Coconut Oil as Moisturizer

Much has been documented about the awesomeness of coconut oil as a moisturizer.  But if you’ve never used it on your skin, please first do a patch test to determine if you are one of the very few in the entire world, that reacts badly to the oil. Just apply a little of the oil to the skin on your inner arm or neck area. If no redness or itchiness occurs, then you are probably good to go!

The Negatives of using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer:

There has been quite a bit of a mixed bag of success when it comes to using coconut oil on the skin.  Coconut oil has a comedogenicity score of 4 out of 5. This means that it is likely to block pores and cause the skin to break out. However, that being said, there are so many people who have used coconut oil on their skins and have reported absolutely phenomenal improvements in the condition of their skin.  

So the best plan would be to just experiment and see what works for you. Many individuals happily use coconut oil daily, while others find that it causes persistent breakouts and have had to leave it out of their cleansing and moisturizing routines.  

Coconut oil is very rich in lauric acid, and it is this that is so effective in fighting off bacteria that is so often found to cause acne.  However, the oiliness of coconut oil may cause a flare-up of the acne.  So it is a bit of Russian roulette!

Coconut oil can also cause dryness. This seems a bit odd for an oil!  But what could be happening is that when you apply coconut oil to your skin, it relays messages to the body that it should stop producing as much sebum as it usually does.  Sebum is something the body produces to keep the skin moisturized.  So because the oil is so oily – the body reduces the amount of sebum it produces and this may result in dryness.  

The positives of using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer:

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There are a lot of unpronounceable evils that lurk in the products that we so lavishly apply to our skin.  The skin is our largest organ – and it is also the thinnest!  Almost everything that you rub onto your skin will end up in your bloodstream!  

Most of our creams have petrochemicals in them.  This is something like mineral oil. Now mineral oil doesn’t sound bad at all!  In fact it conjures up pictures of me taking my vitamins and minerals. Sounds healthy and good! But mineral oil is actually derived from petroleum. That stuff we put in our cars. Many manufacturers put mineral oil into our creams because it allows the product to rub onto our skins easily.  It makes things slippery.  But it is a known carcinogen.  (A cancer-causing substance).  So we put these chemicals onto our skins, and they get absorbed straight into our bloodstreams, without much filtering, and head directly to our organs. Over time, these chemicals accumulate in our bodies and cause problems, which we never attribute to the stuff we are putting on our skin!

Now, this is why using coconut oil as a face moisturizer is such an excellent and safe alternative!  If it doesn’t cause the adverse effects mentioned previously – what a fantastic way to keep our bodies and skin healthy!  

Coconut oil is very hydrating, and it acts as a light moisturizer.  It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave the face looking greasy. The moisturizing effect of coconut oil protects the skin from certain infections and environmental pollutants. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil protect the skin from potential pathogens. This is particularly helpful if you have an acne prone skin type.  

It is also useful in dealing with fungal infections. Conditions such as yeast infections or ringworm can start as small, dry, flaky patches on the face and body. The anti-microbial action of coconut oil is quite effective in negating these flare-ups.

Then just to be the cherry on the cake – studies suggest that coconut oil may help reduce wrinkles. Collagen is a substance that our bodies produce, to keep our skin smooth and full of elasticity.  Coconut oil can penetrate deeply into our skins and help repair collagen so that it can do its job!  

How to use Coconut Oil as Moisturizer

  • After washing your face, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it dry.
  • Coconut oil is usually solid at room temperature. Take a small amount (a little goes a long way!) and rub it between your fingers.  Your body heat will melt the oil pretty quickly.
  • Apply the oil to your face and massage it in gently.
  • You can wait 5-10 minutes for the oil to be nicely absorbed and if there is any excess oil, wipe it away with a clean face cloth. 
  • As with everything in life – it’s better to spend that little bit extra and get a good quality coconut oil. Cold pressed organic coconut oil will do the trick!

Other pages in the cocopalmtree in connection with this page

Coconut Oil Moisturizer References and Resources

1. Hills, Jenny. Healthy and natural world.

2. Bright, Sierra. Natural living ideas. Coconut oil as a moisturizer

3. Longyear, Julie. From the bath tub.

4. Mercola, Dr. Mercola.

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