Is coconut oil good for skin? We asked an expert so you don’t have to

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Coconut oil is often touted as one of those “do-it-all” ingredients and, as well as in cooking, is often used as a hair and body moisturiser.

But is coconut oil good for skin? Should we really be going nuts for coconuts and slathering it all over our faces? Thankfully yes, coconut is beneficial to our complexions when used in the right way.

“Coconut oil has powerful antioxidant benefits owing to its high levels of vitamin E,” explains aesthetics and dermatology nurse Emma Coleman.

“This gives it abilities to stave off free radical damage, protect our skin from pollution whilst encouraging cell rejuvenation to help prevent wrinkles too.”

That said, we don’t suggest you jump head-first into a vat of the stuff just yet. Softening though it can be, the raw deal on its own isn’t necessarily suitable for everybody’s skin.

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“Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has natural antimicrobial effects, however I wouldn’t recommend it for standalone application on acne or rosacea skin types,” Emma continues. “On its own, VCO may not be hydrating enough for dry and mature skins either.”

She adds: “It’s important to combine with other nourishing ingredients to ensure efficacy for a range of different skin types and issues.”

Thankfully, there are a few specially-formulated products out there that are indeed skin-friendly.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturiser, get it for £7.50 in the OK! Beauty Edit here

A 2-in-1 moisturiser and makeup base, First Aid Beauty’s coconutty moisturiser helps to keep skin soft and smooth and blur the complexion before makeup application.

Even better news, you’ll find a luxury sample size, worth £5, in this month’s OK! Beauty Edit by Katie Piper alongside five other products for a combined worth of £90. That’s what we call a beauty bargain!

Palmer's Coconut Monoi Luminous Facial Oil, £10 here

This face oil combines a whopping nine other oils alongside coconut, promising to give skin an enviable dewy glow. Emma explains: “The Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Facial Range contains monoi oil, hyaluronic acid and papaya, providing an excellent spectrum of natural extracts to enhance the benefits of VCO.”

The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter, £4.50 here

Few things beat a nourishing lip balm, and The Body Shop has a rep for making some of the best around. This one contains organic virgin coconut oil and the brand’s Community Fair Trade shea to help keep your lips buttery soft all year round.

Get the Katie Piper OK! Beauty Edit for just £7.50 here when you enter the code 50FIRSTBOX at the checkout. Discount code only redeemable for new customers, monthly box price is £15 thereafter.

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