Any nature-loving girl worth her sea salt knows that a vat of coconut oil is as essential as oxygen to everyday life—setting aside for a second the fact that you can cook with it, thanks to its lauric acid—coconut oil is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial to fight off all sorts of invisible nastiness. It’s also an antioxidant, which means it can help fight off free radicals that lead to DNA damage. And let’s not forget that it can serve as a great multitasking hair product (hello, deep conditioner, frizz-fighter, and shine enhancer!).
So we don’t fault you for wanting to stock up with the biggest Costco-sized container you can get your hands on. But when you add it to your skin-care routine, are you wistful for the indulgent feeling a luxurious, fancy cream in a beautiful jar gives you (as opposed to dipping a finger into a jumbo tub of the same stuff you use head to toe and in the kitchen, on a baby, and as a bug repellent)? After all, the skin on our body can usually take far more abuse than the thin skin on our face, so you should pause to consider a product before slathering it onto your face—whether your skin nemesis is redness and irritation or a honking zit (or both)—even if it’s natural and organic.