You might be used to using coconut oil in cooking, but the many uses for this tropical elixir go way beyond the kitchen. This wonder oil can help treat dry hair, soften dehydrated skin, soothe sunburn and moisturise scaly limbs. Not bad for just one product! It seems like everyone - A-listers included - have gone cuckoo for coconut oil. And it’s no wonder why - few beauty buys are so versatile, not to mention so affordable.
Coconut oil is the ultimate multi-purpose beauty tool. From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, this clever product can help nourish, soothe and restore your hair and skin. It can even remove grime from your make-up brushes! With so many uses, it's not surprising that some of Hollywood's most gorgeous celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone and Miranda Kerr are all reported fans. Find out how they like to use coconut oil below and discover why you should make room in your bathroom cupboard for this magical ingredient.
Asda Pure Extra Virgin coconut oil, 283ml for £2.35 in 520 Asda stores now and at asda.com
Keep skin supple by slathering on ultra nourishing coconut oil directly after the shower. A little bit will go a long way – simply apply directly on to skin and then pat dry. Simple!
Say goodbye to flyaways by applying a teeny bit of coconut oil in your hands and then smoothing over hair. Your tresses will become nice and sleek, plus shiny to boot (just make sure you stay away from the scalp so that hair doesn't look greasy)!
Actress Emma Stone revealed in a Vogue interview that she likes to keep coconut oil on hand as a natural make-up remover. That's because it works wonders for removing even the most stubborn lipstick and eyeliner residue. To effectively remove dirt and make-up, apply a little bit of oil directly to the face or use a cotton pad to gently sweep across skin.
Is the summer heat drying out your pout? Soothe chapped lips with coconut oil - its semi-solid texture at room temperature means it glides on perfectly.
Clean your teeth
Actress and all-around beauty Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan of oil pulling, the process of gargling coconut oil with water for about 20 minutes. Fans say coconut oil’s antibacterial properties can help get rid of toxins from your mouth, strengthen teeth and give you a sparkling smile. Would you give it a go?
Coconut oil is great for hydrating a dry scalp (which can lead to dandruff). It also contains anti fungal properties that may also help to prevent those troublesome flakes. Double win!
No need to visit the spa - you can create your own luxurious massage experience at home! To create your own massage treatment, carefully heat up some coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave and add a few drops of essential oil. Simple! Just make sure it cools before you begin.
Coconut oil can help soothe a sun baked body by injecting some much needed moisture back into pink skin. But for serious burns, you should always seek the help of a medical professional.
Cleaning make-up brushes
Clean make-up brushes means cleaner skin, so make sure yours get a decent wash at least once a month. To clean, add one part coconut oil to two parts antibacterial soap and swirl brush around until all make-up residue is gone. Rinse brushes in warm water and that’s it!
Are you ready to add this multi-purpose magical elixir to your beauty arsenal? Visit Asda to pick up Asda Pure Extra Virgin coconut oil, 283ml for £2.35 in 520 Asda stores now and available online from Monday 25 July 2016. You'll find it in store near the olive and balsamic oils.