BEAUTY

The co­conut isn’t just healthy to eat. It’s great for your skin and hair too.

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

iIt is one of the world’s most pow­er­ful su­per­foods. In fact, sci­ence proves that its unique com­bi­na­tion of fatty acids can have a pro­found im­pact on our health, with a long list of ben­e­fits in­clud­ing dra­mat­i­cally low­er­ing choles­terol, aid­ing di­ges­tion, and even im­prov­ing brain func­tion.

We’re tak­ing about pure, undi­luted co­conut oil – and once you have a pot in your stock cup­board, you can cook with it, add it to smooth­ies, use it for bak­ing, and even add it to hot drinks for a health kick.

It’s amaz­ing stuff – and its fan base is grow­ing by the day. Health ex­perts sing its praises and celebri­ties are com­ing out in their droves to hail the ben­e­fits. Mi­randa Kerr, Emma Stone, and Mary-Kate and Ash­ley Olsen are amongst fans, adding it to their di­ets, swear­ing by the ben­e­fits to their health and rav­ing about it in in­ter­views.

But it isn’t just our di­ets that can ben­e­fit from a scoop of pure co­conut oil. The af­ford­able and easy-to-source oil (avail­able in pretty much any su­per­mar­ket or health food shop across the UAE) also helps our skin, hair, nails and even teeth. In fact, some beauty afi­ciona­dos be­lieve it’s the only prod­uct we need on our dress­ing ta­ble.

Con­vinced yet? You might be af­ter read­ing our es­sen­tial list of how to use co­conut oil in your beauty rou­tine…

1 MOIS­TURISER

‘If my skin is dry, I’ll sleep cov­ered in or­ganic co­conut oil,’ model Poppy Delev­ingne re­cently re­vealed. And she isn’t the only one, with queen-of-allth­ings-nat­u­ral Kourt­ney Kar­dashian also re­veal­ing on her blog: ‘I use co­conut oil as body lo­tion ev­ery day! It makes my skin so smooth and soft.’

So why does it work bet­ter than a reg­u­lar mois­turiser? Nu­tri­tion­ist Kim­berly Snyder ex­plains: ‘Com­mer­cial mois­turis­ers con­tain lots of wa­ter, which makes you feel like your skin is be­ing mois­turised – but as soon as the wa­ter dries up, your skin be­comes dry again. Many com­mer­cial brands of mois­turis­ers also con­tain petroleum-based in­gre­di­ents that can suf­fo­cate the skin.

‘In con­trast, co­conut oil pro­vides deep and real mois­ture. It helps strengthen un­der­ly­ing tis­sues and helps re­move ex­ces­sive dead cells on the skin’s sur­face

Emma Stone, Gwyneth Pal­trow and Mi­randa Kerr have all gone loco for coco

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