Friday 28 November 2014

Why coconut oil should be top of your supermarket list

Get ready to lather up ladies

Freya Drohan

Published 05/06/2014 | 18:04

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Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele Bundchen are not women often associated with fat.

However pure coconut oil, i.e. liquid fat, appears to be the secret in their beauty arsenal.

Over the last decade, coconut oil has been cited as a miracle cooking and beauty product by islanders, nutritionists and those who advocate a clean diet.

With over 100 uses, here is how this product found in supermarkets for under €10 can replace most items in your bathroom cabinet.

Face

Since supermodels heralded coconut oil as their must have product, the mass population has been slathering it on in abundance with little thought to how it actually benefits us.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid and antioxidants which reduce inflammation associated with acne, making it an effective topical cleanser and moisturiser for bad skin sufferers as it keeps spots at bay.

The oil also provides real, deep moisture as it simultaneously strengthens underlying tissue and removes dead skin cells on the surface.

The aforementioned antioxidants also prove to be an effective anti-ageing elixir, repairing skin and slowing down the development of wrinkles.

The wonder product also doubles as a chap-stick, a cold sore treatment, and an eye makeup remover.

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Hair

One of the most effective and well known uses for coconut oil is as a frizz-fighting hair product: as oil and water don't mix, the coconut oil on the hair prevents moisture from penetrating the hair follicle and creating frizz.

By rubbing a small amount of coconut oil between your hands and applying from roots to tips of hair, coconut oil works wonders for dry damaged hair. Simply apply, put on a shower cap, and then wash off after a few hours.

 

Body

Coconut oil is used by many expectant women to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

It can help sooth psoriasis or eczema and improve the appearance of varicose veins and cellulite.

When jetting abroad for holidays, don’t forget to pack a jar as it acts as a mosquito repellent and also boasts a natural SPF 4 sunscreen.

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Oral Health

‘Oil Pulling’ has been a creeping trend as of late, but what is it?

This is the process whereby coconut oil is gargled or swished about in the mouth for up to 20 minutes, in an attempt to clear up germs, whiten teeth, and improve gum health.

To whiten teeth without shelling out for expensive treatments, mix some coconut oil with baking soda and you have a naturally whitening toothpaste

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