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Should You Slather Coconut Oil on Your Face? Skin Pros Weigh in Once and For All

Coconut oil

 

Out of all the skin-care ingredients that exist, coconut oil is one of the most controversial. For a while, it was hailed by celebrities and estheticians alike as a must-have to use on hair, body, and cuticles. However, the so-called miracle ingredient can also be behind breakouts, so the hype died off a bit. You can still find it many things though, so I had to get the low-down on using coconut oil for the face.

Essentially, coconut oil’s key function in beauty is hydration. “Coconut oil is a natural moisturizing agent,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology. But let’s get into the specifics.

 

What is coconut oil good for?

The natural all-star ingredient is actually anti-inflammatory, and is really good at helping with your skin’s outer layer. “Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, and full of fatty acids that help improve the skin barrier,” says Dr. Nazarian. “It also melts into the skin easily with a little gentle rubbing, and it can feel cosmetically elegant. Because of this, it’s earned a pretty impressive following of people who love to use it on their skin.”

 
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Source : Well+Good – Should You Slather Coconut Oil on Your Face? Skin Pros Weigh in Once and For All By, Rachel Lapidos

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