My usual night products:
• Prescription Retin-A Micro, ~$100 with insurance
• Eye cream changes frequently but it’s currently Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, $43.50
• Clarins Double Serum, $85
• Aquaphor Lip Repair, $4.29
(There are lots of other products for day time, but I’ll spare you.)
I cheated a little bit on this one because I’ve been dealing with a break-out situation on my face that is just starting to resolve. The thought of smearing coconut oil all over my blemishes (despite the fact that it reportedly has anti-bacterial properties) was horrifying. So I used it as an eye cream and lip balm, and stuck with my usual products for the rest of my face.
Eye cream: You’d think that I would have learned my lesson about putting this near my eye, but what I noticed after using it as an eye makeup remover is that it left the surrounding skin baby soft. So I applied it on the skin around my eye, avoiding the eye itself. The coconut oil soaked in really quickly and the next morning the area was still impressively soft.
Lip balm: I had high hopes for this as a lip balm, but coconut oil is just too thin to be a really satisfying balm. But if looking like you just got done eating a huge bucket of KFC is your goal–this might be for you.
THE VERDICT: Coconut oil is a really good moisturizer for the eye area–I’d recommend it. Not so much on the lips.