Free radicals are harmful molecules, which contain unpaired electrons—which is unusual because electrons typically come in pairs. "The unpaired electrons make free radicals highly reactive, and in this state, they can cause damage by attacking the components of our cells, and can even cause cancer," says Dr K. Sandeep Prabhu, Ph.D., Penn State, Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology.
So where do free radicals come from? Some are created as a natural by-product of reactions in our cells, says Prabhu. Other sources of free radicals include cigarette smoke, air pollution, and exposure to UV light or radiation. And once free radicals are formed, they can make more free radicals by scavenging electrons from other molecules, "creating a domino effect," he adds.
Toxins you’re surrounded by in everyday life generate free radicals which cause health problems and speed up ageing process. Free radical damage is one of the main causes of dry, wrinkled, aging skin.
Antioxidants found in certain foods can help your body battle free radicals and toxins. These foods include: blueberries, pomegranates, green tea, and dark chocolate. They are just some of the antioxidant-rich "superfoods. The other one which is becoming widely used as its qualities are being recognized is coconut and its products, such as coconut oil.
When you add organic virgin coconut oil to your diet , it can help protect you from the harmful effects of free radicals, reducing the amount of free radical damage which helps to slow down the aging process.
And remember that the state of the overall health as well as aging process can best be seen on your skin
Coconut Oil Antioxidant Protection
Our bodies need antioxidants to prevent damaging free radical reactions. Coconut oil works as a very powerful protective antioxidant. It works in two way: helps protect other antioxidants in your body, like vitamin C , from free radicals and it even helps your body absorb nutrients from the food you eat, like vitamin E. Both of these antioxidants help your skin.
For Soft, Smooth Skin
When you apply coconut oil to your skin, it naturally exfoliates your dead skin cells so you have smoother, softer skin. You may apply coconut oil like any of lotions, and you might like to make your own homemade body scrub using coconut oil.
The most efficient moisturizer
Coconut oil is a natural emollient. It prevents dry skin by creating a protective layer that helps your skin retain moisture.
COCONUT OIL FOR SKIN PROTECTION
Our skin is a physical barrier as well as a natural chemical barrier that protects us from disease causing germs and parasites.
Every time we shower with soap and water, we wash off our skins natural protective layer.
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides similar to our body’s natural oil (sebum). This is important because our own skin bacteria change these triglycerides into powerful antimicrobial medium chain fatty acids that are able to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi.
So, when we put coconut oil on our skin after we shower it literally helps restore our body’s natural chemical barrier.
Heals and Repairs Skin
Whether you use organic coconut oil on the inside or the outside of your body, it nourishes and energizes your cells, stimulating healing and repair.
It naturally penetrates into deeper layers of your skin to actually help heal damaged tissues, restoring thus your skins strength and elasticity.
Using coconut oil for skin care gives you all of these anti aging benefits for healthier, younger looking skin, without the use of toxic, synthetic ingredients.