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Coconut Oil for Skin

Coconut oil is famous throughout the world not only as an edible oil and hair tonic, but also as an excellent massage oil and smoothener for the skin. In the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, natives commonly spread coconut oil on their skin, as they believe that it protects from the sun’s harmful rays. So this natural oil, without any chemical or additives, can protect the skin in some of the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than our processed and artificial sun creams?

The question is, what makes coconut oil so beneficial for the skin? Before we can understand how coconut oil achieves all of its impressive benefits that people around the world claim, let’s look into the constituents of coconut oil and their respective properties that might make them useful for maintaining skin health.

Coconut Oil- Composition

Saturated Fats: Predominantly, these saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.


Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid: These are not very different from the medium chain fatty acids, but it is still important to mention them separately here, since they have their own contributions. These three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. As a result, when applied on the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter the body through the pores. This microbial action can be experienced even if coconut oil is taken internally, as the fatty acids boost the immunity when converted to monocaprins and monolaurins.

Furthermore, capric, caprylic, and lauric acids are easily broken down chains of fatty acids, meaning that they contribute to usable energy in a quick and efficient way. This can be a major boost to your energy levels before a workout, which is why these powerful acids have also been linked to weight loss and management. Losing weight is a good way to improve the quality of your skin by reducing excess fat, stretch marks, and folds in the skin which can be unattractive. Having a healthy, toned body means that the skin maintains its tight grip around the muscles and bones.

Vitamin-E: The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E,  thus enhancing it skin-nourishing properties.

Anti-Aging Cream: Traditionally, coconut oil has been praised and popularized for its anti-aging properties.

CoconutProteins: Like coconuts themselves, coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body. For any damaged cells on or near the skin, a healthy of flow of proteins guarantees their replacement at a normal rate, whereas people with protein-deficient diets heal slower and often develop more obvious scars due to the extended healing time.

The best property of coconut oil that makes it so beneficial for skin is that it does not become rancid. When you apply it on the skin, it can work for a longer time, unlike many other oils, without it getting rancid. Due to these various beneficial properties of coconut oil, it is used as an important ingredient in several skin care creams.

Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin Care

Coconut oil can be used for skin care in the following ways:

Lip Gel:  Cracks in our lips can be a source of worry, discomfort, and embarrassment. When we apply chemical gels on the lips, it is possible to consume those gels accidentally, even though they are somewhat toxic. Some gels may be edible, but you still don’t want to eat those chemicals.


Coconut oil comes as an ideal alternative in such cases. It acts quickly and even if it goes in your stomach, it will only give you additional benefits, so everyone wins!

Skin softener: Most of us use several creams and lotions for softening our skin, especially the skin of the face and hands. Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions. Simply take some coconut oil on your palms, rub your palms against each other once or twice and then on your face, hands, or wherever you want to see the moisturizing effect.

Coconut oil is also good for hardened and cracked feet, which may happen due to excessive cold or strenuous work while standing on your feet. The cracks in your feet will not vanish, but your feet will become softer within days if you apply coconut oil to the affected area.

As an exfoliant, including coconut oil as an agent with other exfoliating or grainy materials like salts and sugars can vastly improve the effects. You will successfully scrape off excess dead skin and clean out whatever substances have blocked the pores without leaving the skin feeling irritated. The natural soothing nature of the oil combines with the grainy, exfoliating material perfectly, and leaves your skin with an even color, closed pores, and a soft texture.

Makeup Remover: Coconut oil can also be used a makeup remover. This is not common, but women have begun using it for removing the makeup of the face and eyes, without worrying about the harsh chemicals of other removers getting into delicate or sensitive areas.


Skin disorders: It is claimed that coconut oil is good for several skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Several readers have reported this benefit. However, scientific research is ongoing in order to prove or disprove these claims. Much of the research that is there speaks to its protein content, since the replacement of sick or dying cells that can occur with various skin disorders, are quickly replaced by new, healthy cells. In this way, coconut oil not only treats the infection by battling the microbial bodies, they also heal the damage or the visible marks of that skin disorder; it is a two-in-one solution!

How To Use Coconut Oil

For many who have never used coconut oil, its various applications can be confusing. You should try to buy coconut oil in a jar which has a broad opening. In colder climates, coconut oil can be solid, like a cream. However, in warm temperatures, it comes as a liquid. For skin care use, take some coconut oil, either solid or liquid, on your palm. Then, rub your palms together and onto the skin of the desired area. You can also put the coconut oil on a piece of cotton and rub the cotton onto your skin. However, it is not necessary to reapply coconut oil as often as other natural skin care oils. You only need a small amount to create a protective shield on your skin that will last for a long time.

Many people make the mistake of using too much coconut oil, and since the skin can only absorb a certain amount, the protective layer that the absorbed oil creates doesn’t let any more oil in! This means that if you use too much, too often, your skin will end up as an oily mess, and will look shiny or greasy, not to mention what it might do to your clothes! Here is a helpful video on how to use coconut oil for skin care. Then, go get yourself some coconut oil and bring your skin back to its natural beauty! Sources of Information:

  • Reports of Coconut Development Board of India,
  • Reports of KERAFED.
  • Various other websites



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  1. Orange County Babysitter says:

    I’ve tried using coconut oil (extra-virgin, organic, unrefined) as a moisturizer for both my skin and lips and as much as I wanted it to work, it just didn’t. My lips were dry as were my hands, until I switched back to chapstick and commercial hand lotion. I don’t want to give up on using coconut oil though. Is there something I’m missing on how to use this as a moisturizer?

    • Judy Carol says:

      you may have to exfoliate your hands and lips first to get the layer of dead skin off first then apply the oil.

  2. Lori A Howard says:

    This is just a few ways to use coconut oil. I love it=)

  3. Norma Sidasch says:

    Great ad on coco oil as cosmetic! Kudos!

  4. Sharleen Simpson says:

    I know of the great qualities of coconut oil, juice and the milk, I was brought up on it.

  5. Albert Turla says:

    My mom makes coconut oil when she adds coconut to her cooking. Its great for us! We also use the coconut shells to start a fire for our fireplace and hibachi.

  6. Silo Cage says:

    Great tips

  7. Meli Knowles says:

    Just a note on this video. DO NOT MICROWAVE the coconut oil! It does destroy the beneficial properties of the oil.

  8. Page Pelham says:

    Does it have to be virgin bc I just bought the organic Coconut oil refined USDA but should I go back and get the virgin unrefined??? I've been drinking it in hot tea but would love it it would help with wrinkles, third Botox and it doesn't work on about 3% of people just so happens not to work for me or my sister… Hoping this will! ;) Thanks ~Page

  9. Nick Vanderwood says:

    I'd recommend a virgin coconut oil called Memory Oil to anyone! definitely give it a try, for, it is healthy and its effects are crazy good, and for the fact that its price beats a lot of other coconut oils I've seen! Memory oils is only $10 a 14 oz. bottle! Check out their website here, http://memoryoils.com/.

  10. Enzo Malagisi says:


  11. Anonymous says:

    try anaqah body scrubs on ebay they have shea butter and coconut oil with dead sea salt , aslo body butters and a heap of natural hair stuff. really good products with natural ingredients.

  12. Carla Souza says:

    It also protects your skin from the sun. I'm wondering where it stands when it comes to acne. Right now I have a lot of acne on my cheeks and chin but seborrheic dermatitis (SD) around my hose and neck. I heard anti-fungal oils are good for it and I thought about trying coconut oil (since I recently read it also protects your skin from the sun without all the bad chemicals of sunscreen). I'm thinking about using it to make my own makeup remover wipes (saw the recipe on pinterest, 1 cup of hot water 1/4 tspon of coconut oil, a few squirts of favorite cleanser, and a few drops of tea trea oil poured over paper towels (a row cut in half)) and see if it helps both my acne and SD. I'm desperate. I have tried all sort of expensive treatments and nothing works because whatever helps the SD makes the acne worse and vice-versa.

    • Cátia Souza says:

      Esse é o óleo milagroso que você mefalou outri dia…aquele q faz a espinha secar?

    • Carla Souza says:

      naum, esse é o tea tree oil, mais parece q o oleo de coco é melhor ainda

    • Lisa Hartman says:

      Try eliminating refined sugars and dairy products for a couple weeks to a month. I'd be willing to bet you'll see a difference in your skin as well. When I stopped eating dairy my skin stopped breaking out and when I do eat it I usually get a couple pimples. Sugar and dairy are usually 2 major culprits in depressing your immune system and causing problems. Not to mention sugar is in almost everything processed these days so read your labels. It's made a world of difference for me!

    • Brenda Stump Fazio says:

      Carla, I would also add essential oils of carrot, chamomile, and lavender for the acne and SD. They are great E.O.'s for acne and dermatitis and will make the wipes (or solution to use with cotton balls) smell better. Castor oil works on acne as well if you want to add a few drops.

  13. April Cole says:

    if I happen to have oil skin if I use cocount oil, will it break out?

  14. Gil Gillis says:

    Great info! Thanks! Gil Dublin, Ga

  15. Tirano Couture says:

    Love coconut oil !

  16. Bryan Wagstaff says:

    I use coconut oil as you outlined in your video and you are absolutely right about the benefits to the hair and skin.

  17. Bryan Wagstaff says:

    You are a beautiful woman

  18. Nick Vanderwood says:

    Memory Oil (also a virgin coconut oil) works great for my skin! I've been using for only 2 weeks and all my wrinkles under my eyes are gone! Memory Oil is a secret no one knows about, everyone look up MemoryOils website. It should be up soon. ;) Thanks!

  19. Loretta Gerhardt says:

    How would this coconut oil work as a moisturizer around the eyes?

  20. Catherine Kamoto says:

    Hi! Can I use the coconut oil on my son's burning scars?

  21. Amanda Boumans Anderson says:

    I didn't think microwaving was good for it? I thought you were just supposed to melt it with hot water?

  22. Dawn Froelich says:

    I loved the video, I felt it was very helpful, I also really liked her lip gloss. wish I knew what it is.

  23. Dal Gordon says:

    I have looked for product's for many years for something for my psoriasis to help with the dryness, guy's this it!, my only regret is that it took so long to find out about it. So to all my friends, family use it.

    • Nat Sandwith says:

      i to have psoriasis and hav just found out about cocnut oil only took 16 years tho lol

    • Becky Whitworth says:

      i have psoriasis bad i have tryed everything and someone told me to try coconut oil i hope this works but i am not sure if you have to remove the dry flaky skin first for this to work please let me know how well the oil is working for you and if you have to remove the old skin first thanks becky

    • Francis Rodriguez says:

      Hello Dal, Nat and Becky, I have a beautiful 23 years old who was just diagnosed with psoriasis, and as you can imagine this has been the worse news a girl her age has recieved, and adding to this is the side effects of the medicine (is afecting her inmune system), I have looked and looked, and just found out the benefits of coconut oil, just wanted to know if any of you could tell me how Coconut Oil worked for you… please let me know ( I bought the coconut oil already), you can email me at " [email protected] Thank you all in advance.

    • Dal Gordon says:

      OK Francis, but too start with LOUANN pure coconut oil, I use after I shower everyday, Now dear she should be part of a support group which did not exist when I grew up with .my number is 720-999-3304

    • Nat Sandwith says:

      Hi Francis, everyone is different but i have found calendula herbal creams as well as taking omega 3,6 & 9 drinking chamomile tea works best for me,it fades but it never really goes:(

    • Dal Gordon says:

      Took me 55yrs

    • Dal Gordon says:

      No Becky you don't, but the point is it won't clear the skin that comes from your meds, however it make your skin less crusty this I know allot about, but softens and allows you to peel of the layers, I use it daily,

    • Francis Rodriguez says:

      Thank you Dal and Nat, I really appreciate your fast responce, I really need all the information I can get, I will talk to my daughter about the support groups and save your number. God bless all of you!

    • Becky Whitworth says:

      Hi Francis the coconut oil works good if i would put it on like am spose to my email address is [email protected] so please let me know how it is working for you

    • Manon Audette says:

      I have keratosis and it has almost vanished since using coconut oil! I oil up every night! And yeah I hear you guys!! Only took me 30 years!! :p

    • Brenda Stump Fazio says:

      For psoriasis, add essential oils of benzoin resin, bergamot, lavender and roman chamomile to your butters/oils.

  24. Darlene Williamson-Langer says:

    Might be worth a try………available @ Costco I was told (not sure of brand name tho).

  25. Ruth Munnell says:

    I hear this is a natural product we all nee to try it.

  26. Zen DeBrucke says:

    I have been traveling and did not want to bring a bunch of facial products with me. I just brought a bottle of coconut oil. It has been 3 months of using it nightly and I am amazed. My skin has NEVER looked so good and I don't get the monthly hormonal pimple. I will never go back to buying expensive products again. I just slather it on my face, neck and chest each night and it works wonders.

  27. Violet Dangarembwa says:

    Add a icomment…i.