Coconut has been used as a skin care product for thousands of years by many different cultures to moisturize skin and hair. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids (like lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid and others) which are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial making it great for acneic skin and for delivering other nutrients deep into your skin.
Coconut also offers mild SPF protection (approximately SPF 4) which is another reason it has been applied to skin by generations of fishermen and tradespeople who have plenty of exposure to the sun every day.
Coconut is known for its conditioning properties for skin and hair. It's no surprise then that Coconut milk face masks and treatments are very nourishing and moisturizing for skin. Making a Coconut face mask or Coconut oil moisturizer or serum base also benefits skin by allowing any other ingredients to work their magic on specific skin conditions because of the high fatty acid content of Coconut.
For example, a serum made of Coconut oil with Lavender, Chamomile, Yarrow, Carrot and Borage oil offers moisturizing and anti-aging benefits for skin.
When making skin care products & home made skin care recipes using Coconut oil it's important to use extra virgin Coconut Oil so because the process leaves it in its most useable state for your skin.
You can also use Coconut Milk or Cream in masks as a substitute to or as a compliment to Coconut Oil based moisturizers (like a complete beauty regime from cleansing to moisturizing).
Blend together 1/2 cup of Coconut cream, 1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal to make a moisturizing base and you can add a multitude of other ingredients that target specific needs for your skin. For example, if you want a moisturizing exfoliating mask peel you can add Papaypa or Pineapple to the mask. The enzyme papain in Papaya acts like a mild acid peel to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth.
If you want an anti-wrinkle blend for around your eyes you can use Coconut oil as a base and add Macadamia, Carrot, Rosehip and essential oils like Neroli to the Coconut oil to make an extremely moisture boosting potent anti-aging serum.
There are an almost infinite number of combinations you can create using oils and foods that are rich in skin enriching emollients that when used regularly, leave your skin looking and feeling amazing every day.
There are so many natural ingredients for homemade skin care recipes and home made natural face masks that are loaded with beneficial vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids and more. If you know what the benefits of each ingredient or essential oil are and what they do you can make any skin care treatment, skin lotion or serum for the cost of a few dollars and in only a few minutes at home. They are not only cheap and easy to make, but usually as if not more effective at delivering results for your skin.
You don't need a big budget or lots of time to have the best skin care at home - it's just looking in the right places and finding the right information to make having great skin every day a reality.
Mia Gordon founder of http://www.naturalskincarerecipes.com and author of Natural Homemade Skin Care Recipes shows readers how to create and apply [http://www.naturalskincarerecipes.com/ingredients/coconut/]coconut oil face masks and many other recipes using easy to find low cost ingredients which when mixed in the right combinations can repair, renew and nourish skin for a radiant soft youthful complexion.