OPINION: Following a Harvard professor this week calling coconut oil "pure poison", I got to thinking: 'If not coconut, then what?' You could be forgiven for being confused over choosing the best oil to cook with. 'Coconut oil is pure poison' - Harvard medical professor The surprising food that's good for you Doubts over coconut oil health benefits I always remember my Grandma cooking with lard, cutting a piece off the block to melt in the frying pan. My Mum is a fan of margarine, for both cooking and baking. Me, I'm all about olive oil, extra virgin for salads and dressings, light for cooking and baking. It's mainly unsaturated fat, and stands up well to a high heat. But I won't be throwing out the coconut oil quite yet, despite our fears being raised again by a Harvard professor calling it poisonous. While unsaturated fats commonly come from plants, in the case of coconut oil it's mostly saturated fat, around 87 percent. To put it in context butter is 51 percent … [Read more...] about Opinion: If coconut oil is ‘poison’ then what should you use?
Putting coconut oil in your hair
DEPENDING on who is waxing lyrical, coconut oil is either a miracle superfood or a fatty substance to be avoided. From easing painful sunburn to helping give you glossy hair, these are all the benefits - and downsides - you need to know about. What is coconut oil? It is made from the flesh of a matured coconut - which is normally solid at room temperature, although it may melt in the summer months. There are two types. Refined: a cheaper oil without the strong taste of coconuts. Virgin or extra virgin: a higher quality oil. Is coconut oil bad for you? Coconut oil as a beauty treatment is said to be bad for the skin, clogging up pores. Speaking to Glamour Magazine, Dr Alexandrides founder of London-based brand 111Skin, said: "[Coconut oil is] an occlusive moisturiser and so hydrates by trapping moisture beneath the skin and essentially clogging pores; because of this, if you suffer from or have acne-prone skin it can often do more harm than good." As for consumption, … [Read more...] about Is coconut oil bad for you, how is it used to treat hair and skin, does it help your tan, and which celebrities use it?
If you weren't living under a rock, you'll have heard of coconut oil. You can't open a cookbook, enjoy a beauty treatment or read-up about your health without stumbling upon something about the benefits of the stuff. Whiter teeth, youthful skin, a trim figure, it promises all this and more. But one thing it definitely works wonders on is your hair. And the best bit if all? It doesn't cost hundreds of pounds, is completely natural and there are tons of easy to get hold of products that include the 'wonder ingredient in the shops. Supermodel Miranda Kerr claims she can't live without it and actress-turned-Goop lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it. Blake Lively , another celebrity fan who's famous for her golden tresses, says her mum was the one who told her to put coconut oil on the ends of her hair when it got dry. The wonder product does wonders for split ends and leaves hair full and lustrous. Lucy Buckingham, the face of Lucy Bee Raw Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil told us, … [Read more...] about The natural wonder product for hair that celebs can’t get enough of
People's hair grows at varying speeds. On average, it about half an inch a month. You might want to speed things up? Maybe you feel the need for a boost in length, want to grow it out to restyle it, or just crave a little more volume and pazazz. There are lots of things that damage hair. Products, styling, colouring, poor maintenance, a bad diet. What can you do to ensure your hair is healthy and growing as quickly as possible? First, we should understand hair. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control, hair grows at an average of 0.50 inches (1.25cm) per month. This equates to about six inches per year, which sounds a lot. Genetics play a huge factor. Hair, ultimately, is uncontrollable. If you're going bald, say goodbye. Those who aren't, read on. Taking good hair of your hair, removing split ends and keeping good care of it, all help to see hair flourish. Hair grows by protein feeding follicles. You need good, steady blood flow and plenty of nutrients. Like plants. According … [Read more...] about How to make your hair grow faster – from what to eat to tricks
LUCY Mecklenburgh has revealed she regrets piling on the fake tan and bronzer during her Towie days - and said she and Sam Faiers went to "tragic" lengths to get the glow as school girls. The 26-year-old Essex girl shot to fame with the reality show, which documented her relationships with Mark Wright and former fiance Mario Falcone, when she was a teenager in 2010. "I don’t think there was a beauty regime when I was on Towie," Lucy, who's a new brand ambassador for Botanics, told The Sun Online. "I didn’t take any time for my skin when I was younger and it was a lot of make-up, not always taking it off at night." When asked what her biggest beauty blunder was, Lucy revealed: "Me and Sam Faiers used to use £1 fake tan wipes when we were at school and they were so tragic. "These make-up wipes they made you stink. I think fake tan in general. I like fake tan but it’s about building it up and not using such severe ones. Lucy's go-to products: Botanics All … [Read more...] about Towie’s Lucy Mecklenburgh reveals her secret weapon for boosting eyelashes and her biggest ever beauty disaster