Coconut Oil is considered THE oil of choice for most soap makers and is an amazing oil when used in its original form. Coconut oil is added to soap in order to create a cleansing, hard, and sudsy bar of soap. However, in the saponification process of soap, coconut oil can be extremely harsh on sensitive skin, but when other skin-loving oils are added, such as olive oil or castor oil, these oils tone down the cleansing action of the coconut oil and make a really nice bar of soap.
Coconut oil helps prevent destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle. In some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin. The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause.
Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing. Coconut oil can aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. While doing this, the coconut oil, will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues. Alternatively, coconut oil is now being recognized as a good dietary supplement and good for internal health as well.