Everyone knows how amazing coconut oil is for your health. The ultimate superfood, coconut oil is full of healthy saturated fats which are great for weight loss, brain activity and digestive health. And that’s only a few select benefits. Cocounut oil is a staple in my diet. Spread on toast, mixed into porridge or as a cooking replacement, it tastes great and you know it’s doing you good.
My love of coconut oil doesn’t end in the kitchen. A large tub has pride of place on my bathroom windowsill and here are four very good reasons why.
Taking off the day.
Massage a ten pence piece size onto your face to remove the days make-up and impurities. Watch your make-up dissolve as you gently cleanse your skin at the same time. It even melts waterproof mascara into nothing, leaving your skin soft and supple. Rinse your face with hand hot water to remove excess and pat dry to reveal a glowing complexion.
Rub a good sized amount of solid coconut oil into the ends of dry hair and tie up in a shower cap. Leave it to soak into your hair from ten minutes to an hour, or even overnight, before washing it off. Rinse using a hot shower, being careful not to slip in the residue, then shampoo as normal. If you’re prone to greasy hair, you may want to shampoo twice. After your conditioner, blow dry to reveal luxurious, silky locks.
Giving your skin a drink.
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturising and it’s great for replacing other skin oils such as Bio Oil. I take a small amount of solid coconut oil and rub it into my legs, leaving for up to an hour before getting into a hot bath or shower to rinse it off. You can use it sparingly as an actual moisturiser but I find this a little too greasy. Alternatively, add a scoop to a hot running bath for an all over moisturising treatment. Go on, treat yourself.
Getting rid of the bad stuff.
If you don’t need a deep moisturising treatment, mix solid coconut oil with sugar to create an all-natural sugar scrub. It’s great for getting rid of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of cellulite and moisturising your skin all at once. Rub in a circular motion to rejuvenate your skin, leaving it smooth and nourished.
Virgin Organic Coconoil is my brand of choice but you can pick up coconut oil in all good health stores. Just remember to choose the cold pressed, organic stuff for no hidden nasties.
What’s your favourite way to use coconut oil outside the kitchen?