Our skin is a barrier, stopping harmful organisms from penetrating the skin.
The chemical structure of coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids, which are small molecules, making it easily absorbed into the skin.
Our skin is a barrier, stopping harmful organisms from penetrating the skin. Our skin contains glands called sebum, which produce an oil similar to coconut oil. Sebum is a medium-chain fatty acid which helps to lubricate the skin and hair and prevent fungal and bacterial infections from entering the body.
The sebum can be damaged by washing or through broken skin. Using coconut oil as a moisturiser can help the skin to re-establish this natural chemical barrier.
To use coconut oil as a moisturiser: apply to dry skin, put a small amount of the oil into the palm of your hands, rub together then smooth over skin. A little goes a long way. Try doing every day.