Coconut oil is having its day in the sunshine, so to speak. Funnily enough, many Southeast Asians have been using coconut oil longer than their grandmother’s grandmothers can remember to cook, grow strong hair, the list goes on – but we digress. We know coconut oil has a wonderfully tropical flavor (we love it on home-cooked popcorn). And it’s a perfect soother for dry hair, elbows and feet, but the question is… can we use it on our face?
Unfortunately, the answer from medical aesthetic doctors and dermatologists is a resounding no.
Coconut oil acts like a wax or barrier to porous surfaces. While this is great for hair, nails and heartier parts of the skin like feet, its tendency to clog pores can result in comedones i.e. blackheads on the face. A quality face oil won’t contain coconut oil as a result. Instead, look for face oils with comedogenic ratings of 2 and below. Oils like camellia, calendula, jojoba, maracuja and sweet almond oil all have a comedogenic rating of 2 or less. Coconut oil’s rating? A hefty 4 out of 5. Not good.
We’re partial, true, but we do love IYAC’s White Lotus Intensive Oil. We wouldn’t offer it otherwise. It’s a mix of jojoba, sweet almond and camellia oil, blended with age-fighting, healing ingredients like lotus, aloe vera, reishi, blue magnolia and Silk Crystal®. Plus, it doesn’t have any nasties, like parabens, fragrances and artificial colors.
Want a beauty tip? In a pinch, you can improvise with your own homemade face oil. Run to the kitchen and dab a little sweet almond oil around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. With a comedogenic rating of 1, grapeseed oil works, too. Just make sure to avoid other kitchen staples, like olive, corn, sesame and, of course, coconut oil.