How to Make Coconut Oil Face Masks

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You can easily make a coconut oil face mask with virgin organic coconut oil, along with various other components, such as lemon juice, oatmeal, essential oils, yogurt, baking soda, and honey, among others. This oil is one of the most beneficial substances you can use in a face mask, given its rich content of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, polyphenolic compounds, and other antioxidants.

Benefits of Coconut Oil Face Mask

Some of the top benefits of a coconut oil face mask include its ability to hydrate your skin, eliminate wrinkles and age marks, neutralize acne-causing bacteria, stimulate the regrowth of healthy new cells, boost the elasticity of the skin, and soothe inflammation. These powerful properties have made coconut oil the primary base for many different face masks used by those interested in all-natural skin treatments.

Moisturizes the Skin

The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are able to quickly and easily penetrate the skin, due to their smaller size, delivering and retaining moisture to dehydrated skin, which prevents dry patches, discoloration, and irritation. Moisture is essential for an even and rosy glow to the skin, and also provides the soft, supple skin that most people are seeking.

Coconut cream, sliced lemon, lemon rind, and whole coconut on wood

Coconut oil can be used to make a DIY moisturizing facemask. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Prevents Aging

As per USDA, coconut oil contains vitamin E which is associated with anti-aging. It also contains other polyphenolic compounds that act as antioxidants, meaning that they can neutralize the effects of free radicals – the byproducts of cellular metabolism. These free radicals cause oxidative stress and the breakdown of healthy cells, speeding up the aging process and producing age spots and other blemishes. A coconut oil face mask can minimize these visible effects and not only leave your skin looking younger but also more capable of defending against free radical damage in the future.

Antibacterial Effects

As mentioned, this oil contains a high concentration of medium-chain fatty acids, which have natural antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. For people suffering from acne, which is caused by Propionibacterium acnes, a coconut oil face mask can permeate the skin to expel grime, toxins, and oils where this bacterium can grow and thrive.

Protects Skin Elasticity

As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and skin that is more easily damaged. Coconut oil can stimulate collagen cross-linking, strengthening the bonds of our dermal tissue and giving the skin a needed lift, improving the healthy appearance of your face.

Reduces Inflammation

Since the face is so often exposed to the elements and other environmental factors, such as pollutants, irritants and toxins, inflammation and breakouts are quite common. Coconut oil has natural anti-inflammatory effects that can stimulate blood flow to the skin to speed the healing process and increase your face’s defenses against external effects.

Promotes Growth & Repair

The vitamin and antioxidant content of this oil can help stimulate the growth of new cells, which is essential in the case of damaged tissue or scarring (such as from acne). Coconut oil can help to exfoliate the skin, which sloughs off dead skin cells so that new, healthy cells can grow and replace them, so even blemishes and scars can benefit from the regular use of these face masks.

How to Make a Coconut Oil Face Mask?

You can make coconut oil face masks with a wide variety of ingredients, depending on the specific effects you are trying to achieve. Let’s take a look at the three ways of making a coconut oil face mask.

Coconut cream, sliced lemon, lemon rind, and whole coconut on wood

How To Make Coconut Oil Face Mask

Out of the many things that coconut oil benefits, skincare is definitely one of them. Even dermatologists believe that something as ordinary as coconut oil can work wonders on the skin. Coconut oil is the perfect choice to keep the skin acne-free and radiant. We all love to flaunt a perfect skin. So, follow our DIY steps to prepare 3 of these coconut face masks at home. 
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Ingredients

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Lemon and Yogurt

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Baking Soda

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Honey

  • 1 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp organic honey
  • 2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 green tea bag (remove the leaves, un-steeped)

Instructions

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Lemon and Yogurt

  • To make this mask, combine all three ingredients ie, virgin organic coconut oil, lemon juice, and yogurt, in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
    Coconut cream, sliced lemon, lemon rind, and whole coconut on wood
  • Wash your face and lightly dry.
  • Apply the mixture generously to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes
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  • Rinse off the face mask with warm water and gently pat dry your face

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Baking Soda

  • To make this face mask, mix the two ingredients, ie. virgin organic coconut oil, and baking soda, thoroughly to form a consistent paste.
  • This particular mask should be applied especially on inflamed skin. Apply it to the inflamed or irritated areas of the face (corners and bridge of the nose, chin, etc.)
  • Massage the paste into the skin in small circles for 5 minutes, then allow it to sit for another 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the baking soda mask off with cold water, then gently pat the skin dry.

Coconut Oil Face Mask With Honey

  • To make this mask, combine virgin organic coconut oil, honey, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and green tea bags. Thoroughly mix all four ingredients in a bowl, ensuring that the coconut oil has not separated
  • Gently apply over your entire face with your finger or applicator (the face mask will be sticky). Allow the face mask to sit for 15-20 minutes.
    A woman getting a honey facemask at a spa or salon
  •  Gently rinse off the mask with warm water and pat the skin dry, being careful not to rub or wipe.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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