Coconut oil has healing and antibacterial properties, which make it beneficial for facial skin. Using coconut oil on the face improves hydration and can reduce the occurrence of breakouts.
It's possible to use coconut oil as either a facial cleanser or a moisturizer. The use of coconut oil as a cleanser involves emulsifying and massaging it into the skin before rinsing it off with warm water. The benefit is that coconut oil doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils. Skin stripped of its natural oils not only feels dry, but the glands overproduce sebum to compensate. This overproduction leads to clogged pores and acne.
Coconut oil's unique moisturizing properties make it ideal as a facial moisturizer. Saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids compose coconut oil. These trap moisture in the skin while leaving the skin's surface lipids intact. Coconut oil also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. They reduce inflammation and help heal the skin's natural barrier.
Coconut oil works well as a makeup remover, too. All that's required is massaging the oil into the makeup and using a cotton pad to wipe it off before rinsing with warm water. The benefits of using coconut oil this way include removing even eye makeup gently while keeping the skin hydrated.