Since coconut oil is a fat extracted from raw coconuts or dried coconut flakes, its emollient properties may make it beneficial for certain skin types, such as dry, or normal-to-dry skin, when used as an overnight moisturizer.
Coconut oil contains nourishing fatty acids that help hydrate and protect skin. These include lineolic acid (vitamin F), which helps skin retain moisture and lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties.
If you have dry, flaky skin, using coconut oil instead of your regular moisturizer may soften and hydrate your skin, leaving it looking refreshed and soft upon waking.
BENEFITS OF USING COCONUT OIL ON YOUR FACE OVERNIGHT
- Hydration. Coconut oil helps bolster your skin’s protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated.
- Reduces inflammation. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin.
- Increases collagen production. The lauric acid content in coconut oil has a beneficial effect on collagen production. Collagen helps skin maintain firmness and elasticity. Helping skin maintain and produce collagen might eliminate the formation of some fine lines and wrinkles.
- Lighten dark patches. According to beauty bloggers like DIY Remedies, coconut oil can lighten skin, and may help reduce the appearance of dark spots or uneven skin tone. Adding lemon juice may enhance this effect.