Read This Before Buying Coconut Oil

Thinking of buying coconut oil? And not for your kitchen? Grace Tepper has done the research for you on the pros and cons of using coconut oil in your beauty routine. It isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean it might not be for you. 


The beauty industry is always into new fads, be it silicone foundation applicators or glitter face masks. They aren’t always for everyone, and aren’t always proven effective in the long run, but nevertheless there’s a new one almost every day. Coconut oil has been debated for years as both a blessing and a curse, constantly dipping in and out of the mainstream beauty scene. While it is a staple for many, the opinions on it remain highly controversial despite the praise it has gotten in recent years. Coconut oil is a product you may want to think twice about before you buy, because its miraculous effects don’t exactly appear for everyone.

The debate over coconut oil is longstanding. Some claim it’s unhealthy to eat due to its high saturated fat content; others say that it has limitless benefits and isn’t as harmful as other fatty oils. When people started using it for their skin, though, it became the beauty industry’s problem. Lots of people swear by it as an ultra-hydrating moisturizer and solution for dry skin and hair. It’s also a very effective makeup remover, with just one jar of extra-virgin coconut oil lasting a long time. The extra virgin products are pretty raw, as they skip a lot of the steps that fractionated coconut oil products (which are liquid at room temperature, not solid) go through before making it to the shelves. That means that depending on what type you buy, coconut oil can be pretty natural.

On the other hand, the tale of the coconut oil skin savior isn’t true for all. Skincare products often boast the quality of being non-comedogenic, meaning they do not cause acne and are better for sensitive skin. Coconut oil, unfortunately, is comedogenic. While it does do a great job as a moisturizer for dry or acne-free faces, its property as a sealant means it can lead to clogged pores for others. If your face tends to be more oily or acne-prone, coconut oil could be locking in all the dirt and grease that you strive so hard to get rid of. In my personal experience, this was the case, and I ended up with some bad breakouts as a result of my increased use of the product. Only after quitting coconut oil did things improve again for me.

That being said, coconut oil is still great, on a case by case basis. Everyone has different skin with different irritants and needs. Coconut oil still works wonders for less-sensitive faces, and can have a number of benefits when it comes to your hair and other parts of the body. For those with acne who don’t want to part with it, exfoliating before use can help reduce the amount of grime underneath. It can also be used as a primer, keeping your makeup smooth, or as a highlighter, to increase shine. My advice is to try it knowing the possible effects, and see if it’s something you want to keep in your beauty regimen.