Melinda Kerr shares her beauty secrets

Kerr attributes her blemish-free skin and glossy hair to this oil. “I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.” Her endorsement has got women scurrying out to stock up on coconut oil.

Coconut tree, also called the tree of life in the Caribbean islands, has been used for centuries in India for traditional remedies. Once again, science proves that tradition is right. It is a known fact that coconut oil gives you beautiful hair, but a lesser known fact is that, in south India, coconut is also a very popular skincare ingredient.

A unique property of coconut is that it is rich in medium chain fatty acids ( lauric acid) which makes it an a potent anti- inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. This is the reason why it has gained popularity with people keen on losing weight. A study published in the journal Lipids found that women with high belly fat, who consumed coconut oil while following a low- calorie diet and walk almost an hour a day lowered belly fat.