Coconut Oil for Tanning; Why You Always Need Coconut Oil With You
Aug 14, 2020By will lauder
Coconut oil for tanning. There is literally nothing else you need.
Have you noticed what pacific islanders use on their skin to keep it protected from the sun and highly moisturized? Did you know coconut oil (the nectar of tropical island gods) has been used by islanders for thousands of years to keep their skin healthy in a tropical climate.
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of around 6, which helps to protect against the harmful UV rays, but while also allowing the important and beneficial UV rays to see your skin. While Kapuluan Raw Organic Coconut Oil is not a sunscreen or sunblock, it can help protect against the sun to a small extent. The problem is that many sunscreens and sunblocks do not allow the good UV rays to get to your skin. Your skin needs those good UV rays and your entire well being needs them too. The best thing you can do is to limit your exposure to the sun and try to stay in the shade or indoors between 11am and 3pm.
Coconut oil has recently gained a lot of support from all types of people, from celebrities and influencers to vegans and surfers. The reason for the widespread support is because coconut oil is an all natural product straight from the fruit/nut which has shown to be incredibly healthy with a wide number of uses. Coconut oil also originates from tropical islands where coconut palm trees are found everywhere. People who live on these tropical islands and spend their days on the beaches and in the waters with the hottest sun in the World use coconut oil for their skincare, so it’s not surprise that coconut oil for tanning has taken off as a primary use for coconut oil skincare.
Coconut oil for tanning involves using coconut oil to get a lovely bronze layer of skin. However, one might ask the question of why you’d use coconut oil when there are so many products for tanning and staying safe under sunlight. Surely coconuts can’t be better than all those clinical-grade products that have required ample lab testing before they were released on the market? Well, you’d be surprised. See, the thing is, not all tanning methods are safe. And while people with lighter skin will typically be more inclined to seek out tanning aids such as sunscreen, it should be said that the sun can be dangerous for anyone regardless of their skin type. The real problem becomes apparent when you realize that countless sunscreens out there – reputable skincare brands included – are full of harmful chemicals. Many of those chemicals can very easily cause unwanted side effects.
On the other hand, you can’t really go wrong if you opt for products that are completely natural. This is exactly why an increasing number of people are loving to what many are wrongfully calling the “coconut oil craze.” In reality, it’s far from a craze – coconut oil is one of the rare products out there that, in addition to its versatility, has no negative impact on the human body whatsoever. What’s more, the term versatility doesn’t really do it justice; from dietary benefits to beauty products, coconut oil is truly a super-ingredient worthy of being used every day.
So, to rephrase our initial question: why should you always have some coconut oil with you during summer? When you’re sunbathing, your skin soaks in Vitamin D, which is essential for a number of physiological functions in the human body. However, most over-the-counter sunscreen and sunblock lotions and creams block Vitamin D absorption along with the destructive UV rays. Coconut oil does not thwart the absorption of this all-important vitamin from sunlight.
Another highly-useful consequence of coconut oil tanning is the fact that you won’t have to spend nearly as much time sunbathing as you would when using conventional suncare products. Conveniently enough, the skin absorbs coconut oil fairly quickly, which in turn acts as an energizer that boosts the melanin-producing layer of skin that’s located right beneath the surface.
Chances are you already know that prolonged exposure to strong sunlight tends to make your skin not only darker, but also dryer. This is yet another problem with which coconut oil can help. Not only does coconut oil help you get a tan in a healthier way, but it can also help with preserving that tan in pristine condition. Applying coconut oil in regular intervals after you’ve achieved your desired level of bronze is known to keep your moisturized, rich, and healthy.
One of the best things about working hard to get a tan is – besides the obvious – the fact that you’re not working hard at all. Resting or dozing off into hours-long naps on the ground or a sandy beach is right up there with getting a relaxing massage. It’s like working without any actual work. But, what most people are unaware of in such situations is the fact that their skin is exposed to countless microorganisms and germs. Yet again, coconut oil helps alleviate issues because of its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties that protect your skin from nasty little invasions.
Of course, we can’t forget the most widespread reason for people using coconut oil for tanning. Regardless of whether you use it as-is or mix it in with other oils, coconut oil forms a protective layer which helps prevent some of the UV rays from penetrating your skin and doing serious damage. However, coconut oil does not have a high SPF somewhere between 4 and 8 – so it cannot be recommended as a sunscreen or sunblock, Especially given that everyone has different skin and different sensitivities to the sun.
One of the biggest problems with most suncare products has always been the fact that they wear off relatively quickly. Coconut oil helps your skin stay hydrated even hours after application thanks to the fact that the fatty acids it contains keep your skin sufficiently moisturized. As a consequence, you won’t get dry, wrinkled or flaky skin after countless water-to-sun-and-back-again cycles.
At the end of the day, raw organic coconut oil is one of the most natural substances there is. That means absolutely no additives, harmful chemicals or any other kind of substances that can have negative implications on users. In other words, it is a 100 percent healthy product which can do wonders for your skin. This goes especially for people with sensitive skin types, who fare far worse after applying conventional suncare products than regular people. Either way, don’t let your skin type stop you from trying coconut oil for tanning.