Updated On 29th December, 2015.
I was discussing this matter a few days back with my colleagues. One of the girls said that coconut oil makes skin dark!! I was quite surprised because a long time back some body had said that besan (chickpea flour) also turns the skin dark! I was pretty sure that this statement was equally a myth. But, then, I decided to google a bit on it. I did not really find any thing useful!!
It just says that coconut oil is amazing for hair and skin and all. I have been using coconut oil for like, a month, now. I mainly use coconut oil to remove the sunscreen from my face, neck and arms. I haven’t noted any discoloration or pigmentation recently.
In fact, my skin has become more plump and more hydrated and my skin has started to glow. When I had dry patches, I had hoped that coconut oil would be able to make it fine but that was something I could not achieve but then it was the product which was making the skin dry.
Updated: I had posted this article long back in January of 2013. And, since then, I have been thinking a lot about how a particular product can make skin dark. Remember, how I mentioned that there are two kinds of dryness – lack of hydration and lack of moisture!
Recently after an interview with one of the dermatologists, I understood that lack of moisture leads to cracked and dry skin where as lack of hydration leads to dull and dark looking skin. Now, the question is does coconut oil makes skin dark?
Coconut Oil moisturizes the skin. But, unfortunately, it falls short on the hydration part. In fact, most of the oils fall short. So, when you use any oil on your skin, it is best to layer it with another hydrating product so you get best of both things.
Always hydrate before you moisturise. When used this way, coconut or any other oil never makes your skin look dark. Drink loads of water and keep your body hydrated from inside. Same thing goes for hair as well. Use oil or serum to seal the hair when damp and prevent moisture loss.