When Australian model Miranda Kerr announced that she owes her glossy locks and perfect blemish free skin to her favorite beauty product, coconut oil, Holland & Barrett sales of the stuff unsurprising shot up by 50 percent.

Before you get too excited though, a size 0 figure, great genes and flawless skin aren’t assured – bummer! What this tropical wonder oil does deliver though is a one-stop shop of beauty benefits. In fact there’s nothing that this gorgeous smelling white stuff can’t do for you or your skin. Now a staple in my cupboard and kit bag, it’ll save you a pretty packet too due to it’s plethora of versatile uses. Here’s just a few to get you started: -

As a hand cream
Great for soothing, dry, parched and chapped skin.

As a highlighter
Perk up tired skin with a dab on your cheekbones over your make-up. Used in a lot of organic beauty products such as RMS, it’ll give your skin a natural, healthy looking glow.

As a make-up remover
Put some on a cotton pad and sweep over your eyes and face. It’s great for breaking down heavy make-up and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Believe it or not, it even makes light work of the nemesis of all make-up removers – waterproof mascara.

As a body moisturiser
Effective at improving hydration and reducing water loss to the skin, coconut oil makes a fab all over body moisturiser. Just rub it in your hands until it melts and use it all over. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue like some body oils, as it’s easily absorbed. You’ll also smell like you’ve just walked out of a Bounty advert – and who doesn’t want that!

To clean and hydrate your face
Naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturising and great for dermatitis, coconut oil also works wonders as a night-time moisturiser.

As conditioner
Several hair conditioners you buy off the shelf contain coconut oil due to its ability to deeply penetrate the hair better than other oils. It’s also proven to reduce hair breakage and damage. Apply a 10 pence piece size dollop to your hair, comb it in then pile your hair into a bun. Leave it for one hour or overnight (in shower cap or towel) and then simply shampoo out.

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Posted on: February 10th, 2013
Posted in: Beauty, latest news