Skincare

5 oils you can use on your skin instead of coconut oil

Hey ladies [and gents], let’s have a quick chat about coconut oil alternatives. If you’re wondering why we’re looking for coconut oil alternatives, you should go read my blog post called “5 products you shouldn’t use on your skin”, click here if you’d like to read it. I know I said 5, but as writing this I thought why not add two more and tell you guys how to use the oils for different reasons as well!

Okay, so let’s get into it.

As a moisturiser.

If you used coconut oil as a moisturiser and found that is it clogging your pores, then here are a few other oils that I recommend trying instead:

  • Squalane

Squalane is a highly-refined botanical lipid with a molecular structure that is very similar to skin lipids. With a natural affinity to skin, this lightweight lipid absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue. Products containing squalane often tout benefits related to moisturizing the skin, managing stubborn acne, and sometimes even antioxidant properties.

  • Marajuca Oil

Naturally-derived from the seed of the passion fruit plant, sustainably harvested from the forests of Brazil, Marajuca oil is full of antioxidants, linoleic acid, and omega 6. Skin’s natural lipid barrier is restored and maintained when using this oil for facial cleansing. Maracuja oil is high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties that are often used in moisturizers and acne-fighting products.

  • Argan Oil

Argan oil has anti-sebum effects, which can effectively regulate amounts of sebum on the skin. This can help to treat several different types of acne and promote a smoother, calmer complexion. Argan oil’s essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation caused by acne (not to mention rashes, infections, and bug bites) while helping to soothe damaged skin cells. If you are using argan oil as your moisturizer, but are still fighting acne, consider adding it to your list of home remedies for acne.

  • Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a humectant ingredient. This means that it works to seal your skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture. This may help prevent bacterial infections, acne, and dandruff from forming. Jojoba oil contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

  • Maraula Oil

Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids and its fine molecular structure is the key to its effectiveness as a skin hydrator and protector making it ideal for most of all skin types especially aging and under-nourished skin. Marula oil is high in vitamin C and E and rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which makes the oil very stable and very resistant to oxidation. The medium-rich oil has an excellent ‘slip factor’ making it an ideal massage oil.

As a makeup remover:

If you have been using coconut oil as a makeup remover and found out that it is clogging your pores, and or drying out your skin, here are two alternatives to try out.

  • almond oil

Take a pea-sized amount of almond oil in your palm and rub it gently all over your face. Leave it on for about 5 minutes or so. Now take a moist cotton ball and remove makeup from your face. Remember not to rub harshly. Almond oil makes a wonderful makeup remover is it doesn’t leave an oily and heavy residue on the skin.

  • sunflower oil

Sunflower Oil is a carrier oil with many benefits for both hair and skin. Sunflower Seed Oil is hydrating, nourishing, and an excellent “supporting” oil base. Sunflower Oil is non-comedogenic and can moisturize acne-prone areas. It soothes eczema, scarring, redness, and irritation.

 

As always, I hope this blog post has taught you something at the very least has provided you with an oil that you can use as an alternative to coconut oil from now on!

If you’re looking for some more natural products that you can use on your skin, be sure to check out my blog post on “5 products that are safe for your skin”, you can click here to read that post.

 

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