Every gal can appreciate a great beauty product, but there are also great ways to nourish skin and treat hair with items right in your kitchen and in your fridge. We've told you about the benefits of olive oil, so get ready to add coconut oil to your grocery-shopping list.

If you find yourself getting caught up and confused in the skin and hair hype of the latest beauty products, organic coconut oil is a great go-to when you don't know which brand to turn to. This stuff has been used for centuries and there are several reasons why.

Coconut oil is a medium chain composition of triglycerides. Its chemical makeup makes it a unique natural fatty acid that works wonders in the beauty benefit department. For skin, applying coconut oil daily as a topical treatment not only helps to deliver hydration, but can also alleviate common skin problems.

Dry, irritated skin, sunburn, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and bug bites are all soothed and treated with a little organic coconut oil. Thanks to its antifungal and antiviral properties, many of skin's blemishes are treatable with it. What's more, a daily dose of this natural elixir can also be a great help in the fight against aging, as it has been proven to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And the list of benefits doesn't stop there.

For longer, stronger tresses apply coconut oil to your hair too. As nature's original conditioner, women of all hair types can apply this to their locks and not have to worry about reading the back of the jar, searching for any additional chemicals and/or dyes. Coconut oil can also be used as leave in conditioner for natural hair as well. The rich fatty acids will protect hair from dandruff; enrich your tresses with proteins, and leave it super shiny!

So a couple tips before you head to buy your coconut oil jar. Choose organic virgin coconut oil to avoid any additional ingredients that can diminish the effectiveness of this natural beauty agent. When you purchase your coconut oil, it will likely be white and solid to semi-solid in form. To apply to skin and hair, place the jar in warm water for a few minutes first, to loosen and liquify the consistency. Then you're all set to begin softening skin and strengthening hair. Happy nourishing!

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