Moisturizing should be apart of everyone’s daily skincare regime–especial during the cold winter months. A quality moisturizer can help hydrate and nourish your skin while perfecting you from free radicals and also preventing early signs of aging. If left improperly hydrated your skin can become dry and flakey, or even worse, cracked.
When it comes to choosing the right moisturizer for your skin, most dermatologist-recommended products at your local drugstore or beauty retailer will do. But it’s important to avoid formulas that will do more harm than good for your complexion.
With the new wave of natural skincare products came a rise in the popularity of coconut oil. This natural ingredient has a long list of beauty purposes -- from removing makeup to mending split ends -- but dermatologists warn against putting it on your face.
According to Josie L. Tenore, an Illinois-based dermatologist who spoke to Reader’s Digest, coconut oil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in the world of skincare.
“Coconut oil and olive oil might not be the best products to put on your skin. For some people, coconut oil can be an effective moisturizer that absorbs fairly well into the skin, providing light to moderate hydration and softening in one quick, inexpensive step,” explained Dr. Tenore. “But coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means it can cause clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.”
Due to its properties, you could be causing more harm than good to your skin by using coconut oil as a moisturizer.
“It’s also not the intensive moisturizer some people claim. If you need a lot of hydration, coconut oil simply won’t cut it,” said Dr. Tenore.