Moreover, due to its completely unaltered (natural) fatty acid structure, unrefined or virgin oil penetrates your skin well and does not clog your skin pores if you use it topically. Refined oil (such as RBD, hydrogenated etc) will clog your pores by contrast.
On top of that, as we’re being exposed to free radicals all day long through breathing, interacting and eating etc, we need antioxidants to help keep us free from the attack of free radicals. Free radicals are very tiny particles in the air (invisible to the eyes) that when entered the body, can cause deterioration of immune system which further leads to host of health problems such as speed ageing, triggering of cancers or other degenerative diseases.
Virgin coconut oil contains high level of antioxidants, which are particularly useful in fighting free-radicals, as it is unrefined and hasn’t been stripped of any of its natural components through the refining process. Also, virgin oil by nature does not easily cause allergic reaction (i.e. it ii is hypoallergenic), so you can safely use it in your diet or topically. But it’s best to apply a small amount on your skin and see if any adverse reaction takes place if you’re a first time user.
Refined oil is never as superior as its unrefined counterpart. But for commercial companies, they’d prefer refined coconut oil since it can withstand higher heat before it melts, which makes it possible for them to make ice-cream, chocolate and other foods to maintain the shape of the food for a longer duration.
But for your personal skin and health benefits, go with virgin coconut oil always, if you’re ok with the mild natural aromatic coconut flavor in the oil (which are pleasing to most people).
By the way, in case you encounter some companies labeling their oil as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, actually, it means the same as virgin coconut oil. They name it in such a way probably to “inform” consumers of their premium quality oil than any other brands out there. In other words, only olive oil comes with its distinctive classification of ‘extra virgin’ and ‘virgin’, but not coconut oil.
So, whether ‘extra virgin coconut oil’ or simply ‘virgin coconut oil’, there’s no difference, essentially in their health benefits. The only difference lies in your personal preference.