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What kale was to superfood junkies, coconut oil has become to beauty buffs.
First, the basics: Coconut oil is extracted from raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels. It's been found to be an effective moisturizer and, it can be a great (and cheap) way to smooth hair, reduce frizz and tame flyaways.
"But is it truly the miracle ingredient capable of curing every skin woe? No," said Dr. Shereene Idriss, a New York-based dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology. "Coconut oil is a pure oil which makes it act more like a wax, therefore making it extremely comedogenic and occlusive."
If you have particularly oily skin, maybe coconut products aren't for you.
"It will more than likely clog your pores, leading to inflammation and breakouts. It is therefore not for everyone, and should be approached with caution," Idriss added.
But, for some of us, coconut products work wonders.
"As a moisturizer, coconut oil has superior properties as a natural ingredient. We are also seeing more facial cleansers and body washes replacing harsh sulfates with gentle coconut cleansers that clean the skin without stripping it of its natural lipids," said Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist based in Long Island, New York. "In hair products, coconut oil will be particularly hydrating. By hydrating the cuticle of hair, it has less tendency to split and be dry. This gives it a natural shine."
Here are some of our go-to, tried-and-true coconut creams, oils and lotions.
1. Archipelago Coconut Lotion, $21, Amazon
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This blend of coconut oil and jojoba is skin care heaven.
This product is also available from Dermstore for $25.
2. Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $10, Amazon
With a captivating scent reminiscent of the beach, this pure coconut oil keeps your face, hair and legs soft and moisturized with no greasiness. Then, you can even throw it in a pan for cooking.
You can also pick this up at Walmart for $16.
3. Eminence Organic Skin Care Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, $58, Dermstore
This blend of coconut oil and coconut water is best for normal to dry skin types.
This is also sold at Dermstore, for $58.
4. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $36, Dermstore
Exfoliate gently with this concoction made of coconut oil and Moroccan rose. It's great for perking up in a morning shower.
5. One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream, $56, Dermstore
This is one of my personal heroes. It's very moisturizing and highly absorbent, leaving your face glowing and ... well ... dewy.
6. Sun Bum Coconut Lip Balm, $5, Amazon
My lips are severely chapped year-round. During a recent beach vacation, this balm saved them. Bonus: It smells incredible and provides SPF 30 sun protection, which is the minimum most dermatologists recommend.
7. The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist, $13, Ulta
When it's hot outside, heavy perfumes can be cloying. So try this light, bright tropical mist instead.
8. Sister & Co Coconut Oil, $12, Asos
You can use this cold-pressed oil for everything: cleaning your face, hydrating it and reveling in its exquisite scent.
9. Savor Beauty Coconut Jasmine Pre-Cleanse Oil, $32, Nordstrom
This luxurious oil removes makeup gently.
It's also sold at Neiman Marcus for $32.
10. Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Balm, $34, Sephora
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes ... this helps soothe dry spots and patches all over.
11. Cocokind Organic Skin Butter, $12, Amazon
Reach for this butter when skin feels particularly dry and itchy.
We also love the brand's Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer, sold at Thrive Market.