While there remains some debate about the healthiness of cooking with coconut oil, what has never been questioned is its wonderful benefits for your skin.
Coconut oil is an excellent natural skin moisturiser. In fact, you could easily argue it is one of the best ones on the market, natural or otherwise. Being chemical free and organic is an added bonus.
While often solid at room temperature (unless you live in the tropics), coconut oil will melt as soon as you apply it and does not feel sticky or greasy on your skin. It easily seeps into the pores, moisturising both deeply and thoroughly. Its creamy texture makes it perfect for massaging all over your body, but if you prefer, you can leave it in warm water for a few minutes before application, to pre-liquefy.
For those with dry skin, coconut oil is best applied to your face after washing and drying it with a soft towel. The oil spreads surprisingly well, so you should only need about a quarter of a teaspoon. Rub it between your palms and gently massage it into your face. After 5-10 minutes the oil should be absorbed into the skin and you can wipe away any excess.
If you have naturally oily skin, never fear. It may seem contradictory, but coconut oil can actually help with the oiliness of your skin. The overproduction of sebum – a naturally occurring oil in the skin – can often be the result of insufficient skin hydration. The body is trying to compensate by producing more. Regular application of coconut oil is a natural solution to this problem.
For oily skin, wash your neck and face with a mild soap, then apply as directed above. You can use a bit more than a quarter of a teaspoon. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then wash with warm water and dry. Repeat the process for a few days to condition your skin to reduce its sebum levels.
Finally, you can even use coconut oil under your eyes! Eye creams can be super expensive, but coconut oil is a viable and cheap substitute. Rub a tiny amount in between your fingers to warm it up, before carefully patting it in. We recommend a plain oil for under the eyes, such as our Completely Coconut oil, available online now.