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Go nuts for coconut; It's a tropical fruit that's great for many things. Kim Jones discovers some of the best coconut oil beauty products.

NO WONDER everyone is loving coconut oil at the moment. Not only is it great for hair, skin and even teeth, it's an intensive moisturiser with antibacterial properties.

Celeb fans include the Kardashian sisters and actresses Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow, who take their make-up off with the stuff. You can also use coconut oil for baking and rehydrate with its water.

So it's no surprise sales of coconut products are on the up - Holland & Barrett reported a 64 per cent increase in sales of coconut products this year.

IT'S BODY CONSCIOUS "COCONUT oil, whether used alone or as part of a body oil, lotion or scrub, leaves a silky feel and keeps skin smooth, elastic and hydrated, thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids and proteins," says Odylique skincare expert Margaret Weeds.

And because of its molecular structure, it's easily absorbed.

To keep skin flake free, lavish your body with Marks & Spencer's Nature's Ingredients Coconut Body Butter, PS7, or try Palmer's Coconut Oil Bodycare range, right, which includes a Body Lotion, PS4, and Body Oil, PS7, nationwide.

For problem dry skin, try Janjira Therapy Massage Oil Candle (PS30, janjira.co.uk). Once lit, the wax melts into a coconut and soybean massage oil you work into elbows and heels.

Or use a pure, virgin coconut oil - it comes solid at room temperature but warms and melts on body contact. We like organic Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil (PS11.99, jasonnaturalcare.co.uk).

...AND KIND TO SKIN USED in a facial moisturiser, its natural antioxidants help combat ageing by preventing free radical damage.

"It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which can help to treat acne and eczema," says Janjira skincare expert Katie Torade.

Try Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Day and Night Creams, PS8.79 each, Holland & Barrett.

If you have skin prone to redness, try non-irritating Living Nature Sensitive Day and Night Moisture, left (both PS26.50, botanical brands.com). They blend coconut oil with a New Zealand harakeke flax plant gel.

CLEAN UP "COCONUT oil is a great cleanser because it's easily removed, clears congested pores and isn't greasy, plus it contains around 50 per cent lauric acid, an antimicrobial fatty acid," says Weeds.

For the face, try Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser (PS18, odylique.co.uk). It's designed for sensitive skin and the oil helps break down waterproof mascara.

In the shower, we love hydrating skin polish Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub, PS25, with poppy seeds and sugar to exfoliate. Jason's Smoothing Coconut Body Wash, right (PS9.99, jasonnaturalcare.co.uk), comes in a huge 887ml bottle and is recommended for very dry skin.

Of course, you can always lie back and bathe in coconut oil so your skin is soaked with intense, skin-healthy nutrients. We like Bomb Cosmetics Coconut Groove Bubble Bath, left (PS7.99, bombcosmetics.co.uk), and the luxe Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath, right (PS32, urbanretreat.co.uk).

HYDRATING FOR HAIR COCONUT oil penetrates the hair shaft easily because of its small molecular structure.

"This means it can hydrate and soften hair, preventing breakage and reducing protein loss," says celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford. "It's also great for scalp health as it has soothing and cooling properties."

Try Stafford's new Coco Loco range, including a shampoo, left, conditioner, mask, blow-dry lotion and balm, from PS5.99, Boots.

For an intensive conditioning treatment, warm some Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil, right, PS12, Holland & Barrett, then comb through hair and leave in overnight.

Coconut water also hydrates your hair and thanks to its potassium, calcium and proteins, it leaves your locks stronger. Try Superdrug's Coconut Water haircare range - shampoo, conditioner and masque, PS3.99 each.

WHITEN TEETH OIL pulling - that's pulling, pushing and sucking coconut oil through teeth - is said to help lift off stains and whiten. It's antibacterial too.

"Bacteria in the mouth are covered with a lipid membrane. When it comes into contact with coconut oil, they naturally adhere to each other," explains nutritionist Alex Thompson.

Try Cocowhite, below left, coconut oil sachets with a minty flavouring (PS19.99 for two-week supply, cocowhite.com).

MAKE-UP YOUR MIND MORE and more make-up products are incorporating coconut oil and water in their formulas.

We like the nourishing Proto-Col Studio Touch Foundation with coconut oil, right (PS14.95, proto-col.com).

Look for eyeshadows containing coconut oil to nourish the skin on your eyelids so they don't look crepey.

Try Marks & Spencer's Limited Collection Quads, PS7.50, and The Body Shop's Colour Crush Eyeshadows, PS7 each.

Neals Yard Remedies Lengthening Mascara (PS16, nealsyardremedies.com) and Stila's Stay all Day Waterproof Volumising Mascara (PS15, stila.co.uk) contain coconut oil, which helps soften, protect and smooth lashes.

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