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Moisturizing/Anti-Aging: Coconut Oil?

In addition to consuming for nutrition, coconut oil can be found in many beauty and personal-care products for hair, skin, and nails. But are there really any benefits to using this natural resource for moisturizing and anti-aging?

Coconut and Coconut Oil for Moisturizing and Anti-Aging
Coconut and Coconut Oil for Moisturizing and Anti-Aging

Coconut oil is often praised for its potential benefits for the skin, including its moisturizing properties, but its effectiveness for aging skin is a subject of debate. Some people believe that coconut oil can be beneficial for aging skin, while others argue that it may not be the most suitable option.

Here are some factors to note:

Moisturization: Coconut oil, which is a saturated fat, has been documented to soften skin and used as a moisturizer, which traps water in the skin to provide a hydrating effect.

I've been using coconut oil as my daily facial moisturizer since 2020. In the mornings, I cleanse my face with a clean white wash cloth (no dyes in the washcloth) and plain lukewarm water. Once a week, I will cleanse my face with a non-fragrant soap to remove any trapped oil to prevent clogged pores.

  • Antioxidant Properties: Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, which has been noted to help protect skin from free radicals in the environment—or simply put, it has been documented as protection from contaminants in the atmosphere. Antioxidants (in this case, coconut oil) have been noted to reduce signs of aging as a means to maintain healthy skin.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory effects that may help soothe red, raw, angry skin and potentially reduce inflammation associated with aging.

  • Clogging Pores: One concern with using coconut oil on the face, especially for individuals with acne-prone or oily skin, which has been known for its comedogenic nature, has the potential to clog pores, leading to breakouts or worsening existing acne.

As I had mentioned previously, I cleanse my face periodically to prevent clogged pores.

  • Lack of Scientific Evidence: Since there is limited scientific research, specifically focused on its effects on aging skin, the benefits of coconut oil as an anti-aging product are yet to be determined. An article published on Healthline discusses current scientific studies regarding the effects coconut oil has on wrinkles.

Individual Reactions: Coconut oil may provide different and varying outcomes for each person.

Disclaimer: Do not follow my regimen; you may experience a different outcome. My regimen is NOT indicative of what might work for your skin—I am NOT a dermatologist or a medical doctor. Always check with your physician prior to subscribing to using coconut oil for anti-aging, wrinkle-free skin.

What effect does coconut oil have on moisturizing and anti-aging when tanning?

According to Healthline, coconut oil is not suitable for tanning. It lacks ample protection from the sun's ultra-violet (UV) rays. To avoid sunburn or other types of skin damage, seek products specifically for suntanning with the appropriate level of UV protection.

Although this topic is about moisturizing and anti-aging, tanning, over time results in the opposite—dark spots, permanent skin darkening, which is a result of an abundance of melanin being produced to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Premature aging, wrinkles, dryness, which can rob sun worshippers of essential fatty acids. Flakiness and rubbery-textured skin are also consequences of soaking-up the sun.

In summary, while coconut oil may provide some moisturizing benefits for your skin, it's uncertain for use as an anti-aging remedy.

Before you decide to incorporate coconut oil into your daily facial regimen, your safest bet is to seek the advice of a dermatologist for any concerns you may have regarding moisturizers, anti-aging, wrinkles, and the use of coconut oil.


Hi! I'm Arnita "Tea" Williams (my pen name), a content marketing writer. Since I've spent my entire career in the healthcare industry, I've acquired an unwavering passion for health, wellness, and living a healthy lifestyle. I've had hands-on experience as an editor in pharma. I've marketed for a long-term care. My experience in the healthcare industry also includes working in research and development. With a B.A. in Marketing, healthcare, and my passion for the written word, I felt the next and most logical step was to incorporate my experiences into a blog, not only to share my knowledge, but to sincerely help others. I'm also a freelance writer for hire. I write case studies, white papers, and magazine articles. I'm not afraid to capture the interview to complete any writing project. Feel free to connect with me here on my blog at or on LinkedIn at

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