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6 Amazing Things That Coconut Oil Can Do For Your Skin

Coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry skin.

The Many Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Your Skin

Not only does it smell good and taste good, but it turns out that coconut oil is actually good for your skin too! In this post, we’ll explore 6 ways that coconut oil can benefit your skin, whether you use it alone, in a homemade salve, or however else you might choose to use it!

Coconut oil has lots of benefits for skin.

What Type Of Coconut Oil Should I Use?

Quality and purity are both important when it comes to products you apply to your skin. High quality coconut oil isn’t hard to find—labels like organic and cold-processed are good indicators, as are descriptors that indicate the oil has been minimally processed (like unrefined, raw, or virgin).

Some unrefined coconut oils are expensive, but there are plenty of affordable options out there too, like this one. (If you’re interested in a permanently liquid coconut oil, check out the fractionated coconut oil in my shop!)

6 Benefits Of Using Coconut Oil On Skin

Coconut oil is good for your skin - it can moisturize dry skin like elbows.

1. It’s Very Moisturizing

One reason why coconut oil is good for skin is because it’s highly moisturizing — you can often find it in the ingredients lists of naturally derived lotions and body butters. Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids that can help dry skin retain more moisture over time.

You can use it like any other moisturizer and apply it to rough or dry patches on your elbows, knees, and feet. Do it before bed, and you’ll often see results the very next morning!

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Another benefit of coconut oil for your skin is that it has antibacterial effects.

2. It’s Antibacterial

Lauric acid, one of the primary medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil, has antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that the lauric acid in coconut oil can help fight fungal infections like athlete’s foot and bacterial strains associated with acne.

Some claim that coconut oil has helped them achieve clearer skin, but it’s important to know that while some people find that coconut oil is good for their face, not everyone’s skin will react the same way. Those with especially oily or acne-prone skin may find that coconut oil leads to even more breakouts — just something to consider!

Coconut oil also provides vitamins for your skin - another great benefit.

3. It Nourishes Skin

Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, which plays a crucial role in the overall health of your skin. Vitamin E aids in both skin growth and repair, which are especially important factors for those of us with aging skin!

Related: Dry Skin? How To Fix It And 5 Remedies For Relief

Using coconut oil on your face will exfoliate and cleanse it without drying your skin.

4. It Exfoliates & Cleanses

Coconut oil is great for exfoliating and cleansing skin, thanks to acids that help to slough off dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath.

For these reasons, coconut oil makes a great makeup remover too — just rub a bit of coconut oil between your hands, then massage it onto your face for a minute or so to dissolve makeup. Follow with a water-based cleanser, if necessary, then pat dry with a clean towel.

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Coconut oil provides a barrier on your skin and helps keep serums and other skincare products in place at night.

5. It Forms A Protective Barrier

Thanks to its antibacterial properties and thick texture, coconut oil is great for layering over other skincare products. Apply a thin layer as a protective “seal” over serums, moisturizers, and other products to help them work more effectively while keeping bacteria at bay.

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6. It Fights Inflammation

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce redness and soothe rashes, itching, and other minor skin irritations. These anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for those who deal with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Related: A Natural Eczema Cream That Will Soothe Itchy And Irritated Skin

Can’t Get Enough Coconut Oil?

To learn more ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen, check out these 11 coconut oil beauty hacks. And for more general purpose uses, see my 28 surprising uses for coconut oil!

Do you use coconut oil on your skin?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Thanks for the great article! Coconut oil is fantastic for the skin! I also know of some other ways in which your skin can look great. Years ago, I was overweight and my skin looked terrible. I dreamt about fat loss, but I just couldn’t do it. Then, I came across a miracle. Coolsculpting changed my life. It can change yours too. For anyone interested, I linked the place I got my procedure done up above. And, if anyone wants to message me, I’d be more than happy to chat.

  • I often hear a lot of positive reviews about coconut oil. I even once used it as a hair mask, and also lubricated hands and face in the winter cold period, when the skin was very dry. But I have never heard of the antifungal properties of this oil. Thank you, I will keep this information in mind for the future. Now the topic of skincare cosmetics is incredibly relevant for me since I have already started feeling symptoms of menopause (btw, I learned about all kinds of symptoms from this article, everything is very clear, without too much unnecessary information – https://menopausecoach.com/ menopause-symptoms). Everyone knows that with menopause, the skin is very depleted, and it is very difficult to choose the right remedy for it. Therefore, I definitely should try coconut oil. Once it really saved me from dry skin, and I hope it may help me now. Thanks to the Author for the article!

  • I’ve used coconut oil before to make a version of vapo rub. I definitely would try it on my rough feet and body skin. I won’t use it on my face. I have oily skin and coconut oil would probably make my face produce more oil. I have tried the fractionated oil to remove my eye makeup.

  • Yep- not for everybody and not for every part of everybody; coconut oil IS comedogenic.

    Personally, I can use it on my legs, feet and hands, but anywhere else gives me horrible acne.
    I was using it to remove my makeup and developed dreadful, painful (huge) styes that just kept coming back until I figured out it was the coconut oil (but of course only after I spent a small fortune on multiple eye doctor visits and medications, lol…). However on my legs and feet it seems to work well. Won’t use it on my hair, because that brushes my face and that would give me zits. *sigh*

    • Rita, Did you ever think to tell the doctor that you were using coconut oil to remove makeup? Did HE think it was from that? I agree that not ALL of us can use it directly on our face (as Jillee said, it can clog pores) but just a thin layer to remove your eye makeup is really uncommon, especially since coconut oil is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. A stye is an infection that is usually picked up by using old eye makeup that has had time to grow bacteria in it. Many times, young girls will get a stye from “sharing” their makeup. Also, the fact that you can use it in other places means that you probably not allergic. That is too bad that you had such a bad experience. (Sorry I went on…I used to work for a dermatologist who also worked with many skin allergies of the face.) Best of luck to you!

  • I use fractionated coconut oil in the winter. I it it on in the shower. (Be careful if you get it on the floor of your shower-slippery). It has no odor and helps my skin from getting so itchy in the winter.

    • I don’t think she did – “For those with oily and acne-prone skin, coconut oil can actually clog pores and contribute to breakouts, so that’s something to keep in mind.”

  • We use a boar brush on our skin every day: Exfoliating: the preferred bristles can effectively remove dead skin, cleanse pores, smooth, clean and rejuvenate the skin.
    Works the best on skin. We have never used coconut oil, yet!

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