It seems the UK, London especially, has turned into a tropical climate over the last week so it’s not surprising we’ve been a little obsessed with the wonders of coconut! (Hey, it does feel like we’re in the Caribbean!). Apart from coconuts having a wonderful association with dessert islands and glistening blue oceans, we love its ability to nourish the body in so many different ways. If there’s ever a season to get the most out of coconuts, it’s definitely summer! Hip & Healthy shows you why!

If you’re looking for something that’s going to give you baby-soft skin and a summer glow to die for, you cannot beat coconut oil as a natural moisturiser for the skin. It’s super nourishing, plus you’ll also smell heavenly!

Hair Saviour
Is your hair feeling dry and brittle from too much sun or chlorine? Then grab a tub of coconut oil and bung it in your shower. Coconut oil makes for fantastic hair masks, which will leave your locks feeling silky smooth and luscious. It’s also great to use as a conditioner and even to moisturise dry ends after a long day at the beach!

Makeup Remover
The heat can make your skin quite sensitive so when you feel like you need a break from your regular makeup remover, give coconut oil a go. It gently strips away makeup and dirt without causing aggravation, particularly around the eye area.

I know it’s been said over and over, but coconut water really is one of the best drinks you can have for staying hydrated in hot weather. It’s loaded with electrolytes like sodium and is a great pick-me-up after a workout or long haul flight.

Speaking of flying…Lets face it, the air con on planes is pretty strong and it can really dry out your skin. Not helpful for achieving that coveted summer glow! Many celebs like to use coconut water as a hydrating facial toner to smooth the skin and give it a surge of moisture while travelling. We’re totally on board with that! (Pun not intended!)

Forget store bought scrubs…why not make your own? Simply melt some coconut oil and mix in some brown sugar (quantity depending on how gritty you want it to be), and massage away! It’s a super easy and cost effective way to exfoliate, just be careful not to eat it!

After Sun Lotion
Feeling a little bit sore or just want to refresh your skin after a day in the sun? Applying coconut oil can help cool and calm your skin and has been know to significantly reduce the appearance and pain of minor burns. Just when you thought coconut oil couldn’t get any better it becomes a natural alternative to after sun lotion!

words by Molly Jennings