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Introducing my new favourite must have item… coconut oil. The fact that such a simple product has so many benefits is unbelievable, and to think that I’ve only just discovered its many uses is unreal, where has it been hiding all this time!? Well apparently not too far away, as I found it in my local Tesco superstore the other day. So, what does it do?

Cooking

Forget the oils you’re currently cooking your food in and invest in some coconut oil, as it is rich in saturated medium chain fatty acids. The fatty acids go directly from the digestive tract to the liver, meaning you’ll be provided with a quick source of energy. Oh, and did I mention eating it helps to burn fat? Scientific facts aside – it tastes pretty great and can be added to any meal. You’re welcome!

Hair

The next big use of coconut oil is the fact it makes an incredible hair mask. Warm a few tablespoons of it in the microwave and coat your hair with the melted mixture, wrap your hair up in a bun/towel and leave it for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, wash it off and you’ll have gorgeously smooth and nourished hair (that smells pretty great too).

Teeth

Swirling a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth will help to whiten your teeth by the technique of ‘oil pulling’. It’s kind of a gross feeling, but it does the trick. You might have seen the current craze for Coco White recently – it’s basically that without the flavourings.

Body

Coconut oil removes makeup, moisturises, helps you tan whilst minimising burning (though make sure you still wear sun lotion!), acts as a lip balm and most importantly for me… it helps improve/get rid of certain skin conditions. Whilst others use it for eczema, acne, bites/stings/burns to name but a few, I use it for two other reasons. A few years ago I started getting bizarre white patches on my skin when I tanned, which eventually merged. Now, a large part of my stomach and back doesn’t tan – making me look a little odd to say the least. Turns out it’s ridiculously common and is known as Pityriasis Versicolour. It’s a harmless and noncontagious infection that sits within your skin, causing the pigment to disappear (there isn’t any disgusting looking infection involved, I promise), and is usually bought on by warm weather conditions. Weird right? Well apparently, if the medication doesn’t work (which it hasn’t for me), coconut oil might. I’ve been using it for a week now and I must say, it’s mildly improving. I’m really hoping that it works for me, as with a month abroad coming up I don’t fancy yet another patchy tan. Not only that, but I also use coconut oil to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. If there are any Mum’s-to-be reading this – rub coconut oil on your tummy two or three times a day to help prevent stretch marks!

As much as I don’t particularly want to post about my weird non-tanning skin and stretch marks, we’re all human and honesty is key for me when blogging, so I’m hoping that sharing my tips and tricks of how to improve the appearance of some of your, what you consider to be imperfections, may help – particularly if you’ve been keeping quiet about it. Just one thing, I would make sure that you buy the organic extra virgin raw coconut oil, as this is what I’ve been using. I bought the Vita Coco version which was only £5.99 for a 250ml pot. Let me know how you get on if you try it!

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