Is Coconut Oil Good for your Face?

In previous articles, we’ve looked at the coconut palm fruit and the general benefits they provide on a broad spectrum. Today, I’d like to focus more on the benefits of coconut oil for your face.

To do that, let’s first look at the vitamins that play a significant role in maintaining healthy facial skin.

Taking care of your skin should be an essential part of your daily routine. When we make contact with another person directly, the first thing they see is your face. 

Vitamins and minerals play an essential role in maintaining our youthful facial appearance. Some of the vitamins and minerals include;

  • Vitamin E - Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its primary function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays; this can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Typically, the body produces vitamin E through sebum, an oily substance emitted through the skin’s pores. In the right balance, sebum helps keep the skin conditioned and prevents dryness. If you have unusually dry skin, vitamin E can help counteract a lack of sebum.
  • Vitamin C - vitamin C is an essential ingredient for the health and healing of your skin. 
  • Vitamin K - Helps with the overall health of the skin and prevents certain skin conditions. 

Except for the vitamin C, all these essential vitamins are found naturally in coconut oil. Vitamin C can be added to coconut oil to enhance coconut oil's  amazing abilities. It is for this reason that I prefer to use coconut oil; it's an all-natural way to eliminate many of the more “questionable” ingredients found in most of our facial treatment products purchased over the counter. It is also a cost-effective, natural way to care for your face. 

You can add a variety of natural oils to coconut oil to increase your skin’s health, vitality and youthful appearance without any harmful side effects.

You can reap coconut oil’s benefits from the outside-in and the inside-out!

Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil on Skin and Hair


10 ways in which to use Coconut oil on your Face

1. Coconut oil as a facial moisturizer

Add a few drops of liquid coconut oil (unrefined, extra virgin) to your fingertips and gently rub in an outwards, and upwards motion. For a great daytime moisturizer, add vitamin E, D, K, C in oil form to gain all the required vitamins your face needs to stay healthy and looking youthful.

DIY coconut moisturizer recipes

2. Coconut oil facial scrub

Use 1 part coconut oil and 1 part coconut flour to make a gentle alternative facial scrub. 

DIY coconut oil scrub recipes

3. Coconut oil cold sore treatment

Coconut oil is known for its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Using coconut oil on your face regularly can help treat and prevent cold sores over the long term.

4. Coconut oil face wash

Some of the best face washes I’ve come across are in fact oil based. Try using coconut oil combined with a few drops of peppermint oil and chamomile to help clean your facial area naturally and safely. The added benefits of peppermint and chamomile will help calm your skin and remove the dirt buildup safely and efficiently.

5. Coconut oil lip balm

Coconut oil makes a wonderful natural lip balm. Dab a drop or two onto your finger and smooth over your lips to moisturize and treat cracked or dry lips.

6. Coconut oil makeup remover

Coconut oil penetrates deeper into the skin than most of your over the counter products. You can remove your make-up more effectively while moisturizing your skin at the same time.

Coconut oil makeup remover recipes here.

7. Coconut oil night cream

We know that no face care regime is complete without a proper quality night cream application. Coconut oil can help your skin replenish some of the lost moisture and help repair skin conditions you may be experiencing. Adding natural ingredients to your coconut oil can also give added benefits of healing. 

Mix a few drops of lavender and rosehip oil with your coconut oil and gently smooth onto your skin as you’d do with your regular face cream. 

Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, natural and gentle on your skin. Therefore you can apply it directly to your sensitive eye area as well. 

The antioxidants found in coconut oil can also help restore the elasticity of your face and neck area (the primary function of collagen) while you sleep.

8. Coconut oil as a shaving gel

You may not have thought so, but coconut oil makes an excellent shaving cream or gel. (Mix coconut oil and coconut cream for a creamier application). Apply a generous amount of coconut oil to your hands and rub until warm, apply to the skin that you wish to shave and rub in for a few seconds, shave as usual and follow up by rubbing the area off with a warm soapy cloth. 

Using coconut oil for shaving can help you avoid uncomfortable ingrown hairs, burns, and bumps associated with shaving, especially on sensitive skin areas. Not only do you get a close shave, but you also get the added benefits of moisturizing the skin at the same time! 

9. Skin treatment

If you are suffering from dry, damaged, dehydrated or acne skin – then coconut oil can help you treat these skin conditions without any harmful chemicals, with maximum results. Coconut oil has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. 

10. Coconut oil sunburn relief

Most good quality, over the counter facial creams contain some form of sun cover. 

Coconut oil has a low spectrum (approx. 4) sun protection. If you need added security, you can add a few drops of over the counter protection with a higher spectrum of sun cover to your coconut oil day or night cream. 

Applying coconut oil to already sunburnt skin can also help speed up recovery time. Not only do you get protection from the sun, but you can also use coconut oil safely to treat damage already inflicted by the sun’s harmful rays.

Homemade coconut oil sunscreen recipe here (external link)

I imagine that you will be surprised to learn just how wonderful coconut oil is for the skin. Why not try these ten ways to use coconut oil for a naturally healthier, radiant skin complexion instead!

Other pages in the cocopalmtree you might like to read


20 Secret Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Skin - Dr. Axe coconut-oil-for-skin

Coconut Oil for Face & Skin: Uses and Benefits 2018 Healthmag.

Coconut products are the perfect addition to a successful ketogenic diet.

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