Coconut oil has become a go-to beauty product among natural living enthusiasts and some dermatologists, who praise its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits. Coconut oil is especially recommended for dry skin conditions and massage oils are often made using this ingredient.
Applying it directly to skin can clog pores and lead to breakouts for those with oily or combination skin types, so here are some effective strategies for using it on your face, hair and body.
Coconut oil can be an ideal hydrator, especially for dry skin. Its fatty acids penetrate deep into the dermis to deeply hydrate and boost collagen production to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and soothing mild lesions and scratches.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids with antimicrobial properties that can effectively fight harmful microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi (5), making it effective at treating many common skin infections like acne, cellulitis and folliculitis.
For optimal results, organic unrefined coconut oil should be used on skin. Use it alone or combine it with other natural ingredients to make natural skin cleanser or moisturizer products containing coconut oil like the Fleur & Bee So Clean! face wash or the One Lip Wonder lip treatment. Avoid refined coconut oils produced solely for cooking as they contain less beneficial nutrients; if you have sensitive skin it is wise to first test a small amount to make sure it will suit you before continuing use of any particular brand of oil.
Coconut oil is an extremely emollient substance, locking in moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritated skin. When used regularly and consistently it may even reduce fine lines and wrinkles!
Lauric acid’s antimicrobial properties help kill bacteria that cause rashes. Furthermore, exfoliation makes for smoother skin.
But be careful not to overdo it when applying coconut oil topically, particularly on your face. Overusing can actually make blemishes worse by clogging pores and sparking an acne flare-up, so organic extra virgin coconut oil is always better. Use organic extra virgin coconut oil, which has less processing steps compared to refined versions, since they tend to contain bleached and deodorized versions which may irritate sensitive skin – these refined versions often made from dried coconut meat rather than freshly ground versions and tend to contain less nutrients as well.
Coconut oil is a plant-based saturated fat that’s both solid at room temperature and liquid when heated, boasting antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and fungus.
Application of Shea butter on hands and cuticles can help soothe cracked, dry skin and improve nail condition, as well as serve as a natural emollient and moisturizer, keeping skin supple.
Do your research before choosing virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil (unrefined). For optimal results, opt for USDA and Leaping Bunny certified versions like Kopari Organics’ Virgin/Extra Virgin Coconut Oil made with fresh, natural ingredients and produced in small batches in solar-powered labs.
Coconut oil may clog pores on your face and scalp, so it is wise to only apply it in other areas with far fewer oil glands. If this concerns you, apply just one drop to the tip of one finger and rub it gently into your palm to see how your skin reacts before spreading the rest across your face or neck.
Coconut oil has long been an important pantry item, and it’s clear why. Not only is it nourishing and moisturizing but its aroma alone makes it worth adding into any daily regimen – plus, its prices make it accessible for many households.
Due to its comedogenic properties (which means it may clog pores and cause breakouts), many dermatologists do not advise using coconut oil on the face; however, its antifungal fatty acids–particularly lauric and capric acids–are known to provide protection from athlete’s foot.
As a body wash, mix it with an exfoliating agent such as sugar or coarse sea salt, apply it directly onto your skin, rub, and scrub before rinsing off with warm water. Coconut oil also makes an effective body moisturizer; making your own fragrant coconut oil body spray using essential oils to add scent. Choose organic, unrefined coconut oils from Coco & Co or Kopari; both brands feature fresh coconuts made with certified USDA and Leaping Bunny crops for the highest quality experience.