If you want to keep your newly firm face or body in tip top condition or simply want to retain the suppleness of your skin then coconut oil could be the answer. Browse any social media site at the moment and you will be bombarded by reasons by you cannot afford to live without this aromatic oil in your life but if you’re not a fan of Facebook or Twitter, here is all the information you need.

Following on from trends of using coconut milk and water on the skin, coconut oil is undoubtedly the natural product of the moment. Its natural appeal has won it many fans and experts say that it can deliver the highly effective moisturising results of mineral oil – only better. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to improve hydration while leaving the skin surface lipids intact.

It is ideal for use on all areas of the face and body and has even been shown to improve the suppleness and appearance of fissured and scaly feet and leathery and rough knees and elbows much more effectively than regular moisturisers. It is also being recommended as an effective treatment for chronic skin conditions, including eczema. As well as moisturising dry skin, coconut oil is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which have been linked to antioxidants like polyphenols, and boasts an antibacterial action. A recent study of topical treatments for youngsters with eczema found that coconut oil was more effective than mineral oil. Almost half of all of the patients involved in the study gave an excellent response after using the coconut product, compared to less than 20 per cent of the children who had the mineral oil applied.

Its benefits to eczema sufferers, and anyone needing an effective moisturiser, lie with its composition of medium-chain fatty acids contained within its saturated fats. These help with the repair of the skin barrier to enable the effective trapping of water, leading to both hydrating and anti-inflammatory effects. It also has the benefit of being able to quench free radicals thanks to compounds including p-coumaric and ferulic acids.

It can be spread liberally all over the body at night or just a few drops spread gently around the eye area before bed can have the effect of reducing the signs of aging or tiredness. However, the benefits of this sweet smelling oil are not just confined to treating the skin or making people think of lazy days spent lying on a beautiful beach. It has also been shown to be a highly effective hair and scalp conditioner and leave-in treatment, being able to penetrate the shaft of the hair and reduce protein loss. It seems that this is a treatment for all people, although acne sufferers should be more careful with the amount they use as it could make their issues worse rather than better.