3 Reasons to Quit Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer
I know what you're thinking: "What do you mean quit coconut oil? Its amazing and full of healthy skin benefits!" Well, I'm here to tell you to get off the coconut oil band wagon. There are few ingredients that are universally beneficial to every skin type and coconut oil is NOT one of them.
1. Coconut Oil Does Not Penetrate Your Skin
That's right. Coconut oil sits on top of your skin, which means it does absolutely nothing. You see, coconut oil is rich in oleic acid which makes it extremely heavy and unable to penetrate the skin to actually work. Those with sensitive rosacea skin types may find oleic acid to aggravate their condition. It is a highly occlusive oil that'll trap in your skin's natural hydration and will not allow your skin to breathe.
2. Coconut Oil Clogs Pores
Since coconut oil sits on top, and never actually penetrates the skin, it attracts dirt and impurities to your skin and in your pores. The highly occlusive nature of coconut oil also doesn't allow the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells to shed as they get trapped in the oil. Dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and impurities all gather and clog pores creating blackheads and pimples. The perfect storm for acne.
3. Coconut Oil Dries Skin Out
Dry skin sufferers lack oil in their skin and they often believe putting more oil on their skin will solve their issues when it actually exacerbates the problem. Dry skin doesn't produce enough oil and, by slathering yourself in coconut oil, you are tricking your skin into halting its already meager production of it. Thus begins the torturous cycle.
There are better oils for you to choose for your skin than just coconut oil. Sensitive, rosacea and acneic skin types will find rosehip oil to be a much better alternative since its rich in linoleic acid, which allows it to penetrate the skin better, and extremely anti-inflammatory.
Dry skin will benefit most from a combination of a hyaluronic acid serum to put water back into the skin followed by argan oil which has a great balance of oleic and linoleic acid and is rich in anti-oxidants.