Treating Eczema with Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

In my last post I covered the advantages of adding Coconut Oil in what you eat to help treat and prevent your eczema, in this post I’ll go into using it as a moisturizer instead. The procedure of properly applying Coconut Oil as a moisturizer is just like how you would apply any other lotion or cream but we’ll go into a few tips specific to applying coconut oil after covering the basics.

Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides which work as deep moisturizers and provide your skin with protection against environmental damage. Coconut oil has also been said to provide protection against the suns UV rays but I have been unable to find detailed research that backs that up. It also contains antioxidants and contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. This is what gives Coconut Oil its long shelf life of over twelve months, as well as its antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities. It also contains Vitamin E which is known to be good for skin health.

Moisturizing 101

– The right time to moisturize is right after a warm bath or shower, your pores will remain open for a bit making this the best time to soak up that moisturizer. – Pat yourself dry with the towel rather than rubbing or wiping yourself completely dry, you don’t want to strip all the moisture off your body from the bath or shower itself. To trap the moisture that’s already on the skin the best time to apply moisturizer is while the skin is still damp. – As you cover each area of the body take your time working the moisturizer in as you go.

Beyond the Basics

Coconut Oil liquefies at temperatures over 75 degrees Fahrenheit but is solid at lower temperatures, so that you can easily apply it as a moisturizer you need to apply some light heat. To liquefy the Coconut Oil you can run the bottle under some warm water or just bring the container into the shower with you, it liquefies easily so that’s all it should take usually.

Wait a few minutes for the Coconut Oil to soak in after applying to avoid any oil stains on your clothes, this is uncommon but something to consider. You can always pat the extra off with your towel if it doesn’t absorb all the way.

You need to be aware that Coconut Oil has a noitceable scent. Most people actually like the smell of Coconut oil but you may not be one of them. The smell will be strongest right after application but dissipates pretty quickly, it’s like any other scented lotion in that way.

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