free, will, over time, suffer from dry and problematic skin; this is a natural part of the aging process. Aging causes our skin's outer layer, or epidermis to thin, and the pigment-containing cells decrease. These changes affect the skin's elasticity and strength. So do expect an increase in the frequency of dry skin as you age.
    Aging skin.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  4. 4
    Medication
    .
    This is ironic, but the cosmetics and skin lotions you use can indeed contribute to dry, flaking skin. Primarily, anti-zit skin lotions are to blame. The strong fumes and ingredients in these medications can cause the skin to lose minerals and contribute to dry skin. There are other medications, like diuretics, that also cause dry skin.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No

Majestic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has the ability to nourish and heal the skin and has been used in the tropics for hundreds of years. One of the many benefits of using coconut oil is its ability to substitute most of the more toxic, potentially harmful and drying "beauty products" out there on the market. More than 90 percent of coconut oil consists of saturated fats, along with some traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids along with polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is the same.

Was this helpful? Yes | No
  1. 1
    Hydration
    .
    Aside from hydrating the epidermis and preventing undesirable dryness, coconut oil helps to make your skin feel softer. Despite being an oil, you needn't worry about greasiness, as coconut oil won't make your skin feel oily.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  2. 2
    Improves the health of your skin
    .
    Natural coconut oil works to improve the health and elasticity of your skin in numerous ways. Its high moisture-retaining capacity really helps prevent your skin from becoming dry. Its nutrient content nourishes your skin layers deep down.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  3. 3
    Coconut as an antioxidant
    .
    The antioxidant properties help combat the results of harmful free radicals and pollution in the environment, and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal capabilities help reduce the risk of infections.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  4. 4
    Lovely scent
    .
    As a bonus, coconut oil is known for enveloping you with it's natural aroma.
    Coconut oil2.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No

Coconut Oil Skin Treatment

You probably already know that all modern skin medications were originally derived from some organic source and combined with chemicals. These chemicals contribute to their high prices, but not the effectiveness of the product. There are two ways you can utilize coconut oil for dry skin:

Was this helpful? Yes | No
  1. 1
    Virgin Coconut Oil Paste
    .
    Organic VCO.png
    Raw virgin coconut oil is a sure way to moisturize dry, flaking skin. Finding virgin coconut oil on the internet is easy. When looking, always buy organic oil. There is no point trying to heal dry skin with something that might be laced with pesticides and other chemicals. One good example is Nutria Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. To use virgin coconut oil paste:  
    1. Liberally apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on.
    2. Applying the mixture in the morning will protect and moisturize your skin throughout the day.
    3. Applying it in the evening will moisturize and heal your skin overnight. Here's a link to a good product. Organic Coconut Oil
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  2. 2
    Virgin Coconut Oil Capsules
    .
    Now VCO.jpg
    Nourishing the body from the inside is probably one of the most effective methods of healing dry skin. Thankfully, virgin coconut oils are available in capsule and soft gel products. This is recommended if you are a person who doesn't like feel of oil on your skin. Travelers can also benefit from virgin coconut oil (VCO) capsules, one good product example is now foods VCO, here's a link to find: Softgel. Simply follow the instruction on the manufacturer's label, and you're good to go.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No

Four Types of Skin

Virgin coconut oil is best for all skin types above, and it can solve skin problems for every individual, so it's best to have VCO at your disposal - you will not regret it.

  1. 1
    Normal
    .
    Normal.jpg
    Feels comfortable and requires very little attention. Those lucky enough to have this skin type have an effective balance of moisture and oil production to have smooth, healthy skin, together with minimal breakouts. Cleansing with a mild soap every day and using a mild moisturizer as needed is frequently enough for this low-maintenance skin type.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  2. 2
    Dry skin
    .
    Dry skin.JPG
    This can occur at any age, but it's more common as we age. It's uncomfortable, and often includes dry patches that become irritated and itchy. Due to the lack of oil, dry skin is susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles appearing. If your skin type is dry, use virgin coconut oil for moisturizer often. Always remove your makeup before bedtime to increase the comfort level and eliminate chances of unwanted lines.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  3. 3
    Oily
    .
    Oily skin.jpg
    This skin type occurs when the sebaceous glands work overtime and produces too much oil, and gives the skin a shiny and sometimes even greasy appearance. Large pores are often a characteristic for those who have an oily skin type, especially teenagers, who frequently experience zits and acne, reducing their self-esteem. Fortunately, there are virgin coconut oils to keep the oil under control. Are you surprised? Virgin coconut oil nourishes the skin and helps to reduce inflammation, thus reducing or eliminating any scarring that may occur. Also, use of cosmetics and powder soaks way up excessive oil while reducing shine.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  4. 4
    Combination
    .
    Combination skin.JPG
    This is the trickiest type of skin to look after because some areas are generally dry, some oily and a few may be perfectly normal. Oily areas usually can be fount in the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin), while dry areas are typically on the cheeks.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No

Other Causes of Dry Skin

  1. 1
    Diabetes
    .
    One of the earliest symptoms of diabetes is dryness of the skin. In case you are experiencing dryness, particularly in your hands and your feet without any reason, it's a good idea to have yourself tested for diabetes. High blood glucose levels lead to poor movement, and recurrent urination dehydrates your body faster thus causing dehydrated skin. Detecting type 2 diabetes at an early stage may help you get it under control.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  2. 2
    Swimming
    .
    While swimming is good for your health, prolonged periods in the water can be bad for your skin's layer and follicles. The chlorine present in the water in the pool is the main culprit in this. Extended stays in the swimming pool take away the essential level of oil in your skin. Always shower after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  3. 3
    Hypothyroidism
    .
    Skin vco.jpg
    If you're affected by hypothyroidism, it will result in very dry skin and brittle hair. Moisturizing the skin using virgin coconut oils can help with this ailment.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
  4. 4
    Use of hair care products that come into contact with the skin around the hairline could potentially cause an unwanted drying
    .
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No
    Advertisement

Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • A lot of people benefit from applying coconut oil on their skin, but a few may experience irritation. Always test new solutions - even natural ones - on a small area of your body, inside an elbow works well to ensure there's no adverse reaction before utilizing more liberally. Wait for half an hour, and look for any irritation, itchiness or redness. If any are present, you might be hypersensitive to coconut oil.
  • Do not experiment with other "organic" materials if you don't have all the facts, but if you really want to try a new treatment, please research first.
Was this helpful? Yes | No

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Skin Care & Diseases

Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 7,812 times.