What do Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Palthrow and Jenifer Aniston have in common? Aside from being gorgeous and looking younger than their years... they all devotees of Coconut Oil....
Coconut Oil is the vinegar of the beauty world, it has 101 uses! Extracted from the flesh of mature coconuts it can be drunk raw, used in cooking and baking or applied directly to the skin or hair as a moisturiser. Jenifer mixes it with rock salt to make a body scrub, Miranda drinks it in her tea and Gwyneth covers her body in it after a bath. The oil contains fatty acids which are said to leave skin and hair smooth and shiny, and devotees have linked it with a host of other health benefits, including aiding digestion and weight loss.
I love applying it to my skin as a body moisturiser, it tackles the dry, rough patches on my elbows and knees like nothing else! It’s solid in the pot but melts on contact with the skin. It is extremely rich and does takes a little while to absorb – I find it’s best used on an evening after a bath. I swear it’s a winter saviour.
Recently I’ve been using it more on my hair. It can be used on the ends as a quick conditioner but it’s as a mask that it works best. I’ve been frightened to put it on my roots with fear of the oil slick but my scalp was dry and flaky so I took the plunge. Well I looked like a chip pan and smelt like a Bounty but it worked a treat! I massaged it into my scalp and through the ends of the hair, left it over night and rinsed and washed the next morning. The dry scalp was gone, but the best thing, my hair felt stronger and thicker. I’m doing this at least once a week and it’s really improving the condition of my hair.
Check out Coconut Oil at Holland & Barrett. Miaflora Coconut Oil £6.99 for 207ml & Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil £14.99 for 453g (Currently £7.49)