You don't need to flick through the pages of my blog for too long to see that coconut oil has become an integral part of my beauty routine. My skin seems to love the stuff and it works wonders on my dehydrated hair and body, too. It's a cheap and cheerful, ultra gentle way of getting a little extra hydration into my routine - lord knows some days I need it. After watching this Wayne Goss video on the benefits of adding oil to your foundation I've been mixing it up on a daily basis. A small chunk melted in with my beloved NARS Sheer Glow and it completely changes the finish on my skin. A fairly full coverage, semi-matte base is transformed into something fresher, lighter and with a healthy, youthful glow. I still love Sheer Glow on its own merit, but I love still being able to achieve the flawless coverage that it gives without compromising on my skin looking like skin.
After a year of using this to take my makeup off I still haven't come across anything that even comes close in terms of efficiency. Even products that are renowned for being tricky to remove (the Benefit They're Real range springs immediately to mind) melt away without leaving the skin feeling dry or stripped. I also love using coconut oil as an overnight skin treatment when things are feeling particularly parched. At the moment my skincare routine is just about as stripped back and gentle as can be, so I find it to be a great alternative to expensive overnight masks as it does exactly the same job but doesn't have any negative effects on my sensitive skin (touch wood!) This stuff also works brilliantly as a shaving oil, an overnight hair treatment (although I would definitely recommend sticking to the ends of the hair with that one) and even a deodorant on post-epiliation days where my underarms are feeling particularly sensitive. It's a great thing to add to your diet too, although admittedly I'm not in any position to become a spokeswoman for healthy eating. Still, it's a great addition to roast tatties on a Sunday evening; and even I can get on board with that.