Healthy Action Step of the Day: Use Coconut Oil on Your Skin

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Use coconut oil on your skin. As it turns out, this useful oil isn’t just great for cooking, it has many benefits for our skin as well. In this article in Prevention magazine, Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital says that “Coconut oil is comprised of a unique combination of natural fats, which makes it useful in treating the skin. These fatty acids include linoleic acid (which is beneficial for acne-prone skin) and up to 50 percent lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial).”

As someone who has been slathering coconut oil on my skin for years, I can vouch for how wonderful it makes me feel. Unrefined or virgin coconut oil is best to use on your skin, and while it does cost more than the refined variety, it’s still less expensive than many moisturizers. Word to the wise – don’t pay more for “extra virgin” coconut oil. Unlike olive oil, “extra virgin” coconut oil is exactly the same as virgin coconut oil. You can read more about that in this article by Ultimate Paleo Guide.

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