What it is
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil is an oil obtained by the kernels of Coconut. It is rich in vitamins and fatty acids.
What it does
Coconut oil moisturizes and softens the skin. It is easily absorbed.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid (a fatty acid) and has therefore anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Pure virgin coconut oil is good for eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Coconut oil is also great for your hair. It penetrates the hair and therefore provides great conditioning. It also helps cure dandruff. Pure coconut oil works better than a watered down product.
Coconut oil also helps protect against the sun rays. It can block out about 20% of UV rays, so you should still use your sunscreen with it.
Coconut oil also has good cleansing properties.
Coconut oil can clog pores.
Allergic reactions are rare, but can occur.