Oh coconut oil, it’s the best thing since sliced bread. If you’ve seen the memes, you’ll know that the internet wants you to use it for everything. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Out of Crisco? Coconut oil. Seeing your ex at a party you forgot to wear deodorant to? Coconut oil. Of course, there are certain things you shouldn’t use coconut oil for. When it comes to your face, there are some things you need to know.
Is coconut oil good for your face?
Although coconut oil can be used as a substitute for many beauty products, you should never put it directly on your face. The properties of coconut oil cannot penetrate your pores, which means using coconut oil on your face will clog your pores and cause breakouts and dryness.
However, coconut oil is seen as a magic ingredient in many skincare products, especially natural products. While you shouldn’t put it on your face on its own, when it’s mixed with other ingredients such as shea butter, aloe and certain AHAs and BHAs, coconut oil can aid in preventing wrinkles, providing hydration and even healing acne.
It’s important to be cautious of what kind of coconut oil you are putting on your skin, although some DIY recipes claim that you can use the same coconut oil you use in your kitchen as a beauty treatment, but not all oils are created equal.
This is because the coconut oil you’ll find at your local grocery store is usually unrefined EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil), while the oil found in skincare is fractionated. The biggest difference between the two is the former is less processed and haven’t been exposed to those chemicals, while fractionated oil has had the long chain of fatty acids removed so the oil remains liquid at room temperature, and has a longer shelf life. Other factors such as cosmetic grade and ingredient quality can also make a difference.
To say the least, finding a coconut oil you can trust to put on your face is not easy. That’s why we’ve searched the earth for coconut oils that combine the best ingredients for your skin and are effective for a range of skin concerns and needs.
Here are some of our favorite coconut oil products:
This raw, organic coconut cream is the best to use for cuticles or sunburnt areas of dry skin such as elbows and knees.