One of the best ways to pamper your skin and look good is to use coconut oil on your face . Until recently, the benefits of coconut oil for the face and skin were not widely known. However, the amazing properties of coconut oil mean that this versatile natural oil can be used for more than just cooking.

The benefits of coconut oil make it an excellent natural product to retain moisture in the skin, cleanse the face of impurities, and even heal blemishes on the face. In fact, there are so many uses of coconut oil for your skin, body, and general health that you will be surprised how this was kept a secret for so long.

In this article, you will learn about the incredible benefits of coconut oil for your facial skin . You’ll also discover the top 10 ways to use coconut oil for healthy, glowing skin.

First of all, let’s briefly look at the reasons why coconut oil is a great healing and calming agent for the face and skin in general.

Reasons to use coconut oil on your skin

You should always choose raw, organic, and unrefined virgin coconut oil to use on your face and skin. Unrefined coconut oil contains all the nutrients and vitamins that your skin needs. This is sometimes referred to simply as “pure coconut oil.”

You should also make sure that the coconut oil has not yet expired and has no signs of being rancid.

Scientific research on the benefits of coconut oil for skin and face care has shown that it contains antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

For example, research published in the Natural Medicine Journal said that coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that have an antimicrobial effect. The main fatty acid is lauric acid, which plays a vital role in eliminating various bacterial and fungal infections on the skin.

Coconut oil is also one of the best natural products to keep your skin soft and hydrated, which is an important aspect of good skin care. Additionally, coconut oil helps soothe and hydrate itchy, dry, and flaky skin and is as effective as mineral oil as a moisturizer.

How to use coconut oil on your face

Some people may experience an allergic reaction when their skin comes in direct contact with coconut oil. This is why before applying coconut oil to your skin, it is always recommended to do a patch test before using it for the first time.

If you develop swelling, redness, and inflammation on your skin where it was exposed to coconut oil, wash it off and avoid using it.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 uses for coconut oil on your face .

Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer

Coconut oil is one of the best facial moisturizers that you can use to take care of your skin. Moisture works to protect your skin from various infections and the harmful effects of the environment and pollution. Coconut oil effectively locks in moisture from the skin to prevent dryness, itching, and flaking.

Because coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature, it’s very easy to apply it to all skin types as a moisturizer by rubbing it between your hands.

One factor that makes coconut oil especially effective as a skin moisturizer compared to other natural oils is that it easily penetrates the skin.

Scientists have found that the lauric acid in coconut oil easily penetrates the skin and remains in the dermis. This provides a strong protective barrier on the skin’s surface and keeps it free from impurities.

To use coconut oil as a moisturizer for dry skin , apply coconut oil to your face after each wash. This is what you should do:

  1. After cleaning your face, pat it dry with a clean, soft towel (which will also keep more moisture on your skin).
  2. Put a small amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and rub them together to melt the oil.
  3. Gently apply a small amount of coconut oil to your face, massaging it into your skin.
  4. Wait 5-10 minutes for your skin to absorb the coconut oil. Remove excess oil from the skin with a clean tissue.

Although coconut oil is comedogenic (comedogenic means it can block pores), you can still use coconut oil for oily skin.

Since coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin, the key is to use only a small amount to hydrate it. In fact, the antibacterial properties of coconut oil can also help fight oily skin conditions like acne.

To apply coconut oil to oily skin:

  1. First, wash your face with mild soap and pat it dry.
  2. Warm up the coconut oil by rubbing it between your hands, then apply the coconut oil to your face.
  3. Wait 10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
  5. Repeat this daily and you can see that after a few days your skin will be less oily and you will have less acne.

Coconut oil as a makeup remover

Using coconut oil to remove makeup from your face is just one of the daily uses for coconut oil.

You will find that after some time, if you regularly use coconut oil on your face to remove makeup, your skin condition will improve tremendously and you will have to spend less money on moisturizers and other skin care products.

Coconut oil is also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, making it ideal for sensitive skin on the face.

The oils and fatty acids in coconut oil effectively cut makeup off the face without resorting to rubbing or applying harsh makeup removers. This means that after you remove your makeup, there is less chance that your skin will be irritated and damaged.

To use coconut oil to remove makeup:

  1. Rub some coconut oil (about a pea-sized amount) between your fingers.
  2. Gently apply coconut oil to your face, around your eyes, and on your lashes.
  3. Using gentle circular motions, massage some coconut oil onto your face to remove the rest of the makeup.
  4. Use a warm, wet washcloth to remove excess oil and makeup.
  5. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Remember that coconut oil is the best way to remove makeup around your eyes because it will not irritate your eyes.

Facial scrub

You can use coconut oil to make a homemade facial scrub for beautiful glowing skin. To use coconut oil as a facial scrub to cleanse your face, you just need to mix it with sugar and a few other ingredients (see recipe below).

The nourishing properties of coconut oil help keep your facial skin in excellent condition, while the sugar gently exfoliates to remove dead cells and unblock pores on your face.

In fact, because coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, it will help reduce the appearance of blemishes and redness on your cheeks and face. This scrub can be used not only on the face, but in any other area that needs exfoliation and hydration, such as when preparing the skin before waxing.

Here’s a simple homemade recipe to make a coconut oil and sugar face scrub:

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil, and 1/4 cup of blended raw honey.
  2. Add 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional).
  3. Apply the coconut oil scrub to your face and in gentle circular motions, exfoliate your facial skin to unclog pores and loosen dead cells.
  4. Repeat once or twice a week to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Coconut oil treats skin conditions and skin infections

Coconut oil can help you reduce the symptoms of a number of skin conditions that affect the face. For example, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, and allergic reactions that cause itchy red patches on the skin on the face and other areas of the body.

Sometimes itchy areas on the skin can be rough and scaly. Very often, these itchy rashes are caused by bacterial or fungal infections, and coconut oil is one of the best natural remedies to cure these skin infections.

One study showed that coconut oil effectively cures the symptoms of atopic dermatitis (the most common type of eczema). Its antibacterial properties help kill infection-causing bacteria, and coconut oil’s emollient effect also helps soothe dry skin associated with eczema.

Coconut oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can help reduce redness and itchiness, which is also symptomatic of many skin conditions.

To soothe the itchy and red skin that causes discomfort, all you have to do is massage the virgin coconut oil directly onto your face or other skin areas. Apply the coconut oil remedy 2-3 times a day until the itching and red skin are completely gone.

Coconut oil for acne treatment

Many people use coconut oil to treat facial acne and prevent further breakouts of blemishes, pimples, and pustules.

Acne occurs when excess sebum and dead skin cells clog pores. These pores can become inflamed and filled with pus when bacteria cause an infection.

Although coconut oil does not work for everyone who has acne, there are many people who have found this to be an effective home remedy for acne that, over time, can help reduce the amount of sebum produced by the skin.

The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil help reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation.

A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that lauric acid (the main fatty acid in coconut oil) showed strong antimicrobial activity against Propionibacterium acnes , the bacteria responsible for inflammatory acne.

Do a test before

The best way to find out if coconut oil will help you get rid of acne is to test a small amount on a small area of ​​your skin. You can also enhance the antibacterial effect of coconut oil by adding a few drops of tea tree oil.

Studies have shown that tea tree oil is also an effective natural ingredient for fighting acne-causing bacteria. For example, in one study, tea tree oil was shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a popular drug used to treat acne.

If you have acne prone skin, the best way to use coconut oil and get rid of pimples naturally is to start by using a small amount of coconut oil to see if it helps your skin.

All you have to do to use coconut oil to treat acne is mix 4 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil and store in a glass jar.

Apply a small amount of coconut oil on your face 2-3 times a day and repeat the application of the remedy until the acne disappears.

Coconut oil reduces facial wrinkles and prevents premature aging

Coconut oil can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face if you use it regularly as a skin moisturizer. Wrinkles appear when the collagen in the skin breaks down and the skin loses its elasticity.

Regular use of coconut oil on your face and neck can help keep your skin hydrated and prevent collagen loss, giving your skin a much smoother appearance.

Virgin coconut oil helps wounds heal faster because its components help increase collagen production. More collagen in the skin means that it will appear thicker and wrinkles will be less visible.

Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your face in the morning and at night as a daily moisturizer . The nourishing properties of coconut oil can help prevent the signs of premature aging and keep skin looking younger for longer.

Coconut oil soothes chapped lips

The moisturizing and healing properties of coconut oil make it one of the best natural ingredients to help relieve chapped lips. Plus, coconut oil tastes delicious and is completely non-toxic.

The best way to use coconut oil to soothe chapped and dry lips is to keep a few small glass jars containing the oil with you.

Because coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature, it is easy to apply to the lips. Massage a small amount of coconut oil on your lips whenever you need quick relief.

Coconut oil can help heal cold sores

Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) causes cold sores (fever blisters) and can cause unpleasant and painful blisters around the lips. You can use coconut oil to speed up the cold sore healing process and help soothe the discomfort caused by canker sores.

Coconut oil contains many antimicrobial and hydrating properties that can help treat blisters quickly.

To use coconut oil to cure cold sores, use a clean cotton swab to apply a small amount of coconut oil directly to the affected lips and surrounding facial skin.

You should do this as soon as you feel the tingling sensation on your lips that indicates the appearance of a cold sore. The antiviral properties of coconut oil can help reduce the severity and spread of the infection.

The soothing effect of coconut oil can also provide pleasant relief by hydrating roughened cold sore blisters. The antibacterial activity of coconut oil will also help prevent secondary infections from developing in the mouth and around the lips.

Natural shaving gel

One of the best reasons to keep coconut oil in the bathroom is to use coconut oil as a shaving gel. Applying coconut oil to your face before shaving is a great way to soften hairs and prepare your skin for shaving.

The advantage of using coconut oil as a facial shaving cream is that its antibacterial activity helps protect the skin from infection. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil prevent the hair follicles from becoming inflamed after shaving.

Using coconut oil as part of your shaving routine is also an effective and natural way to avoid cuts and burns.

The easiest way to use coconut oil for shaving is to apply a small amount to your face before shaving. You can do it in the following way:

  1. Dampen your face with a clean, warm washcloth or shave after getting out of a shower.
  2. Put a small amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and rub them together.
  3. Gently massage the coconut oil on your face and leave it for a minute or so.
  4. Shave as always, remembering not to shave against it.

The hydrating effect of coconut oil means that you may not have to put moisturizers on your face after shaving. However, if you need to, you can also use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer .

Relief for sunburn

After a day in the sun, you can apply coconut oil directly to your face and other skin areas to reduce redness and discomfort caused by sunburn.

Sun damage can dry out the skin and cause it to lose its elasticity. In addition, the harmful effects of solar radiation can cause burns and blisters on the skin. Coconut oil is one of the best natural ingredients to get rid of sunburn and sunburn blisters.

To use coconut oil for sunburns and soothe burned and damaged skin, apply coconut oil directly to the affected skin. Repeat 2-3 times a day to relieve burned skin on the face and heal and reduce redness more quickly.

Although coconut oil has a very low SPF factor, you shouldn’t use it to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, and you can’t replace a sunscreen.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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