Once upon a time, the beauty world was obsessed with using makeup to get the picture-perfect skin. These days, it’s all about skincare! After all, when your complexion is truly healthy, you won’t feel tempted to pile on layers of foundation. It only makes sense to invest in the “canvas,” your very own skin.
Thankfully, that investment doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. Natural remedies like coconut oil have a long, wonderful list of beauty benefits. It can even replace multiple products, making it extremely budget-friendly.
And unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that coconut oil is on everyone’s mind. It’s made from the meat of a coconut, or the fruit of a coconut palm tree.1 A majority of the world’s coconut oil comes from India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.2
Ready to give your beauty routine a boost? Check out these 7 ways to use it on the face.
1. Makeup Remover
Removing makeup can be a pain, but it’s a vital part of skin care. Otherwise, falling asleep with makeup will only worsen acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.3 And while commercial makeup removers are handy, most are really harsh. Use coconut oil instead. It’s gentle enough to be used around the eyes and lips, even if you have breakouts. Just add a bit to a cotton ball and swipe away the day’s makeup.
2. Face Wash
Washing your face is a must. It’s the best way to remove dirt, sebum, and leftover makeup before hitting the hay. But in place of a formula that’s full of chemicals, reach for coconut oil. It will get the job done while hydrating the skin.
Coconut oil can also be used as a face cream. As a powerful humectant, it can lock in moisture by creating a barrier.4 The result? Perfectly soft and smooth skin. This is especially useful during the winter or if you’re prone to dryness.
4. Lip Balm
Skincare isn’t limited to the actual skin. Your lips are part of your face, so they definitely deserve some love! With a dab of coconut oil, dry and chapped lips will feel silky soft.
5. Spot Treatment
Did you know that coconut oil is a natural antibacterial? It has lauric acid, a fat that destroys Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria behind the tiny infections known as pimples.5 Plus, unlike commercial treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, coconut oil won’t cause irritation or dryness.6
6. Wound Protectant
Most people slather cuts in antibacterial gel, but coconut oil is just as effective. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties offer amazing protection.7 To top it off, coconut oil promotes tissue growth and collagen production, two crucial factors of proper wound healing.8
7. Sunburn Treatment
Tender, red skin is common after having a little too much fun on the skin. You might also experience dryness, peeling, and blisters.9 Aloe vera gel will have an amazing cooling effect, but coconut oil can also re-hydrate.
|↑1||Coconut Oil. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.|
|↑2||Eyres, Laurence, Michael F. Eyres, Alexandra Chisholm, and Rachel C. Brown. “Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans.” Nutrition reviews 74, no. 4 (2016): 267-280.|
|↑3||10 Skin Care Habits That Can Worsen Acne. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑4||Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M., Stephanie S. Katalbas, and Julia P. Pangasinan. “Natural (Mineral, Vegetable, Coconut, Essential) Oils and Contact Dermatitis.” Current allergy and asthma reports 16, no. 7 (2016): 1-11|
|↑5||Yang, Darren, Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, Teruaki Nakatsuji, Michael Chan, Dennis Carson, Chun-Ming Huang, and Liangfang Zhang. “The antimicrobial activity of liposomal lauric acids against Propionibacterium acnes.” Biomaterials 30, no. 30 (2009): 6035-6040.|
|↑6||Acne. FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians.|
|↑7||Dayrit, Fabian M. “The properties of lauric acid and their significance in coconut oil.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society 92, no. 1 (2015): 1-15.|
|↑8||Nevin, K. G., and T. Rajamohan. “Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats.” Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 23, no. 6 (2010): 290-297.|
|↑9||Sunburn. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.|