I’m all about keeping things simple, including my skincare routine. While I use a facial wash and moisturizer morning and night, I give credit to coconut oil for keeping my skin healthy and moisturized.
I’ve already shared with you why incorporating healthy fats into your diet is important; and since your skin is your largest organ, it makes sense that putting them on your skin can be very beneficial.
In this post, I’m going to explain the full benefits of using coconut oil on your skin and share with you my weekly homemade coconut oil facemask recipe that will hydrate your skin and leave it feeling smooth and soft!
These days, coconut oil is all the rage, and I’m totally on the bandwagon. You’ll find me faithfully eating, drinking, and using coconut oil all in the name of health, beauty, and wellness. Can you blame me? The stuff does wonders and smells like an Almond Joy candy bar –almost- and without the guilt.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin
Coconut oil is amazing when it comes to moisturizing the skin. Unlike face cream, it goes on “oily” at first but it’s quickly absorbed, leaving your skin soft and moisturized.
Using coconut oil topically and consuming it are beneficial to both the appearance and overall health of your skin.
While I usually consume it by way of Bullet Proof Coffee and often recommend it as an affordable option for people that are just getting started. It’s an easy way to get the benefits from the inside out.
I like to make this Coconut Oil & Avocado face mask to give my face a nourishing boost. I enjoy using masks weekly because they aren’t required every day, nor are they complicated to apply. That’s one of my pet peeves… complicated skin care.
Waking up at 4:30 for yoga, simple.
Getting the kids dressed, fed, and out the door in T minus 30 minutes. I GOT THIS.
Making dinner, while folding laundry and helping my eldest child with her English paper. All day, every day.
But, following a ten-step facial cleansing routine that has to be repeated twice a day? TOO MUCH.
It might sound crazy, but I don’t have the bandwidth for these types of things, give me something simple and something that works. And when it comes to my skin, coconut oil works from head to toe!
Coconut Oil for Face Moisturizer
Using coconut oil in its purest form is great for the skin. It is true on what they say that the quality of the ingredients matters.
Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Skin
Coconut oil is great for moisturizing your skin and has other health benefits. It’s an amazing choice for most skin types.
If you have naturally oily skin, you may want to try coconut oil on a small part of your face first, to ensure that it’s compatible with coconut oil. Since coconut oil locks in moisture, known as comedogenic, it can sometimes take a wrong turn when used in excess.
The good news is that this coconut oil facemask uses very little and it moisturizes a lot. If you’ve been using coconut oil and have had success, carry on, there’s no reason to stop.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin
For daily use, I love it as a full body moisturizer. I simply put it on when I get out of the shower and I’m towel dry or sometimes in the shower.
It can be applied directly on the face as a makeup remover, as a moisturizer, or used in a facial mask recipe to moisturize the skin. I love the results of incorporating it into a weekly mask since I only need to apply it once or twice a week.
How to fix dehydrated skin
First, it’s worth knowing the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. While dry skin is genetic or caused by hormonal imbalances, dehydrated skin results from seasonal changes, lack of water, high alcohol or caffeine consumption (that’s me!)
Coconut oil and face masks can help fix dehydrated skin, but treating dehydrated skin goes beyond any beauty remedy, you’ll also need to:
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water.
- Moisturize regularly.
- Avoid excessively washing your face (no more than twice a day).
- A healthy diet that consists of fruits, veggies, healthy fats and LOTS of water.
No… you’ll never be able to get away from that last one. It solves a multitude of problems. But eating healthy is something you can achieve with a plan and simply browsing the recipe index on my site.
Can I Use Coconut Oil on my Face Every Night?
Coconut oil can make wonders for your skin, so go for it! After washing your face and applying toner, if you use one, take a small amount of coconut oil and gently rub it into your face with a circular motion.
Important note: be sure to wash your pillowcases once or twice a week, especially if you tend to sleep on your side or stomach. Otherwise, the mixture of oil and microbes from the pillowcase can result in breakouts.
How to Make a Face Mask Using Coconut Oil
There are a number of recipes for coconut oil face masks but my favorite all-purpose recipe is made with only three ingredients: coconut oil, honey, and avocado.
You know I keep these ingredients in my kitchen at all times. As much as I promote eating healthy fats, it doesn’t hurt to wear them. In the comfort of your own home. Preferably when no one is around.
Otherwise, I can’t promise your friends or family won’t make fun of your “green goop” that’s currently on your face.
If you’ve been dropping big money on those fancy face creams and masks, give this hydrating recipe a try, it can do wonders for the skin and the wallet.
What else to put in your coconut oil mask
Too much of a good thing can be bad and this is true when it comes to facial care. It’s best to keep your facial cleansing routine simple, especially homemade recipes like this facemask.
Using too many ingredients in a mask recipe can irritate the skin and be counterproductive which is why I kept this recipe simple with 3 ingredients.
The bottom line, coconut oil is super beneficial for your skin and can be used a number of ways and this homemade coconut oil mask is a great place to start.
Organic Coconut oil is a high-quality option for the recipe. I keep a jar in the pantry and another one in the bathroom and remember it to order a new jar with nearly every order.
Homemade Coconut Oil Face Mask
- 1 teaspoon melted Organic Coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ to ½ ripe avocado
- In a small bowl, warm the coconut oil until melted.
- In a separate medium bowl, using a fork mash the avocado with the honey until smooth. Once the coconut oil is melted stir it into the avocado and honey mixture until combined.
- Before applying the mask to your face, wash your face with lukewarm water. Using your fingertips, apply the mask all over your face and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, tone and moisturize as usual.