Geez, I love coconut oil. I cook with it, moisturise with it, cover my hair in it...in fact my body composition must be 70% coconut by now...screw you water! Today on the blog I catch up with Australia’s very own ‘coconut guru’ Brynley King to discuss skin benefits. Brynley's the author of cookbook Going Coconuts, based on the fundamental principals of eating clean and living green, and knows all there is to know about this magical nut...
"What if I told you there is one product that is inexpensive, simple to use, a bunch of A-list celebrities swear by it and it could revolutionize the way you care for your skin? I’m about to introduce you to your new Holy Grail beauty product and your skin is going to love you for it" says Brynley.
Native Pacific Islanders are known for their beautiful, glowing complexions. Common skin problems like wrinkles; dehydration and sun damage don’t seem to affect them even though they spend hours outside in the harsh elements. But unlike most of us in the western world who spend billions of dollars each year on the latest skincare products, Pacific Islanders have just one, versatile and fully sustainable secret ingredient – coconut oil.
By now you’ve probably used it at least once as a cooking ingredient but what many people don’t know is that this miracle oil known for its myriad health benefits also has a place in your bathroom cabinet and is going to feed your skin just as well as it does your tummy.
The healthy fats and unique properties found in the coconut oil are extremely beneficial to your skin and hair as they help to heal, protect, nourish and revitalize – without any nasty additives.
My personal favourite hair and beauty uses for coconut oil include:
- Make up remover
- Shaving oil
- Frizzy hair tamer
- Hair treatment
- After-sun lotion
Feeling creative? These DIY coconut oil beauty recipes will have your Friday girl’s night sorted!
For a super nourishing, not to mention delicious facemask that will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated combine 50mls virgin coconut oil, 1 ripe avocado and 2 tsp. good quality honey until you have a paste consistency before chilling the mixture in the fridge for half an hour. Apply a thick layer to your face and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Coffee and coconut oil is a match made in heaven when it comes to banishing cellulite. Mix equal parts of ground coffee with virgin coconut oil and rub into cellulite areas for a few minutes before rinsing off in the shower. Do this on a daily basis to improve circulation, reduce water retention and tighten the tissues while moisturising the skin all at the same time.
Go on...go coconuts with us.
Brynley has spent her life travelling the world with her mother and Banaban step-father, visiting myriad coconut plantations throughout Asia and the Pacific and learning first hand about coconut products. A self-confessed coconut addict, her travels have also seen her visit international and government funded coconut research centres, world food exhibitions and assisted in Rabi Island based aid projects, sharing her knowledge on the benefits coconuts can have on our lives. Brynley is now on her way to becoming an unstoppable force in the cooking, beauty and health industries.
You can purchase Banaban Coconut Oil right here.