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How are y’all doing?
We are at that time of the year when people with oily skin/face usually have to deal with bringing the oil their skin produces under control because of the massive Lagos heat! So many people want to know if it’s okay to apply coconut oil on their oily skin. If you are in this position, you probably have written off any oil regimen from your skincare routine because of your past experiences or simply because you cannot afford to add more oil to your already oily skin. So how can oil, particularly coconut oil, benefit you right now, particularly if your skin is oily?
Coconut oil is good for the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It permeates and moisturises the skin preventing dry, peeling and patchy skin, especially when wearing flip flops on a hot day. It is also a source of mineral oil, which is needed, even when it’s hot. You can use coconut oil in different ways.
- Add a few drops of coconut oil to your regular body lotion or moisturiser:
I know what it means to have oily skin as I deal with a face that is partly oily and partly dry, depending on the weather. However, you don’t want to miss out on the awesome benefits of coconut oil while also preventing your skin from producing too much oil. With coconut oil, as is with most natural skin care products, less is usually more. Drop some coconut oil in your regular body lotion or moisturiser in order to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Apply a thin portion of this to your skin including your face.
If you have acne prone skin, ensure you apply this mixture sparingly to your face after thoroughly cleansing your face and washing it with cold water to close up the pores. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that prevent acne and pimples; however, you do not want to clog your pores with too much oil.
2. Use coconut oil in facial masks and as a facial scrub:
Coconut oil can be used in facial masks and scrubs. As part of my night time beauty routine, I apply a mixture of coconut oil and turmeric on my face and leave it for up to 20 minutes before washing it off with soap and water while rubbing my face in a circular motion. This not only cleanses your face but also lightens your skin.
You can also add some sugar (brown, white or coconut sugar) to your coconut oil and use it as an exfoliant. After rinsing off, your face will feel very soft and smooth as sugar naturally exfoliates the skin.
Coconut oil and honey produce lasting results in keeping the face free of break-outs. They both have anti-inflammatory properties that deeply cleanse the face and fight against bacterial and fungal build up.
Another method is to combine oatmeal and coconut oil into a thick paste and use it as a facial mask to get rid of acne.
For more ideas on how to use coconut oil in facial masks, click here
3. For healing chapped lips:
If your lips are usually dry and chapped, you should put some coconut oil on your lips before applying your lipstick. You can also put a few drops of coconut oil in your lip balm or lip gloss to help soothe your lips.
4. Coconut oil is great as a hand cream/moisturiser:
Many ladies have a hand cream/lotion/moisturiser in their bags to keep their hands hydrated and moisturised all day. You will agree with me that we love to keep those hands looking smooth, soft and attractive at all times.
Coconut oil should be used to replace your usual hand cream which is made with a lot of chemicals. It keeps the hand looking soft and radiant. It is also very good for your cuticles and prevents germs from growing in or around them.
5. Useful as a bath oil
If you feel your skin is too oily to rub in some coconut oil, then put a few drops of the oil in your bath water regularly. This way, you will still benefit from its healing and soothing properties without having to feel the oil on your skin.
I would appreciate comments on how you use coconut oil for your skin type below.