What You Need to Know About Using Coconut Oil for Skincare

Coconut oil for skin care

Did you know that using coconut for skincare can really work wonders? Celebs such as the likes of Oscar winners Emma Stone and Kate Hudson swear by its use, Why? Because coconut oil gives them naturally glowing, healthy and youthful-looking skin for that flawless look they’re known for on the red carpet and beyond.

  • The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil for Skincare in a Nutshell

Rich in saturated fats that slow the oxidation process, this edible oil extracted from coconut palm kernel has been found to be beneficial in cooking. But using coconut oil for skincare is definitely not nuts, because it offers a plethora of skin-improving benefits.
Thanks to its potent antioxidant, revitalizing, hydrating and collagen- and elastin-boosting properties, coconut oil is able to smooth fine lines and to reduce deep wrinkles, leaving the skin more elastic, more radiant, suppler, firmer and younger-looking naturally.

Coconut oil is also great for minimizing skin imperfections such as acne scars, blemishes and age spots, smoothing out rough elbows, reducing stretch marks, treating dry skin, atopic dermatitis and eczema, soothing diaper rash, chapped hands, sunburns, angular cheilitis and many more skin problems.

  • How To Use Coconut Oil On Your Face

Coconut oil is suitable for all skin types and it can be used as a DIY face mask in combination with other natural ingredients from your pantry that are good for your skin type. You can reap coconut oil’s multiple benefits simply by smoothing on a DIY face mask once or twice weekly. A DIY coconut oil face mask is a convenient, easy, cost-effective and natural way to take care of your skin.

If you have sensitive or dry skin, then you’ve found your new BBF in coconut oil. As an all-natural moisturizer, and emollient, coconut oil provides your skin with extra moisture, instantly relieving symptoms associated with dry and dehydrated skin. In addition, with its high content of antioxidants essential micro-nutrients such as vitamins, coconut oil supports cellular repair for radiant, healthy skin.

  • What Is the Best Coconut Oil for Skincare?

Dermatologists recommend using organic, raw, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil for skincare and avoiding refined coconut oil that’s typically used for cooking. The reason is to prevent potential skin irritations that refined coconut may cause when applied to the skin due to contaminants. Also, it’s best to keep cooking and skincare coconut oil in separate containers in order to avoid cross-contamination.

  • Does Coconut Oil Absorb Quickly Into the Skin?

The simple answer is yes. Cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that absorb very quickly into the skin. This is why coconut oil is used as a base in many expensive face lotions and creams available on the market.

  • Is It a Good Idea to Leave Coconut Oil on Your Face Overnight?

Smoothing on a thin layer of raw, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil and leaving it overnight is OK if you don’t mind the oil stain on your pillowcase when you wake up. The more convenient alternative to leaving it on your face overnight is a DIY face mask that you can apply once or twice weekly before going to bed for a smoother, more radiant and suppler skin in the morning.

DIY Coconut Oil Face Mask RecipeHow use coconut oil for skin care

 The ingredients that you need for 1 face mask:

–  1 Tbsp. raw, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil (preferably organic)

–  1 Tbsp. raw honey

– 1 Tbsp. plain yogurt

The procedure:

  1. Put the coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl and then leave the bowl in the microwave for only a few seconds in order to melt the coconut oil

  2. Now that the coconut oil has a soft consistency, you add the yogurt and honey and mix well

  3. Smooth this mixture onto your face and neck, gently using upward circular motion. Be sure to avoid the lip and eye area.

  4. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water and rinse with cool water. Dry your face with a towel and then you can apply your moisturizer.

Why Use This DIY Coconut Oil Face Mask?

Made with natural ingredients from your pantry, this coconut oil face mask is a budget-friendly, all-natural and super-convenient way to improve your skin’s elasticity, texture and tone, replenish its moisture content and nourish it with essential vitamins and antioxidants. As a natural and potent humectant, raw honey helps prevent moisture loss, while providing your skin with many essential micro-nutrients.

Rich in lactic acid, plain yogurt is great for exfoliation and helps reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles caused by age. You will enjoy more radiant, smoother, healthier and younger-skin with this easy DIY coconut oil mask, as it nourishes and hydrates your skin from your the outside-in naturally and quickly.