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Have you jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet? This natural ingredient has been getting lots of press lately for its ability to repair split ends in the hair, prevent belly fat, treat Candida and so much more. Why the hype? Today, we're taking a look at the many benefits of coconut oil for skin. Come back to the blog next week for Part 2 of our piece, which focuses on the health benefits.

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The skincare benefits of coconut oil

A favorite ingredient of holisitic health practitioners, coconut oil offers many skincare benefits.

  • Moisturizing benefits -- Coconut oil is composed of saturated fats. In skincare, these fats help the skin retain moisture and create a supple feel.
  • Protective benefits -- Abundant in Vitamin E, coconut oil contains antioxidant properties. Applying coconut oil may help fight environmental damage. These protective benefits may help to prevent the visible signs of aging.
  • Anti-aging benefits -- In regions where coconuts are readily available, natives use the oil as an all-natural wrinkle fighting cream. In fact, it is often the only skincare product used.
  • Reparative benefits -- Coconut oil is also rich in protein, which may aid in tissue repair and improve cellular health.
  • Eczema treatment benefits -- Many people with eczema say that coconut oil helps to combat the itching associated with this skin condition.

There are many ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine. I find that it works well as a lip balm. It also works well as an eye makeup remover. Just use a pea-sized amount and gently massage into the eye area. You will find that even mascara seems to melt away. Or even better, choose a gentle cleanser with coconut oil to wash your face at night.  When you are product shopping and reading the labels, it may say Caprlyic/Capric Triglyceride instead of the words "Coconut Oil."  

Do you use coconut oil on your skin? What is your favorite use?

Karley Ziegler Mott (64 Posts)

Karley has spent nearly two decades in the beauty and skincare industry, as a makeup artist and skincare specialist with a passion for green and natural products. After her children were born, she returned to her writing roots -- working as a magazine beauty editor, blogger and article writer for publications such as USA Today. She resides in New York with her husband and two sons.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “5 skincare benefits of coconut oil”



    August 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I use CapriClear, an all natural coconut oil moisturizer that is great for those of us who have dry skin/eczema. The coconut smell has been taken out so you don’t smell like one.

    • Karley Ziegler Mott

      August 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I am glad you have a coconut oil you like. However, if there is no coconut odor, it has been refined, often using chemicals deodorizing agents, which can negate some of the benefits. Look for “virgin unrefined” on your labels to be sure it is a pure, beneficial oil.

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