6 Benefits of Using Coconut Oil on Your Skin

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile products out there.

We cook with it, we put it in our hair, we whiten our teeth and so much more. We're especially fans of making popcorn popped in coconut oil, but did you know coconut oil is also really good for your skin? While we wouldn't ever grab a jar of coconut oil and slather it on our faces (it's comedogenic), we would use it directly on our bodies. And if we were to put it on our faces, we would likely be using it as a makeup remover and immediately wash it off (seriously, it will clog your pores big-time!). If you want to incorporate coconut oil into your skincare and body care routine, continue below to learn about the six benefits of using it on your skin.

1. Locks in Moisture

Coconut oil will lock in moisture and is perfect to use on super dry areas of your body. Whether you deal with cracked heels, dry elbows or some other area, slather some coconut oil on and you'll instantly lock in moisture. And pro-tip—try to cover up the area with socks or a long sleeve top!


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2. Smoothes and Reduces Appearance of Fine Lines

If you have fine lines, coconut oil will help smooth and reduce the appearance of any imperfections. But be careful—since coconut oil on its own is highly comedogenic, your pores are much more susceptible to becoming clogged, so be wary of where you place the product!


3. Aids With Redness and Irritation

Thanks to the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil, redness and irritation of the skin are dramatically improved. If you have redness on your skin, it will help with its appearance. And if you're dealing with irritation, coconut oil will soothe and even help to heal the area.


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4. Helps Even Skin Tone and Reduces Appearance of Dark Spots

Uneven skin tone may seem like an impossible task to fix up, but coconut oil has actually been a proven method to aid in the process. Whether you have dark spots or just uneven coloring in general, the constant application of coconut oil will help you out tons.


5. Soothes Eczema and Psoriasis

Kim Kardashian isn't the only person with psoriasis! If you deal with psoriasis or even eczema, using coconut oil can soothe the effects and feelings that come along with both skin conditions.


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6. Acts as a Makeup Remover

Sometimes a makeup wipe or cleanser just won't cut it when it comes to removing makeup—especially things like lash glue and waterproof mascara. That's where coconut oil comes in! The oil acts as a remover and will grab makeup and dirt and help it easily be taken off.


What about hair? Look HERE to find out all about the benefits of using coconut oil on your hair.