Coconut Oil the latest ‘buzz’ product to become incredibly popular with beauty editors and health gurus alike. But the truth is, this wonderful nut (well it’s a ‘fibrous one-seeded dupe) and its many properties have been benefiting our ancestors for thousands of years. What’s not to love? It’s edible, smells delicious and its moisturising oil can be slathered onto our hair and skin to keep us looking lovely.
Here are 10 ways Coconut Oil can boost your health and improve your looks, locks and diets:
1. Make-up remover
Just a small amount on a cotton wool ball can shift a day’s worth of grime and enough make-up to make a clown smile. Even stubborn waterproof mascara slips off effortlessly without any rubbing or pulling, leaving your skin clean, soft and smelling like a summer’s day.
2. Body exfoliator
If you have dry skin or rough patches – especially on knees and elbows, coconut oil can come to the rescue. Mix with a little sea salt or sugar and gently smooth over your arms and legs when you bathe or shower. Then simply wash off. Your skin will feel smooth and look fantastic.
3. Facial moisturiser
Forget fancy brands. Coconut oil in its original form is an effective and affordable beauty staple. Replace your usual moisturiser with a pea-sized amount of coconut oil as part of your cleansing routine and see if you notice the difference.
4. Frizz tamer
Revitalise dry or over-processed locks with a hair boosting wonder mask. Simply rub an amount a 50p piece-sized amount into your hair, comb through so that it covers the ends and then wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap for at least 20 minutes before shampooing as normal. For deeper penetration, sleep in the oil overnight and wash it out the next day.
5. It’s naturally antifungal and antibacterial
It can be used on dry, rough or broken skin, scratches and scars because it’s moisturising, soothing and naturally antifungal and antibacterial. And it smells nicer than medicated emollients.
6. Breath freshener
Because it has antifungal and antibacterial properties it can be used to freshen breath. Just gargle with a spoonful after brushing your teeth to get rid of germs that can linger in the mouth.
7. Tooth Whitener
Run out of toothpaste? Grab the closest jar of coconut oil and add baking soda for a quick fix. Everyone will wonder how you got such a white smile.
8. Fat burner
Two tablespoons of coconut oil ingested daily could boost your metabolism and speed up the fat burning process.
9. Gentle shaving cream
Natural Coconut oil makes a soothing shaving cream for the face or legs. It’s cheap, skin-friendly and smells gorgeous.
10. Just eat it – it’s delicious
You can cook and bake with Coconut Oil because it keeps its integrity at high temperatures. It’s ideal for Asian cooking because its flavour complements spicy dishes. Try it cold in smoothies and salad dressings or as a dairy-free spread.