Skin care is something that I have a personal connection to. For most of my formative years, I had severe eczema, and with it, food allergies to wheat, milk, soy, eggs, and corn. I was constantly having to rotate treatments and lotions because once I found something that worked, my skin would get acclimated to it and suddenly decide it needed something different. Needless to say, I’ve used a mind bending amount of lotion in my life. I’ve taken my experience with me at Heaven Scent, and chosen ingredients for our body butter that I trust for myself and my own sensitive skin.
First off, coconut oil is rich in one of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial agents, Lauric acid. This acid is found in breast milk, and contributes to infection prevention in babies. Lauric acid, is described by Web MD as being useful for treating “Viral infections including influenza (the flu); swine flu; avian flu; the common cold; fever blisters, cold sores… and HIV/AIDS. It is also used for preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children.” As if that wasn’t enough, coconut oil does wonders for acne as well. A 2009 study proved lauric acid to be 15 times more effective at reducing acne than benzoyl peroxide, the main ingredient in many acne medications. Lauric acid makes up approximately half of the fatty acid content of coconut oil as well.
Surprisingly, coconut oil acts as a mild sunscreen! Coconut oil blocks about 20% of UVB rays, and 0% of UVA rays, translating to an approximate SPF of 7. Don’t go replacing your summer skin regimen just yet though, this is too weak to provide the proper protection that you need on a sunny day.