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.
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...
Why is coconut oil so popular?
There are three main reasons why coconut oil for your body is still super popular, says Sophie. Not only is it an "all natural product which people are increasingly looking for", it has an "accessible price point and is suitable for all skin types".
Despite this, I was aware that some people might be a bit reluctant about putting it on their faces. Sophie admitted that even she was a little hesitant. "This is exactly how I felt when coconut oil was recommended to me in India—I’m not putting oil on my face! But it is naturally anti-bacterial, and contains amazing ingredients such as vitamin E".
Where's the best place to use coconut oil?
There are so many places you can use coconut oil, says Sophie. Plus, "it's very easy to use, rinses clean, is 100% organic and raw, and you will notice a difference". But, onto the more important information on where exactly you should be putting the stuff.
For starters, you can use it on your face to cleanse and remove makeup (use a cotton wool pad to gently clean skin and use your usual cleanser after). You can also use it as a mosturiser but, as Sophie recommends, it might be better to use it in the evening for this purpose, as it might be hard to makeup on over it in the morning. If you're really suffering from dry skin, Sophie recommends putting a "spoonful in your bath and you’ll have the hydrating effects immediately".
Other uses include using it on incredibly dry patches of skin often found in areas such as the elbows and knees. It can also be used to soothe skin for problems such as eczema, insect bites, sunburn, and it's also incredible for babies, pregnant women, and your hair. "It really is great for all over!" says Sophie.