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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.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin
|Nutrient||Benefit for Skin|
Kills acne-causing bacteria.
Contains strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Provides nurturing benefits to sensitive and oily skin. Anti-oxidant protection.
Stimulates collagen production. Fights off free radicals, which cause premature aging. Promotes skin tautness and elasticity.
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.
Honey Lemon Coconut Oil Face Mask
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.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Combine the above ingredients thoroughly in a small mixing bowl.
- Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your clean face.
- Allow the mixture to sink in for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
- Pat dry with a soft towel.
- 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.
- 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.
- Likewise, use raw honey not the processed one for best results.
Benefits of Honey and Lemon Juice for Skin
|Ingredient||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.
Natural astringent. Tightens and shrinks large pores. Has antibacterial properties that kills acne causing bacteria.
Banana Turmeric Coconut Oil Face Mask
Coconut and turmeric coupled together make a good acne-fighting face mask due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Banana hydrates and moisturizes skin.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 ripe banana
- A pinch of turmeric
- Mash up 1/2 ripe banana using the back of a fork.
- Stir in the coconut oil and turmeric to form a consistent mixture.
- Slather the mixture onto your clean face. Let it settle for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cool water. Pat dry.
- To melt coconut oil, use a hair dryer or simply place the coconut oil container in a bowl of hot water.
- Select ripe or overripe bananas so that its easier to mash into a lump-free paste.
- 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!
Banana and Turmeric Benefits for Skin
|Ingredient||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.
Nutmeg Avocado Coconut Oil Face Mask
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.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- Remove the skin from your quarter avocado. Place the avocado in a bowl, and mash it into a smooth paste.
- In the same bowl, stir in the coconut oil and nutmeg until you get a consistent mixture.
- Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face with circular motions.
- Let it settle for about 15 minutes.
- When the time is up, rinse off the mask with cool water or a warm washcloth. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Use only 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg as too much can irritate skin.
- 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.
- Extra face mask mixture can be applied on the hands, neck, cleavage, and legs.
Avocado and Nutmeg Skin Benefits
|Ingredient||Role in Face Mask|
Protects against free radicals, slowing down the aging process of the skin. Nourishes and hydrates skin cells.
Gently exfoliates skin.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
hello on April 02, 2018:
what if I use face mask of bee pollen, lemon, honey, avocado, nutmeg, coconut oil and aloe at the same time? Is mix like that OK, or should I stick with 3 ingredients at once?
Ify on August 26, 2017:
Great tutorial!Does coconut oil brighten up the thigh part(in between the laps)
richamor on July 18, 2017:
No doubt. It must be worked.
Kiki on May 30, 2017:
These really fo work thankyou
Anne2017 on April 16, 2017:
Tierra B. on March 31, 2017:
Can these mask be done every day? I know that some face mask can't.
halana on December 29, 2016:
I like this
ayesha shahid on November 14, 2016:
thanx but dont coconut oil darken our skin???
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on November 13, 2016:
Thank you for this article. Coconut oil is wonderful for the skin, very nourishing and moisturizing.
Harraz on October 22, 2016:
I love this blog... very informative and practical. Good tips! really appreciate it. You are very helpful. Thanks!
Bongie Makamanzi on September 15, 2016:
thanks for the info. love it
HERBarista on September 06, 2016:
Coconut oil does not contain vitamin C, vitamin C is water soluble and is not in fats.
Carmen on August 01, 2016:
These masks are great. But how many tiles a week do you apply them?
Shirley C. on July 28, 2016:
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!!
Selii on June 19, 2016:
Nice, thanks! I am going to try the one with the banana
neelakshi on April 28, 2016:
very nice thank you for sharing
Connie on April 27, 2016:
How often should you do any of these masks?
Brooke on April 06, 2016:
Thanks for sharing although coconut can clog pores to be assured not to add to much oil to the masks
MiaMathews on January 27, 2016:
Thanks for the recipe. Haven't you thought of making a video tutorial on how to make it? You can do it here: https://www.viosk.com/. I'd really like to see it!
roselinsojan from India,Kerala. on January 13, 2016:
honey,coconut oil,lemon every thing is good for skin ,no reaction at all.no need of any cosmetic cream.good, thank you ,a good article.
NicolaMic on January 04, 2016:
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!
roselinsojan from India,Kerala. on December 06, 2015:
Good article,coconut is a wonderful medicine for skin health.
Cassady Bee from Tennessee on December 05, 2015:
Oh great article! I never knew about the skin health benefits of honey.
Lareene from Atlanta, GA on November 15, 2015:
I'm going to try a few ideas here. Interesting hub.
ASG on October 28, 2015:
Thank you for sharing ! I love coconut oil!
O from New York on October 15, 2015:
Coconut oil is so good for everything, love The article, following you!
julia momoka from canada on October 13, 2015:
thank nice information
mactavers on October 02, 2015:
Thanks for all the information. I discovered coconut oil a year ago and I love it.
Nicola on September 12, 2015:
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
mmw113 on September 07, 2015:
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.
lex123 on August 03, 2015:
I am a great fan of coconut oil because of its amazing benefits.
Bredavies on August 03, 2015:
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.
Haley from Baltimore, MD on July 29, 2015:
Love it! Coconut oil makes my skin so soft. I can't wait to try these out.
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on July 28, 2015:
I love coconut oil, I use it daily. They way if moisturizes my skin is amazing.
Subhankar Chaudhuri from India on July 26, 2015:
Lisa Brown from Michigan on July 25, 2015:
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.
jaide on July 25, 2015:
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!!
hubsy on July 19, 2015:
Wow, what a well researched hub! I love making homemade masks and love finding new ways to use Coconut Oil, thanks!
Nshoma on July 19, 2015:
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.
Paula Jiménez from Zaragoza on June 10, 2015:
Thanks for sharing. Never knew there were so many benefits of coconut oil.
Vadette van der Haar from Johannesburg, South Africa on June 07, 2015:
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.
Ensorcelie from Albania on June 01, 2015:
This is also an AMAZING hub ! I should take notes from you!! Great writer!
Rituparna Biswas from kolkata on May 31, 2015:
Great hub. Coconut oil really does wonders for our skin and hair. Will definitely try out the packs.
DebMartin on May 30, 2015:
I love coconut oil. Thanks for the tips. Coconut oil and honey sounds delightful!
Audrey DS from MNL | PH on May 29, 2015:
This is actually useful. Healthy and organic. Gotta try this for a month. Thanks for this hub!
Chance Harvey on May 28, 2015:
Nice, looks like a good product. The recipes are very interesting.
smdivin lm on May 28, 2015:
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! :)
youssef from morocco on May 28, 2015:
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 .
McKenna Meyers on May 28, 2015:
I just bought a big jar of coconut oil and will use your recipes!
Brian Dooling from Connecticut on May 28, 2015:
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.
Deborah Morrison from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on May 28, 2015:
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.
Mell Watson on May 15, 2015:
Such a great information! I have to try all of these masks :)
firstname.lastname@example.org on May 14, 2015:
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
Summer LaSalle from USA on May 14, 2015:
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!
Michalene on May 12, 2015:
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!
Suzie from Carson City on April 22, 2015:
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
Amelia & Caitlin on April 08, 2015:
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.
Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on March 07, 2015:
i always love your articles, I'm gonna try these face masks for my skin appreciated !! here is my article How to whiten skin http://goo.gl/yffjrO hope you'll like it thanks
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 13, 2015:
Great hub. I'll go check it out and try them out in the future.
Nicole on February 10, 2015:
Love it !I will definitely try them.I can't live without coconut oil :)
Guyana Masala from New Jersey on January 27, 2015:
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!
mecheshier on January 22, 2015:
What a wonderful article!!! So informative and great prose! Thanks for all the hard work!
Mary Wickison from Brazil on January 22, 2015:
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.
arcs on January 22, 2015:
I am a true believer of coconut oil.It helps me to keep my dry skin moisturized.Thanks for you article!
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 24, 2014:
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.
Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on December 23, 2014:
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 !
Brittany Williams on March 23, 2014:
I absolutely love coconut oil, so thank you for this!