Coconut oil is one of the most versatile health and beauty products around... It’s the darling of the nutrition world (an easy to digest source of fatty acids that doesn’t change form when you heat it), is super economical (a giant tub is dirt cheap) and it smells like Fiji. With a multitude of beauty uses, from moisturizing the body to smoothing haywire hair, coconut oil also makes a kick-ass cleanser, according to Margaret Zhang. “Whenever I’m wearing makeup, I’ll use coconut oil to remove it, because then you don’t have to worry about moisturizing afterwards, and you go straight to bed. It’s so good for your skin and it smells good.” Here’s how she does it…


Step 1 – Scoop a small handful of coconut oil out of the jar. Usually it will be solid, unless it is a hot day.

Step 2 – Turn it into a liquid by rubbing it gently between your palms.

Step 3 – Smear it all over a dry face. Massage it into your eyes if you’ve got thick eye makeup on, “and let it sit for a second so everything dissolves,” adds Margaret.

Step 4 – Next, remove it – and your makeup. “Just grab a pad and wipe everything off,” she says.

Step 5 – Next, Then rinse your face with water. There will be some coconut oil residue, just massage it in for a moisturising treatment.

Photography by Jake Terrey; Styling by Richard Sawyer; Makeup by Desiree Wise.


Comment (11)

  1. February 18, 2014

    Definitely going to give this a go. Thanks for the tip – Nicola

  2. March 4, 2014

    Pleasure Nicola! It really works!

  3. July 2, 2014

    I’ve been doing this for a while – it works, clears up your skin and smells amazing!!!!!!!!

  4. March 13, 2015

    Coconut is a codmogenic, it clogs pores. That is not true for everyone, obviously, but use coconut oil on your face and neck with caution. I am one of the people who breaks out from coconut oil.

  5. June 11, 2015

    Doesn’t coconut oil clog drains?

  6. April 15, 2016

    You should’nt put your hand directly into a jar! It’s nit hygiene…

  7. June 22, 2016

    If u have oily skin is coconut oil good to use

  8. October 20, 2016

    Would love to read about all of coconut oil’s uses, I’ve heard there’s a bunch

  9. October 20, 2016

    Can it really get off waterproof mascara??

  10. October 21, 2016
    Monica R.

    Way late to the coconut oil trend, but my goodness it is a godsend! Never thought to use it to remove makeup, gotta give it a try!

  11. October 21, 2016

    I love coconut oil for it’s traditional uses but I personally found that it makes my skin feel oily after using it to remove my makeup