coconut oil for sunburn

Why Coconut Oil is the Best Natural Way to Treat Sunburn

April 17, 2019

Without a doubt, coconut oil is perhaps effective against various skin issues, including sunburn. This is all due to its fat content, moisturizing properties, nutrients content, vitamins content, and many more. It is perhaps effective too in fading away scars of a burn and most importantly, speeding up the healing process of the skin.

 

Coconut Oil as Sunscreen

Coconut oil is good at treating sunburn, but it is not that good in preventing one. It can actually fasten the process of sunburn wreaking havoc on your skin. So, if you are using coconut oil as a lotion on a daily basis, try to keep shade and veer away from the sun’s glares as often as you can. In preventing sunburn, try to use protective sunscreen lotion. Opt for a high SPF sunscreen to be fully protected from the radiation of the sun.

Coconut oil is the best that you can get when it comes to aiming for an all natural sunburn treatment. The properties, compounds, nutrients, and vitamins that it has when combined all together makes it a superior product when it comes to treating sunburn.

 

The Specific Benefits of Coconut Oil In Sun Burn Treatment

The benefits that you can get from coconut oil in treating sunburn is by speeding up the healing process of the skin, it prevents further blemishes in the area, it prevents the appearance of unsightly little dots called sunspots, it serves as a barrier of your skin against environmental pollutants, it soothes the skin leaving a cooling effect, it prevents future inflammation, moisturizes, can serve as a sunscreen (but not as powerful as sunscreen products),and is rich vitamins that are good for the skin.

Speeding Up the Process of Healing

The skin is just a wonder to behold. It protects from bad things outside of our body including the radiation from the sun. When the skin senses that you are under the sun’s glare, it deploys melanin on the surface of your skin to prevent the UV (ultraviolet) rays from damaging further your skin cells. This is the reason why we sort of look tan after a long day at the beach because there is a sudden production of extra melanin.

If that is not enough, the DNA of your skin sacrifices itself to prevent further damage below the surface of your skin. When it comes to this point, this is where you notice the painful redness and the shedding of the skin. This is what you call, sunburn. This is where coconut oil comes in. When the sun burns your skin, you essentially damage your skin, and after the fiasco, your skin will develop new cells to augment the loss of skin tissue you just shed. Coconut oil helps speed up that process.

Prevents the Appearance of Sunspots

The UV rays of the sun do more than sunburn. It is skin deep. It damages further than the skin’s surface, and it can even cause dreaded cancer. For milder cases, too much exposure from the sun can cause sunspots.

Polyphenol, an antioxidant property of the coconut oil is good in reducing the appearance of sunspots and other darkening spots of your skin due to the damage the sun’s rays has caused it. Sunspots generally appear when you are inherently low in melanin and you lounge too much under the sun.

Did you know that the coconut can also affirm the original firmness of your skin? Yes, it does, in fact, it is such a perfect agent to put back the original elasticity of the skin.

Barrier Against Pollutants

Coconut oil helps a lot in protecting the skin after it is burnt (not to crisp I hope). At the onset of sunburn, your skin starts to shed. The shedding event of the skin is crucial for it is very much susceptible to infection. Infection can be caught anywhere anytime. The coating action of coconut oil on your skin is the best way for your flaking skin to get protected at the soonest possible time. Coconut oil is your best friend in protecting your skin from the harsh forces of the environment because it is, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral. All these characteristics are what makes coconut oil, such a good companion for skin protection.

Soothing and Cooling Effect

Don’t you just hate it when after a long day in the sun, you get all patchy red? Blisters start emerging, the pain and the heat are just so unbearable that you just want to take a bath with the coldest water you will ever feel in your life. Believe it or not, coconut oil got your back. Coconut oil can provide you with that cooling effect, and it is all due to the fatty acid properties of the coconut oil.

Prevents the Shedding of Your Skin

A bad sunburn means falling and shedding off of the skin. This is quite painful and can give you discoloration and a lifetime of scarring. At this point, your skin is also susceptible to the dangers of infection because it is open and your tissue is damage. To prevent the occurrence of flaking from happening, it is better to turn to coconut oil after getting out of the sun. The moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil make it possible for the product to help prevent the future shedding of the skin.

Serves as a Moisturizer

Sunburn is an awful time for your skin to get all dried out. Aside from the fact that your skin is red and flaking over, your skin will be relatively drier than the driest drought in the Savanah desert. The drying action of the skin makes the symptoms of sunburn more awful more than ever. Coconut oil is a known moisturizer which is as always soothing and moisturizing to the skin. It does not just contain the top of the skin; it goes deep down the dermis section to hydrate and moisturizes the skin.

Coconut Oil is Packed with Vitamins and Nutrients

The coconut oil is an amazing carrier of all things good. Vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties are all packed in one jar of coconut oil. In terms of vitamin content, it is most impressive in the amount of vitamin E that it has.

Vitamin E is a known product that is good for the skin. Vitamin E is the nourishes of the skin and is mostly credited for healthy, supple and glowing skin. In addition to that, vitamin E in coconut oil functions surprisingly as an antioxidant.

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Reference

8 Amazing Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Sunburn

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated – March 13, 2019