Is coconut oil really good for your face? Look at it either in its solid or liquid forms, and you probably would be reluctant to apply it. After all, it looks almost too oily or greasy to do more harm than benefit.
But that’s where you’d be sorely mistaken, and you’d be missing out on a lot of the countless benefits of this all-natural and chemical-free product can offer.
Part of the reason why coconut oil doesn’t feel greasy is because of its melting point. At 75ºF and below, it stays solid. But once it hits your skin surface, which is usually at 97 ºF, it will instant turn to liquid and absorb quickly.
Using coconut oil on your face and skin can be your total package. It cleanses daily dirt and grime, soothes irritations, protects from harmful bacteria, removes stubborn makeup, and of course moisturizes like a nothing else.
Also, as more people become concerned with products containing harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, and other additives, coconut oil provides a completely unadulterated way for your complexion. Plus, it smells like someone’s been baking macaroons in the kitchen – a pleasant side benefit, for sure.
Why is coconut oil good for your skin?
Let’s take a quick scientific look at why it works wonders through its composition:
• Saturated fats: Coconut oil works amazingly as a moisturizer these substances smooth on contact, retain existing moisture in the skin cells and prevent further loss through the pores.
• Vitamin E: You probably know that this antioxidant nutrient promotes skin growth, smoothness and repair, is considered one of the best anti-aging ingredients around.
• Lauric acid, caprylic, capric: These fatty acids work as antimicrobial and disinfectant agents, and therefore protect your face from the pollutants of just being outside.
• Proteins: While coconut oil isn’t a complete protein, it does contain 17 of the 20 amino acids that do. That makes it suitable for keeping skin rejuvenated and healthy.
These substances prove the case for making coconut oil your ideal choice for cleansing, protection and moisturizing, so now the fun begins. Here’s how you can get all the benefits of using coconut oil as a moisturizer, aka nature’s perfect facial product:
1.) MAKEUP REMOVER
How often have you used a product to remove the toughest makeup ever, especially the waterproof mascara or eyeliner – only to find it really didn’t do the job? It didn’t matter if it was inexpensive or pricy, but it likely had ingredients that most chemistry students wouldn’t know about. Coconut oil will easily take all of the makeup off your face and leave it clean and soft. Whenever possible, remove it before going to bed.
How to use coconut oil for your face: Simply take the oil in solid or liquid form, and gently massage it into your eyelids and lashes. Alternatively, if you’re worried about using too much, dab it on a cotton ball and remove the makeup. Wash with warm water.
2.) FACIAL CLEANSER
Chemical additives in many soaps and cleansers often rob your skin’s natural moisture. That can lead to an overproduction of sebum, which then can cause acne and other complexion problems. You can use coconut oil on any type of skin, even oily, since it will cleanse your face thoroughly but not take away any beneficial oils. Yes, that is right, you can cleanse your face with coconut oil. Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and is also loaded with beneficial proteins, it is one of the best ways to wash your face while keeping it supremely moisturized. What’s better than getting out of the shower with skin that feels moisturized; not begging for lotion. You can even occasionally treat yourself to an occasional deep facial-type treatment to eliminate toxins that can lead to premature aging and wrinkles.
How to use it: Pour about a ½ teaspoon of liquid coconut oil and massage it into your skin. If it is in solid form, take about the same amount and emulsify it first. Wash with warm water.