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