It’s no secret that regular application of coconut oil can help you achieve longer, stronger and healthier tresses. However, over the last few years, coconut oil has become a sought after ingredient in the skincare world due to its super nourishing properties.

And while it can be beneficial in some ways or the other, it is not the answer to all your skin concerns. In fact, for certain skin types, it may do just the opposite and invite unwanted skin concerns. Yes, really. Scroll down to discover why coconut oil is not the answer to all your skin woes.


1. Can irritate sensitive skin

Can irritate sensitive skin

Coconut oil does not have the ability to penetrate into the pores of the skin, this is why it sits on the surface attracting dirt, dust and pollution from the environment. Since sensitive skin type gets easily irritated by pollutants, this can result in itchy or inflamed skin. Therefore, we do not recommend the use of coconut oil on sensitive skin types. Instead, look for a lightweight moisturiser such as the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. It is free from harsh chemicals and nourishes your skin from deep within.


2. Can clog your pores and cause breakouts

Can clog your pores and cause breakouts

Since coconut oil does not penetrate the skin, it ends up clogging the pores and suffocating your skin. Now, those with oily and acne prone skin would know that clogged pores are a recipe for disaster — it leads to blackheads, breakouts and blemishes. Even if you have an oily skin type, it needs external moisturisation, but an oil or cream based formula would be too heavy. Pick a lightweight gel moisturiser like the Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E to give your skin a surge of moisture without clogging the pores.


3. Can’t get rid of face wrinkles

Can’t get rid of face wrinkles

Coconut oil or most oils for that matter linger on the surface of the skin; this means they do nothing to produce collagen, which is necessary to prevent wrinkles and maintain skin elasticity. To keep your skin looking younger, follow a thorough skincare routine and lifestyle habits to combat the signs of aging. Stay out of the sun as much as possible and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion every day to keep your skin protected. Quit smoking and exercise regularly to delay the signs of aging.


4. Does not moisturise the face

Does not moisturise the face

Coconut oil contains saturated fats; this locks moisture into the skin and repairs the protective barrier of the skin. However, this works better on areas where the skin is thicker, such as elbows, knees and heels. Using this oil on the face as a facial moisturizer can be quite heavy for your skin and may result in clogged pores. If you are looking for a natural alternative- — try aloe vera gel like the Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel. It is gentle, suitable for all skin types and perfect for daily use.