coconut oil for skin

Is coconut oil right for your skin type?

It's the most famous food on the block, but is it worth the hype?

Coconut oil for skin is hailed as the darling of the ‘natural world’.

According to many a model, it’s the skin miracle we all need. And if we had a penny for every time The Body Coach throws a spoonful of Lucy Bee into his pan, well, we’d have a couple of hundred quid.

There’s no denying that there are a number of benefits of coconut oil. This raw, unprocessed stuff is full of goodness. It’s packed with vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric and caprylic acids (known for their antifungal properties – nice). But should we be slapping it on our face daily?

Well, the answer isn’t as simple as yes or no.

On the upside, coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats. This is great for repairing your skin’s natural barrier and trapping in moisture. Plus, it’s naturally antimicrobial, so will kill off any surface bacteria you may have picked up during the day.

That’s not all. There’s a slew of celebrities who claim numerous benefits of coconut oil for teeth. You’ve no doubt heard of Coco White (favoured by the Kardashians for whiter teeth). Plus, it soothes rashes, speeds your skin’s healing process and combats flaking like a boss. And if you’ve ever run out of your favourite skin highlighter, just dab it along your cheekbones for the healthiest glow you’ve ever seen.

But wait! Before you get overly excited and slather yourself head to toe in it, know this – coconut oil is also one of the highest comedogenic oils out there. This means that coconut oil for skin may not actually be as good as you thought.

In fact, on a scale of 0 – 5 (the latter being the highest), coconut oil sits at a number 4.  Which is a big problem if you have acne or blemish prone skin.

In layman terms, coconut oil can clog pores. It has to, as that’s how it locks in moisture and hydrates your skin, which is why so many people use coconut oil for hair.

That’s not say that our angelic beauty saviour has gone and turned Devil. On the contrary, a lot of bloggers have praised the effects coconut oil for hair. And many have celebrated the effects it has had on their skin. But be aware, different skin types will have different reactions.

If you’re already in love with coconut oil and have used it with great success, there’s no need to panic. Keep doing what you’re doing. If it works for you, it works.

However, if you’ve been using coconut oil in the hopes of achieving clearer, brighter skin, only to end up with a whole lot of aggravation, try one of these less comedogenic oils instead:

Hemp seed

Comedogenic rating: 0

Benefits: Natural SPF, aids absorption of Vitamin D and is high in Omega 6 and 3. All of which are known to help rebuild your natural skin barrier.

Argan oil

Comedogenic Rating: 0

Benefits: contains vitamin E to help repair your skin, reduces inflammation and is known for its anti fungal properties.

Shea butter

Comedogenic Rating: 0

Benefits: contains Vitamin E, is super moisturising and stimulates collagen production

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