Coconut Oil rose to fame in recent years when high profile bloggers and celebrities 👸🏻began to flood the internet praising this multi-purpose, natural, and ‘key to perfect skin’ ingredient. Acne? Coconut Oil, Dry Skin? Coconut Oil, BO? Coconut Oil, Dull/Lacklustre Skin? Coconut Oil 🤦🏼♀️….it seems to be the answer to all questions. But remember, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is (please note this topic is one of Megan’s Soap Boxes)✨.
Coconut oil is the oil derived from the ‘meat’ of a coconut. It’s a rich source of saturated fats, including triglycerides, which can be good for very dry skin. The benefit of Coconut Oil is that it contains both Lauric (anti inflammatory, helps with acne) and Linoleic Acids (skin restorative, antioxidant, skin soothing). Coconut Oil also has emollient 🙌🏼 properties that aid skin’s ability to prevent moisture loss and provide nourishing hydration that softens rough, dry skin 🏜.
The downside of Coconut Oil is that it is not formulated specifically for the skin 🙅🏼♀️. The heavy molecular weight means it cannot hydate the skin by itself, and may cause congestion. We believe the reason this is a top searched ingredient is due to the controversial pros and cons, as well as anecdotal evidence. ⠀
Who should use Coconut Oil?
We would personally never recommend using pure coconut oil on the skin, and think it is better left in the kitchen. However, if you are really keen to use coconut oil, we would say it is best for very dry skin that is not prone to breakouts.
Coconut Oil Tips
Check the ingredient label, and make sure that no fragrances, flavors, or dyes have been added, as these are potential irritants
Layer or mix in with a moisturiser. As we mentioned, coconut oil has a tendency to sit on top of the skin, so make sure you are also adding in your serum and moisturiser to properly hydrate the skin
Other ways to use coconut oil:
For shaving legs
Removing eye makeup
As a hair mask
As body oil (nipples down)
Can coconut oil help with acne?
We will quote our favourite myth buster on this one, because nobody puts it better...
“There is no conclusive evidence to back up the claim that coconut oil is an anti-acne solution. In fact, coconut oil’s emollient, saturated fat components are far more likely to exacerbate breakouts and make oily skin feel even more oily. Don’t fall for the hype on this one; if you do, it won’t take long for you to find out for yourself how problematic this can be.” - @paulaschoiceuk
Products that contain Linoleic and/or Lauric Acid that can help with skin smoothing and/or breakouts