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Drinking coconut oil for beauty

Reviewed by Sunil August 9, 2013 38 Comments

Supermodel Miranda Kerr is one of the most naturally beautiful women in the world. She’s always been known for her organic lifestyle which she believes contributes to her glowing skin and her always hydrated hair. Kerr’s one beauty secret that kind of puzzled me though was her use of coconut oil.

“I personally take four tablespoons of coconut oil per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea. I will not go a day without coconut oil."

I’ve heard about people using oil for various reasons, even in oil pulling, and I’ve even heard about natives of Greece ingesting large amounts of olive oil that has helped keep them healthy, but drinking coconut oil?

I had to do some digging.

It started in the 1930s with Dr. Weston Price. Price ventured to the South Pacific Islands and found some lean and healthy islanders. Their diet consisted of high dietary fat thanks to coconut oil but they were not falling ill to heart issues and dealing with obesity like Americans often do. People began to realize that coconut oil could do things like support your immune system, boost your thyroid, and help your metabolism. The makeup of coconut oil is primarily medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are easily metabolized by the body so you have less fat build up.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that the American public at large doesn’t have the freshest diet and  don’t lead active lifestyles like islanders might, although when we look at the oil on its, own, it’s much healthier than the processed stuff we buy by the gallon at Super Food Mart.

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So we know it can help out our insides, but then there’s the skin. While searching for coconut oil’s benefits on the skin, I ran into individuals talking about using it for their acne. I’ve seen a lot of reviews of people claiming that the cheap and plentiful coconut oil has helped tame their acne. Apparently coconut oil has two powerful anti microbial agents in capric acid and lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties. However, there are those that claim that it caused them to break out because of their pores getting clogged while using it. But it should be noted that the success rate seemed to strongly outweigh those that had issues with it.

Perhaps this is how Kerr keeps her skin so clean and blemish free. The monolaurin helps eliminate bad bacteria in her body so she doesn’t have to worry about unsightly pimples, though we can’t say it works exactly like that.

Overall we can’t really say for sure just how good coconut oil is for you from a beauty standpoint, should you choose to ingest it. Looking at it as a beauty aid, tons of healthy food gurus will tell you that coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, it’s a moisturizer, it’s a sunscreen, and more. It kind of makes sense; coconut oil is a natural moisturizer factor which means that it is an ingredient that mimics the structure and function of the skin. But even in a double-blind study, coconut oil had just about the same moisturizing properties as mineral oil when applied to the skin.

From a scientific health standpoint, it seems as though coconut oil has enough in it to make it worth drinking on a daily basis. However, it’s hard to pinpoint if this stuff really does anything for your outer beauty. Miranda Kerr just seems to be naturally beautiful, she could probably drink four tablespoons of cake batter everyday and still remain as radiant. If coconut oil tasted more like chocolate syrup, I’d probably try this out but for now, I’ll stick to water as my only beverage.

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  • August 6, 2014

    by Dmoore

    I have a friend who has started putting (uncooked) dessert spoons of coconut oil in their drinking water so does drinking coconut oil have any beneficial attributes or is my friend nuts and on their way to an early grave?


  • April 20, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    Linda- There are no "silly" questions; only those unasked. Oil pulling is a method of taking approx. half tablespoon of oil (sesame, sunflower, or coconut- cold-pressed, unrefined in all cases) in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes, not swallowing any, then spitting it out. Rinsing your mouth w hot water, then brushing your teeth. You can simply Google "What is oil pulling," or we've a couple links here: AND . At bare minimum the oral benefits from oil pulling are worth the effort. Personally oil pulling is "whole body" medical coverage. Have a good day! ~jk

  • April 19, 2013

    by Linda

    This may sound like a silly question but what do you mean by oil pulling

  • March 25, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    Jumping into "using coconut oil on your face" discussion. Coconut oil is a serious anit-bacterial oil. I was using it in areas of my body resistant to healing and easily chafed because I'm prone to dermalogical issues. The inner panty leg area is one. I quickly developed a adverse reaction to coconut oil in in this sensitive area. My belief is coconut oil is too strong of an anti-bacterial for those of us with sensitive skin- especially the face. For the face, I'd suggest olive oil or almond oil in their pure form; I've used both and prefer almond oil if one is looking for 100% pure and natural.

    I do, however, use coconut oil successfully as the carrier oil with tea tree oil for use on my legs for itching. Coconut oil is my first choice oil to use it for oil pulling.

    Peace ~jk

  • March 25, 2013

    by Lynne

    You don't need to heat it - eat it with a spoon or add it to cereal/soup/smoothies or cook with it etc.
    I'm taking it for arthritis and for the first time the pain is going away.

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