Why Coconut Oil Is Fantastic for Your Face and Hair

Cynthia Bailey, MD|July 16, 2015

Coconut oil(1) I’m a big fan of coconut oil for skin care. I chose to use it instead of the usual post-procedure ointments after a pretty deep facial laser procedure last month. My skin healed quickly and without any problems! This is a testament to the healing properties of coconut oil on damaged skin, if ever there was one! I recommend coconut oil for many skin problems, including to calm highly sensitive allergic skin problems, to help soothe scalp dermatitis, for people prone to staph skin infections, and for post-laser care. The Benefits of Coconut Oil on Skin I was asked recently if coconut oil can be used on facial skin, and truth be told, it is a wonderful facial moisturizer. It is rich in hydrating triglycerides, oleic acid, and lfbblotioninoleic acid, and it contains natural plant-based vitamin E. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties to help reduce harmful skin staph bacteria that can cause infections and folliculitis (pustules). When applied to skin that has just been wet and towel dried, it helps to lock in moisture while it replenishes lost oils that help keep skin healthy and strong. Not everyone loves the feel of pure coconut oil on their skin, however. A cosmetically elegant alternative is to use a product that blends coconut oil with other natural skin humectants (moisture-binding ingredients) since it feels less oily on the skin than pure coconut oil does. Look for a product that uses organic coconut oil as one of the primary ingredients. I created my All Natural Lotion to give my patients the benefit of coconut oil in a product that is easy to use and that looks and feels great on their skin. It rubs in quickly and absorbs deeply into the skin to hydrate, heal, and fight bacteria. My lotion can be used on all skin including the face. The Benefits of Coconut Oil on Hair Cocotolerianenut oil is also a great moisturizing treatment for dry and damaged hair. Try it! After washing your hair, towel dry it and spread coconut oil onto your scalp and into your hair. Clip your hair up if it is long and let the oil soak in for several hours. Shampoo the oil out, and condition as normal. Your scalp will feel great, and your hair will shine. Bonus: it's a DIY hair and scalp treatment that you would pay extra for at a spa! Keep a bottle of organic extra virgin coconut oil in the fridge. It's great to use when you have irritated or allergic skin rashes, when you need a hydrating hair and scalp treatment, or when you could use a deeply hydrating facial skin "pick me up." Know though that pure coconut oil can clog pores if you are prone to blackheads. I tell my patients to use their Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System and a gentle cleanser such as Toleriane Cleanser after using coconut oil on their face to help get the oil out of the pores if they are acne prone. How do you use coconut oil, and what are the benefits? Let us know by commenting below!

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