If you’re like me, you probably love coconut oil. It offers so many great benefits, including moisturizing your skin, cleaning your teeth, protecting your brain and reducing inflammation.
Coconut oil can be used for more than your health, it can also be used to wash away makeup, condition your hair, and for coconut. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people talking about using coconut oil to moisturize their face, and I thought I’d give this a try.
After all, coconut oil is amazing for nearly everything else. However, I did find out that coconut oil may not be a great face moisturizer.
The problem with coconut oil is that it’s comedogenic, and that’s an issue if you have oily skin, combination skin, or skin that breaks out from time to time. I tried the coconut oil on my own face, and when I started seeing breakouts, I did some research.
Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, and while it’s wonderful for your body (unless you deal with breakouts on your body), it’s not so great for your face.
The Non-comedogenic Options
If coconut oil won’t work, what can you use to moisturize winter skin that has dealt with wind, cold, and dry conditions? You don’t want to deal with wrinkled, parched skin.
Depending on how dry your skin is, here’s a look at some great oils you can use to treat your face, and they’re all non-comedogenic options that won’t clog your pores.
① Shea Butter
On the comedogenic scale, Shea butter gets a 0, which means it’s completely non-comedogenic. Even though it feels luxurious and rich, it won’t clog your pores. When I started noticing that the skin on my face was flaking, I chose Shea butter to rescue my dry skin.
It’s extremely thick, which means it takes some time to absorb into your skin. However, if your skin is extremely dry, it will feel amazing. Shea butter also contains plenty of minerals and vitamins, and it’s great for wrinkles, scars, and fine lines.
You can melt down Shea butter and mix it with other face oils or an essential oil to reduce the thickness.
If your skin is flaking and super dry, this oil will help save your skin. You can also use this oil to rescue dry hair during the winter.
When you purchase Shea butter, go for raw, unrefined, organic Shea butter for the best results.
② Argan Oil
Another non-comedogenic oil that you may want to use on your face is argan oil. It’s well known for enhancing beauty, not only of the face but the hair as well.
Argan oil is rich in minerals and vitamin E, and it helps to reduce scars and fine lines. It’s very lightweight and absorbs quickly.
Before I tried Shea butter, I tried argon oil. However, during the winter, it didn’t offer the moisture I needed. However, argan oil works wonderfully on skin during the spring and summer months.
③ Rosehip Seed Oil
While rosehip seed oil is not completely non-comedogenic, you probably won’t have a problem with this oil unless you have oily skin or skin prone to regular breakouts.
If you have combination skin, normal skin, or dry skin, you can probably use this oil without a problem. Rosehip seed oil is also light and quickly absorbs into the skin.
It includes vitamin E and vitamin A, which helps to increase cell turnover. I often use this oil as a serum and then add a moisturizer on top of the oil, but just the oil may be enough for some people.
④ Jojoba Oil
Technically, Jojoba oil isn’t an oil at all, but a wax ester. The jojoba oil molecule very closely resembles that of the sebum or the oil produced by the skin.
This is one of the reasons that jojoba may be an ideal option for addressing acne problems. In addition to adhering to the “like dissolves like” principle of high school chemistry by dissolving the sebum that clogs our pores on the regular, as a sebum-similar molecule, the skin (theoretically) recognizes jojoba oil at its own.
The result is that the skin reduces natural oil production because the jojoba oil adequately moisturizes and replenishes the skin. This decrease in oil production should help to fight acne (and frequent trips to the bathroom to blot excess oil).
Jojoba is a great multi-tasker, generally. It moisturizes the skin, unclogs pores and hair follicles (clog-free follicles may help hair (re)growth), and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it a good option for treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Finally, Jojoba is a very stable oil, and therefore has a much longer shelf-life than other oils and may retain its benefits for longer.
⑤ Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil gets an A++ for multiple reasons. First, hemp seed oil is great for enjoying sunshine. Not only does hemp seed oil naturally have an SPF of about 6, but it also aids Vitamin D absorption, an important reason soak up the sun in the first place.
Second, hemp oil is fabulous for skin care. It can help reduce pore size, blackheads, acne, and ease other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis with its anti-inflammatory and redness-reducing benefits.
Hemp seed oil is high in Omega-6 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (the oil actually has a uniquely great balance of the two), which help to rebuild the epidermal lipids and prevent moisture loss, thereby battling wrinkles and maintaining skin elasticity.
Hemp seed oil is also high in anti-oxidants, adding to its anti-aging benefits. This, too, is a dry oil, so you may need to mix it with an oilier oil if you have dry skin. Hemp seed oil is a great choice for battling acne and can be used as a cleanser and a moisturizer. **Keep Hemp Seed Oil in the fridge**
- Your skin is always changing, depending on the medications you take, how much you sleep, your diet, the supplements you take, your inside environment, the weather, and the amount of water you drink.
- Over time, you may need to change your skincare routine by changing your skincare products. Make sure you listen to your body and your skin.
- It’s also important to note that there’s a bit difference between the dehydrated and dry skin. Many people deal with dehydrated skin, particularly in arid climates or in the winter.
- If your skin is dehydrated, try to find a quality humectant, which draws moisture from your environment, pulling it into the skin.
- Sodium PCA is a humectant, as is rose water, which smells amazing. One of the best humectants is hyaluronic acid since it actually holds 100x its weight in water.
- However, be sure you go with vegan-sourced hyaluronic acid for the best results.
- Keep using your coconut oil for cooking, hair, and moisturizing your body. Try one of these helpful oils and treat your face without causing breakouts.