Coconut oil has become popular in many skincare routines due to its hydrating and nourishing properties. However, when it comes to using coconut oil on the face, there are some things to consider before slathering it on.
In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using coconut oil on the face, potential drawbacks, and how to properly incorporate it into your skincare routine.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for the Skin
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, particularly lauric acid, which has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make coconut oil an excellent moisturizer for the skin, particularly for those with dry or dehydrated skin.
Coconut oil is also high in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. This can help to prevent premature aging and keep the skin looking youthful.
Potential Drawbacks of Coconut Oil for the Face
While coconut oil has many benefits for the skin, it may not be suitable for everyone. Those with acne-prone or oily skin may find that coconut oil clogs their pores and leads to breakouts.
Coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means it has the potential to clog pores and cause blackheads or whiteheads. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to patch-test coconut oil before applying it to your face to avoid any adverse reactions.
Using non-comedogenic oils like our Ultra Restore Dry Oil is best if you require nourishment and the protective properties of face oil.
Using Coconut Oil to Shave Your Legs
Many traditional shaving gels and creams come loaded with fragrances that can irritate your skin. A great alternative is using coconut oil as a soothing lubricant to help you avoid nicks and razor burn.
To use coconut oil for shaving, simply warm it up in your hands, apply it to your skin, and shave as you normally would. You'll also get the added bonus of softer skin afterwards.
Using Coconut Oil as an Eye Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is also great for removing eye makeup, including tough mascara and eyeliner.
To use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover, gently sweep it over your eye makeup and then wash your face as normal.
Using Coconut Oil As A Cleansing Oil
Although pure coconut oil is not recommended for all skin types, some cleansing oils available in the market today contain coconut oil and are labelled as suitable for all skin types. However, this may seem contradictory. But, it's important to note that these cleansing oils have emulsifiers that allow the oil to benefit the skin by providing hydration and preventing dryness without clogging pores.
Emulsifiers in face wash or water-soluble facial cleansing oil help to mix with your skin's oil and can be easily washed off without leaving any residue. This makes such formulas a great option for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. So, if you come across a cleansing oil that contains a small amount of coconut oil, don't fret. It shouldn't be a problem if it contains emulsifiers.