Coconut Uses for Skin
Below are some tips on how to use coconut oil for skin. Once you learn how to use coconut oil on your skin, you’ll reap most of its health and beauty benefits. Read on for more!
Hydrating Your Face with Coconut Oil
Here’s how to use coconut oil on skin:
Perform your normal face cleansing routine. Whether you lightly splash your face with water, exfoliate it with a brush, or use the oil cleansing method, go ahead and wash your face. Pat it dry with a soft towel, making sure not to pull at your skin – your facial skin is fragile, and a lot of pulling and tugging can cause damage.
Rub a little coconut oil around your eyes. Coconut oil is a wonderful under-eye and eyelid cream. It helps moisturize that paper-thin skin, improving dark circles and keeping wrinkles at bay. Rub a tiny amount around your eyes, focusing on areas that have wrinkles.
- You probably only need less than a pea-sized amount for each eye. Take care not to use too much.
- Avoid getting the coconut oil in your eyes. It will thinly coat your eyes, making your vision blurry for a little while!
Apply coconut oil sparingly to other dry areas. If you tend to get a very dry patch between your eyebrows, at your temples, on your nose or in another spot, apply a small amount of coconut oil there. Rub it in gently using a circular motion.
Rub coconut oil on your lips. Unrefined coconut oil will soften and moisturize chapped lips. It’s completely edible, so there’s no need to worry about ingesting a little.
Don’t rub coconut oil all over your face. Used in certain areas, it’s extremely beneficial, but if you slather it all over, your skin may clog your pores and cause a breakout. This is a powerful oil that should be used in small doses where you need it the most.
- If you’re using the oil cleansing method, don’t use coconut oil. Again, it can clog your pores.
Moisturizing Your Body with Coconut Oil
Apply coconut oil after you’ve taken a bath or shower. When your skin is still warm and supple from your bath or shower, the coconut oil will be more readily absorbed.
Use a tablespoon of coconut oil to moisturize your arms. Scoop out a half tablespoon to one tablespoon and place it on your arm. Use your opposite hand to rub it in until the coconut oil has melted over your skin. Smooth it on evenly and keep rubbing until it’s all gone. Repeat with the other arm.
Use two tablespoons of coconut oil to moisturize your legs. Scoop out one to two tablespoons and rub them into your thigh, knee area, lower leg, and foot. Keep rubbing until the scoops have melted into your skin. Repeat with the other leg.
Use another tablespoon to moisturize your torso. Rub it over your back, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and anywhere else you’d like to moisturize. You can use coconut oil just as you would any other lotion.
(Adapted from How to Use Coconut Oil on Your Hair and Skin.)