We love coconut oil, and see it as the secret weapon in our beauty regimes. Like a magician, it can carry out all sorts of amazing tricks.

It’s not hard to imagine why when you consider all the good stuff that coconut oil is composed of: It’s rich in anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which means it can do a lot of things that other oils can’t.

  • Soothe Your Dry Hands

Dry skin sucks. Not only can it itch and get red and blotchy, but it can cause our skin to crack, blister – and bleed. It doesn’t look good, and it also doesn’t feel good. But coconut oil can help.

  • Highlight Your Cheekbones

It might sound unorthodox, but coconut oil works as a really amazing highlighter for your cheekbones. All you need to do is take a dab and then sweep it on top of your makeup. Then, leave well alone. The oil will blend in with your skin seamlessly, so that it looks like your skin but with more of a glow. In fact, if you check the list of ingredients on practically any natural makeup branded formula, you’ll see coconut oil.

  • Wash Your Face

You don’t need to clean your face with just soap and water when coconut oil is around. Thanks to its natural moisturising qualities, it makes for an excellent facial cleanser. I will easily dissolve all makeup, even waterproof.

  • Add It To Your Smoothie

Following on from adding coconut oil to your cup of tea or coffee, you can also add it to your breakfast smoothie for an extra, special health-boost. This is a much better idea for anyone who doesn’t really like the taste of coconut oil, as the smoothie masks it better than tea and coffee does. Moreover, those crunch bits of coconut you sometimes get in the oil obviously work better in a smoothie. However, you will still notice the texture either way, so it’s key that you melt the oil right up until it’s barely melted. Then add it.

  • Weight Loss

Lots of people think that coconut oil helps with weight loss – and we’re inclined to agree with them. Unlike lots of other dietary fats, your body process the ones in coconut oil in a different way. In other words, instead of turning them into body fat, your burn off their calories instead.

  • Shave Your Legs

Shaving cream is expensive. But that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it is that it also contains lots of nasty chemicals that can cause bad reactions, such as rashes, itchiness and burning sensations. Not cool. Coconut oil is natural and contains zero harmful chemicals. And that’s why we love to use it as our shaving cream of choice.

  • Remove Your Makeup

The worst bit about a night out is having to remove our makeup after we’ve returned home from dancing. We could just go straight to bed with our makeup still on, but we know that this isn’t really a wise idea. Removing makeup can be really hard sometimes, though – especially when we’re faced with really stubborn mascara! But this is where coconut oil comes to the rescue. It can melt away even the most resistant makeup easily and quickly.

  • Clean Your Teeth!

If you don’t want to have to make frequent trips to the dentist (and who does?!), you need to look after your teeth. And to really double down on plaque and enamel, you could try rubbing coconut oil into your molars. This might seem like an unusual tactic at first. But when you realise that coconut oil has lots and lots of anti-bacterial properties, it suddenly makes a lot of sense. And indeed, people have been oil pulling with this essential oil for centuries because it’s just so good at eliminating pesky bacteria from your mouth.

For best results, rub it into your teeth and gums for up to twenty minutes at least twice a week.

  • Chapped Lips

Got parched, chap lips? Nightmare! We all know what that’s like. But the good news is that even in the winter when your lips are at their driest, coconut oil moisten them over.