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5 benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin

5 benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 years ago
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With health becoming even more of a priority and more people switching to a plant-based lifestyle, Coconut Oil has grown in popularity. Not just good for healthy cooking, the tropical ingredient has also been found to have benefits outside of the kitchen, with many now choosing to include it as part of their skincare routine. There are numerous health benefits of coconut oil for the skin[1] and body, read on to discover what they are:


Coconut Oil is a fantastic moisturiser. The naturally occurring oil contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and lauric acid which absorb into the skin to increase hydration and smooth the surface. These same acids also help to retain existing moisture, a great option for preventing dry skin in the winter. The SVR Topialyse Moisturising Face + Body Cream is a hypoallergenic formula, infused with Coconut Oil along with Babassu Butter that provides up to 48 hours of intense hydration and nourishment. The gentle moisturiser helps to strengthen the skins natural barrier, protecting against harmful free radicals[2] and preventing any loss of moisture to keep the complexion healthy and smooth.

Reduces the signs of Ageing

One of the most sought after solutions in skincare, Coconut Oil is a natural anti-ager. The plant derived oil contains natural anti-oxidants which protect the skin from external damage caused by free radicals in the environment (one of the top causes of premature ageing). It also supports the skin's natural barrier and helps with hydration, both vital for maintaining a healthy level of collagen production; the protein responsible for keeping skin plump and elastic. The philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Eye Cream is a soothing, coconut oil infused cream that melts into the delicate skin under the eyes to replenish hydration and reduce both dark circles and puffiness. The formula works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the surface out to create a more youthful finish.

Heals & Protects

Coconut Oil contains a high amount of acids such as lauric and caprylic acid which are known to be natural anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral, making the powerhouse ingredient a fantastic option for healing wounds, helping to prevent infection. The rejuvenating oil also contains high levels of Vitamin E which helps to repair damaged skin cells, renew and prevent skin from cracking; it's commonly found in Lip Balms such as the Frank Body Lip Balm Original due to this healing power. The Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser contains both Coconut Oil and added Vitamin E, along with 16 organic, essential oils that work in harmony to cleanse and protect the skin. The cleanser is gentle on sensitive skin and leaves the complexion feeling calm and balanced.


Oils have come into the spotlight for cleansers recently as they are super effective at removing dirt and impurities from deep in the pores. Simply put, this is because oil removes oil, meaning that it can clear the face of more impurities, excess oil and dirt than other cleansers. The perfect first step in your double-cleanse routine, Coconut Oil effectively cleanses and is gentle and hydrating on the skin. The natural oil is great for lifting away makeup to clear the skin before using your usual gel or milk cleanser. The Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm is a rich, sustainably produced night time cleanser blended with Coconut Oil and Mango Butter. The gentle cleanser removes stubborn makeup and dirt and comes with an organic cotton cloth to help you wipe away the debris of the day to purify your visage.


If you have blemish-prone skin, Coconut Oil could help in clearing imperfections and keeping the spots at bay. The linoleic acids in the oil are natural antibacterial and antimicrobial meaning that they may help to reduce bacteria on the skin that can cause acne. The soothing ingredient also helps to reduce inflammation on the skin[3], working to reduce any redness often associated with breakouts. The BeautyPro Coconut Oil Infused Mask is bursting with the plant-based oil to soothe and calm skin and naturally prevent bacteria from forming. The Vegan sheet mask wraps around the contours of your face to enrich every inch of the face with a nourishing blend of Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Amino Acids that together protect, lock in moisture and add radiance.

Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.