Forget that it’s found in the kitchen — coconut oil has become the most obsessed about natural beauty staple. Here, we reveal some of this super food’s inner and outer health benefits. Apparently, you can have your (raw, vegan and gluten-free) cake and eat it too! Yes, there’s no denying people are continuing to go loco for coconuts. “Coconut oil is a good fat which can help lower cholesterol levels, boost immunity and optimise digestion,” says nutritionist, Dayne Crocker (fromearthtoplate.blogspot.com.au). “It contains high levels of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which can help provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and other viruses,” says Crocker. But, can it only be added to smoothies or used when cooking or baking? “No,” says Danielle Newton, Founder and Co-owner of PureTAN and Pure Moisture Coconut Body (puretan.com.au). “Coconut oil has a multitude of uses: it can be applied as a nail and cuticle oil, a hair mask or as a face moisturiser. It also has anti-microbial properties, which can help treat eczema and nappy rash,” she says. Newton adds, “Coconut oil, which is rich in natural anti-oxidants, is a great all-over moisturiser for all skin types.” And, the best part? It provides a deeper level of hydration without clogging pores. We love PureTan’s Moisture Organic Extra Virgin 100% Coconut Oil and C Coconut Water.