Coconut oil is often used as an alternative to cooking oil, but some of the tropical fruit’s benefits can be obtained by other means. Try applying a small amount of coconut oil to dry skin brought on by winter weather. Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin and is packed with antioxidants. Right after your shower or bath, rub a small amount on your damp skin to help retain the skin’s natural moisture balance. Coconut oil is a good choice of moisturizer for people with simple acne, as it contains lauric acid, which has anti-microbial properties.