Coconut oil is known for being incredibly hydrating to the skin, and unlike cream or lotion-based moisturizers, it does not contain alcohols or silicones. It naturally and effectively soothes the skin with vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and lauric acid, the latter of which was recently shown to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, I often recommend virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer for patients with eczema or atopic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin). But your skin can benefit even if you don’t have eczema. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil make it a great makeup remover, especially around the eyes. And if you’re not prone to acne, you can use it as a nighttime moisturizer all over your face – a small amount goes a long way! If you do have acne-prone skin, coconut oil can definitely block pores so you’ll be safer choosing a moisturizer that is oil-free.