5 Good Reasons We Still Love This Oil for Our Skin

Didn't it feel like all of a sudden, everyone was obsessed with coconut oil? Like, people couldn't get enough of the stuff and were using it on every part of their body. But it wasn't just for moisturising their skin, people were cooking with it too. And it wasn't just my imagination, according to one report, the demand for coconut-based products, including oil and water, has increased exponentially since 2011. Thing is, coconut oil recently got a bad press for it being not as healthy as we previously thought. Uh Oh. Last month, the American Heart Association revealed that cooking with coconut oil could be bad for cholesterol. Sad face. 

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However, while the jury's still out on whether or not it's OK to eat coconut oil, there is one thing we know is still good to do with it: using it on your body. We spoke to Sophie Thompson, the founder of Sister & Co. Skin Food, which does an incredible pot of coconut oil moisturiser. Through her brand, she sells tens of thousands of jars every year, so it made sense to ask her just why it's such an incredible product for your body and how to get the most out of it. Keep scrolling for our guide on how to use coconut oil for your body, plus shop our favourite brands...