Top Three Coconut Oil Face Mask Recipes for Healthy Skin

Updated on November 11, 2015
Be a coconut oil beauty, with sensational coconut oil face masks.
Be a coconut oil beauty, with sensational coconut oil face masks. | Source

What Makes Coconut Oil Good for Skin?

Coconut oil is naturally rich in antioxidants and healthy acids, including capric, caprylic, myristic, and lauric acid. Coconut oil will soften and lubricate healthy skin cells, break down dead cells, heal acne, and hydrate skin. Let's have an in-depth look at the nutrient content of coconut oil and how beneficial it is for skin:

Benefit for Skin
Lauric Acid
Kills acne-causing bacteria.
Capric Acid
Contains strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Caprylic Acid
Provides nurturing benefits to sensitive and oily skin. Anti-oxidant protection.
Vitamin C
Stimulates collagen production. Fights off free radicals, which cause premature aging. Promotes skin tautness and elasticity.
Vitamin E
Bolsters the skin's UV protection. Slows down fine lines and aging of skin. Keeps skin connective tissues strong, preventing sagging cheeks and skin.
MCFA (Medium Chain Fatty Acids)
Protect skin from infections and bacteria. Create a skin pH that is deadly for microbes, especially the acne-causing bacterium known as Propionibacterium.
MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides)
Penetrate deep into skin pores. Unclog blocked pores, removing dirt, grime, pollution, and germs. Dissolve the 'bad' oils that clog pores and cause acne and blackheads.
Table showing some of the nutrients in coconut oil, which make it an absolute gem for beautiful skin!

Honey Lemon Coconut Oil Face Mask

Instantly brighten dull skin with this coconut oil face mask with lemon and honey!
Instantly brighten dull skin with this coconut oil face mask with lemon and honey! | Source

Coconut oil's small molecular structure allows it to penetrate skin pores to soften rough skin from within. Honey is a natural humectant, which hydrates skin cells. Lastly, fresh lemon juice is a natural astringent, which helps tighten and shrink large pores. Let's look more closely at the benefits of the honey and lemon juice in this face mask:

Benefit for Skin
Great moisturizer. Hydrates and moisturizes skin. Contains antibacteiral, antiseptic and antiinflammatory properties. Fights acne and pimples. Fades acne scars and blemishes. Exfoliates skin cells.
Lemon juice
Natural astringent. Tightens and shrinks large pores. Has antibacterial properties that kills acne causing bacteria.


  1. When using coconut oil for skin, use organic, unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin oil so that you can avoid skin irritations. Processed coconut oil contain other ingredients and additives that may cause allergic reactions.
  2. Before using coconut oil, make sure you aren't allergic to it by using a test patch. Some people break out with acne after using coconut oil so first test to see if it is okay for your skin.
  3. Likewise, use raw honey not the processed one for best results.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Combine the above ingredients thoroughly in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your clean face.
  3. Allow the mixture to sink in for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
  4. Pat dry with a soft towel.

Banana Turmeric Coconut Oil Face Mask

This banana turmeric coconut oil face mask fights acne and moisturizes skin.
This banana turmeric coconut oil face mask fights acne and moisturizes skin. | Source

Coconut and turmeric coupled together make a good acne-fighting face mask, due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Banana hydrates and moisturizes skin. Here's some data on the benefits of turmeric and banana for skin:

Role in Face Mask
Hydrating and moisturizing. Lightens skin tone. Reduces visibility of acne scars and blemishes. Fights wrinkles and fine lines. Smoothens out rough skin.
Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. Fights off acne and pimples. Lightens and brightens dull skin. Evens out skin discolorations.


  1. To melt coconut oil, use a hair dryer or simply place the coconut oil container in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Select ripe or overripe bananas so that its easier to mash into a lump free paste.
  3. Turmeric will not stain your face yellow since we're using just a pinch. It will stain your fingernails, though. To remove the yellow stains, use a nailbrush and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Scrub gently for a minute and enjoy your exfoliated nails!


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • A pinch of turmeric


  1. Mash up 1/2 ripe banana using the back of a fork.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil and turmeric to form a consistent mixture.
  3. Slather the mixture onto your clean face. Let it settle for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with cool water. Pat dry.

Nutmeg Avocado Coconut Oil Face Mask

Add a spicy twist to your coconut oil face mask with nutmeg. The spice is superb for skin health.
Add a spicy twist to your coconut oil face mask with nutmeg. The spice is superb for skin health. | Source

Coconut oil contains antioxidants which stave off free radical damage. Coconut oil also offers sun protection and has an SPF of about 5. Avocado will hydrate and moisturize skin, while nutmeg will gently exfoliate acne-prone skin and prevent further breakouts. Here's an in-depth description of the benefits of the ingredients in this face mask:

Role in Face Mask
Protects against free radicals, slowing down the aging process of the skin. Nourishes and hydrates skin cells.
Gently exfoliates skin.


  1. Use only 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg as too much can irritate skin.
  2. Use a ripe avocado for easier mashing. You can also blend the avocado into a puree but mashing with the back of a fork can also work well.
  3. Extra face mask mixture can be applied on the hands, neck, cleavage and legs.


  • 1 tablepoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 ripe avocado


  1. Remove the skin from your quarter avocado. Place the avocado in a bowl and mash it into a smooth paste.
  2. In the same bowl, stir in the coconut oil and nutmeg until you get a consistent mixture.
  3. Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face with circular motions.
  4. Let it settle for about 15 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, rinse off the mask with cool water or a warm washcloth. Pat dry with a clean towel.


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      Ify 5 months ago

      Great tutorial!Does coconut oil brighten up the thigh part(in between the laps)

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      richamor 6 months ago

      No doubt. It must be worked.

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      Kiki 7 months ago

      These really fo work thankyou

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      Anne2017 9 months ago

      its great

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      Tierra B. 9 months ago

      Can these mask be done every day? I know that some face mask can't.

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      halana 13 months ago

      I like this

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      ayesha shahid 14 months ago

      thanx but dont coconut oil darken our skin???

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      craftybegonia 14 months ago from Southwestern, United States

      Thank you for this article. Coconut oil is wonderful for the skin, very nourishing and moisturizing.

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      Harraz 15 months ago

      I love this blog... very informative and practical. Good tips! really appreciate it. You are very helpful. Thanks!

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      Bongie Makamanzi 16 months ago

      thanks for the info. love it

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      HERBarista 16 months ago

      Coconut oil does not contain vitamin C, vitamin C is water soluble and is not in fats.

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      Carmen 18 months ago

      These masks are great. But how many tiles a week do you apply them?

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      Shirley C. 18 months ago

      I have ALWAYS used coconut oil in my face masks and it totally helps! I also made a Coconut Oil and sugar face scrub. You need to scoop out enough coconut oil that would cover your skin. Melt it down in the microwave or stove. If you need more, add 1 extra scoop till you get the correct amount. Then, let it cool ldown. Next, poor it into a plastic container and then add as much sugar as you like, but not too much or it will be VERY VERY sticky. Apply this all over your face after it sits in the fridge and hardens. Scoop some out and apply it in circular mosions on your face. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. This helps clean out pores for softer healthier looking skin. Do this once a week. I do it once a week and my skin is GLOWING!!

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      Selii 19 months ago

      Nice, thanks! I am going to try the one with the banana

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      neelakshi 21 months ago

      very nice thank you for sharing

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      Connie 21 months ago

      How often should you do any of these masks?

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      Brooke 21 months ago

      Thanks for sharing although coconut can clog pores to be assured not to add to much oil to the masks

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      Adney john 23 months ago

      Thanks for sharing awesome Information. I just bought a big jar of coconut oil and will use your recipes!

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      MiaMathews 24 months ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Haven't you thought of making a video tutorial on how to make it? You can do it here: I'd really like to see it!

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      roselinsojan 2 years ago from India,Kerala.

      honey,coconut oil,lemon every thing is good for skin ,no reaction at need of any cosmetic cream.good, thank you ,a good article.

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      NicolaMic 2 years ago

      Just tried the honey, lemon and coconut oil face mask. The mixture itself is quite sticky, but sits well on the skin, slightly tingly, but its probably the lemon juice working on the skin. After 10 minutes I washed it off, I was surprised how easily it washed off, my skin was left feeling fresh and quite soft. A nice wee refreshing face mask.

      Having a nut allergy and sensitive skin commercial face masks are a no no! So its nice to find some refreshing home made recipies!

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      roselinsojan 2 years ago from India,Kerala.

      Good article,coconut is a wonderful medicine for skin health.

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      Cassady Bee 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Oh great article! I never knew about the skin health benefits of honey.

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      Lareene 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm going to try a few ideas here. Interesting hub.

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      ASG 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing ! I love coconut oil!

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      2 years ago from New York

      Coconut oil is so good for everything, love The article, following you!

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      julia momoka 2 years ago from canada

      thank nice information

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Thanks for all the information. I discovered coconut oil a year ago and I love it.

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      Nicola 2 years ago

      my mum and I decided to try the Avocado, nutmeg and coconut oil face mask. we have it on currently. it is very messy, and once my mum had put the mixture onto my face, after about 5 minutes, the oil will start to run down my face and drip everywhere, but on hers it doesn't seem to be doing that. we will see what happens when we take it off though, to see if it works

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      mmw113 2 years ago

      I'm currently sitting with the coconut oil, nutmeg, and avocado mask on and it literally is just sliding off my face :( awfully messy and I can't really imagine that I'm getting the benefits from each of the ingredients. I'll have to try one of the other ones next time.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      I am a great fan of coconut oil because of its amazing benefits.

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      Bredavies 2 years ago

      I adore this hub. I am always looking for new ways to use coconut oil. Currently I use it for my hair. Awesome tips! Thank you for sharing.

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      Haley 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Love it! Coconut oil makes my skin so soft. I can't wait to try these out.

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      Cynthia Haltom 2 years ago from Diamondhead

      I love coconut oil, I use it daily. They way if moisturizes my skin is amazing.

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      Subhankar Chaudhuri 2 years ago from India

      interesting ...

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      Lisa Brown 2 years ago from Michigan

      I just got some coconut oil but it doesn't smell like coconuts. I wonder if I can add some essential oil so it smells good?

      Your article was great. It's nice to know what each of the ingredients is for.

      Thank you,


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      jaide 2 years ago

      I love coconut oil!! My little guy had a bad skin reaction on his feet every spring.... For a week we put coconut oil on his feet at night wrapped them in plastic and put socks on. Since then we have never had a problem with his feet!! I can't wait to try some of these masks!!

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      hubsy 2 years ago

      Wow, what a well researched hub! I love making homemade masks and love finding new ways to use Coconut Oil, thanks!

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      Nshoma 2 years ago

      I use coconut oil mixed with honey as my facial oil, it is really working the magic, its treating my acne and blemishing the spots and also keeping my skin lightened.

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      Paula JimĂ©nez 2 years ago from Zaragoza

      Thanks for sharing. Never knew there were so many benefits of coconut oil.

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      Vadette van der Haar 2 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      I love using organic coconut oil and have only been using it to moisturize my skin and not on my face. Looking forward to trying out these face mask.

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      Engelis 2 years ago from Albania

      This is also an AMAZING hub ! I should take notes from you!! Great writer!

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      Rituparna Biswas 2 years ago from kolkata

      Great hub. Coconut oil really does wonders for our skin and hair. Will definitely try out the packs.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      I love coconut oil. Thanks for the tips. Coconut oil and honey sounds delightful!

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      Audrey DS 2 years ago from MNL | PH

      This is actually useful. Healthy and organic. Gotta try this for a month. Thanks for this hub!

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      Chance Harvey 2 years ago

      Nice, looks like a good product. The recipes are very interesting.

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      smdivin lm 2 years ago

      Awesome hub! I've come to love coconut oil and use it in a lot of ways; cooking, as a hair mask, and as a moisturizer. Will definitely be trying out some of these recipes! :)

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      youssef 2 years ago from morocco

      please I want someone who can help me to active my payonner , if it is possible I want 3$ , and i can do my best to do anything for you. thank you .

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      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      I just bought a big jar of coconut oil and will use your recipes!

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub! Coconut oil is awesome and a great moisturizer on it's own. Your graphics for this hub are fantastic! I've used coconut oil on my skin before but I might have to try out one of these masks.

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      Deborah Morrison 2 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Coconut oil really does have so many wonderful health benefits. You can eat coconut oil too boost your health, along with the many nourishing benefits for your skin and hair. I appreciate all the practical recipes and suggestions for enhancing your health that are provided in this hub.

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      Mell Watson 2 years ago

      Such a great information! I have to try all of these masks :)

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      my skin is so extremely dry. coconut oil moisturized for the time I put it on after shower . the next day dryness is worse. what can I do

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      Isn't it simply amazing that we have all of these perfect, natural remedies at our fingertips, yet we continue to buy products with poisons in them? Great article!

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      Michalene 2 years ago

      I LOVE coconut oil!I use it A lot,not only for skin&hair,but also for body&health benefits,by adding it to my smoothies with other great organic foods!It helps So Many things!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Healthmunsta......This is a great hub...very useful and complete. I like Coconut oil and always make sure I have a jar on hand. I usually get it from a Health Products store, but soon will be ordering it online.

      I appreciate it's many uses cosmetically as well as using it in some of my recipes.

      Thank you for your recipe for the "mask," which I'm definitely going to give a try!....UP++ & pinned

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      Amelia & Caitlin 2 years ago

      We tried the Honey, Lemon and Coconut face mask and it left our faces really soft and shiny. Thank you so much for this great DIY.

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      Hamza Arshad 2 years ago from Pakistan

      i always love your articles, I'm gonna try these face masks for my skin appreciated !! here is my article How to whiten skin hope you'll like it thanks

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub. I'll go check it out and try them out in the future.

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      Nicole 2 years ago

      Love it !I will definitely try them.I can't live without coconut oil :)

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      Guyana Masala 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow...didn't know I could do this. I just got some coconut oil from Guyana and I can't wait to try this out. Thanks!

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      What a wonderful article!!! So informative and great prose! Thanks for all the hard work!

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      I live in Northern Brazil and we grow coconuts. However buying the oil is not easy here. I have yet to find an easy way to extract it. When I do I will be making some of your recipes. The tropical sun really is hard of the skin.

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      arcs 3 years ago

      I am a true believer of coconut oil.It helps me to keep my dry skin moisturized.Thanks for you article!

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I never knew there were so many benefits of coconut oil. I have a jar of it and want to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing, voted up and useful.

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      Eileen 3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      I've always known the good properties of organic cocunut oil but didn't know i can combine it with avocado and banana . Thanks for the tips !

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      Brittany Williams 3 years ago

      I absolutely love coconut oil, so thank you for this!