“Oil-based products are one of the best ways to add moisture back into the skin,” says Dr. Engelman. “They are easily absorbed and penetrate deep into the skin.” That said, there are some downsides. “I don’t like coconut oil for the face as it can clog pores and cause breakouts,” she says. “It ranks very high on the comedogenicity scale.” Dr. Bhanusali agrees, saying, “some skin types — particularly oily, acne-prone skin — shouldn’t use it.” If you don’t have an oily or acne-prone skin type, though, and you want to try using coconut oil to hydrate your skin, Dr. Engelmen recommends reserving the ingredient for body application. Ahead, we’ve rounded up four of our favorite ways to use coconut oil that don’t involve your face.
How to Use Coconut Oil
Shave With It
If you’ve run out of shaving cream and are in a pinch, reach for coconut oil. The oil’s consistency resembles that of a thick shaving cream, which can help the razor glide smoothly over your skin, making it less likely you’ll end up with razor bumps.
Massage It Into Your Cuticles
If your cuticles are dry, try applying coconut oil to moisturize.