Coconut oil is a true gift of nature and an indispensable ingredient in the cosmetics industry. It can be applied to any part of the body, and it is also highly recommended as a food supplement.
It contains a unique combination of fatty acids, the main one being the lauric acid, which possesses powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Nevertheless, coconut oil is not recommended for people who have sensitive, mixed, and problematic facial skin because it can clog the pores and cause the emergence of acne and blackheads. Even though personal experiences with coconut oil vary, it should be avoided in treatment of blackheads and pimples to skip out on unwanted facial skin problems.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin
- It contains a large amount of vitamin E,
- It helps reduce the risk of skin infections (acne, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis),
- It slows skin aging,
- It moisturizes dry skin,
- It also acts as a good sun sunscreen,
- It is easy to apply and quickly absorbs into the skin,
- It can be combined with almost all ingredients,
- It provides the skin with various vitamins and minerals.
Coconut oil can be applied directly to the face in small amounts instead of face creams, and you can also try some of the recipes that are listed below.
Coconut Oil Scrub
Mix a spoonful of coconut oil with a spoonful of honey and a spoonful of sugar. Apply the scrub to the face in circular motion, then rinse. If you do not have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you can just pat your face with a clean towel and the residual coconut oil will nourish your skin.
If you do not want a greasy leftover on your skin, clean your face with a facial cleanser or micellar solution. You can perform the procedure once or twice a week.
Also, you can add sugar into the scrub.
Although sugar has no healing properties, because of its rugged texture, cleansing the face will be much more effective and the sugar will help remove dead skin cells of the surface layer.
Facial Cleansing Gel
Mix a spoonful of coconut oil and a small teaspoon of honey with a few drops of lemon juice. Carefully wash your face with the mixture, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
This mixture can take the place of the soap with which you usually clean your face, so use it daily for maximum results. This recipe is not recommended for sensitive skin prone to acne, as it may lead to clogging of the pores and the appearance of additional acne and blackheads.
Honey will provide your face with various benefits, the most important being the stimulation of skin regeneration and hydratization. Here lemon serves to protect oily skin, and helps make dark spots and scars of previous acne fade.
If you apply lemon to your face, use a protective cream or avoid direct exposure to sunlight because lemon makes skin photosensitive and burns can occur when exposed to direct sunlight.
Coconut Oil for Eyelash Growth and Eyebrow Care
You can make a simple eyelash growth serum from coconut oil and castor oil by putting the ratio of 2/3 of castor oil to 1/3 of coconut oil in a cleansed old mascara tube vile. With this serum you can also nourish your eyebrows and stimulate their growth.
Coconut Oil Mask for Dry Skin
Aside from cleansing your face with coconut oil, you can also make a mask whose primary job is to moisturize dry skin. Mix a spoonful of coconut oil and a spoonful of honey with half a teaspoon of avocado oil and one half of a mashed banana.
After applying the mask to your face, leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse with water or wash your face with a mild cleansing product. The procedure should be repeated once or, if you have extremely dry skin, twice a week.
Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover
The recipe for this home-made makeup remover is very simple. Dab a cotton ball in a bit of coconut oil and gently remove the makeup. You can rub the oil into the skin with your fingers to make sure all the makeup has been decomposed and remove it with a cotton ball.
Removing makeup with coconut oil is especially useful for the eye area, which requires gentle movements because otherwise prematurely visible wrinkles might appear. If you have problematic skin, use coconut oil only in the eye area.
If you want to provide your skin with only the best of nature, coconut oil is the right choice. We also recommend extra virgin coconut oil.