Coconut oil is to some Asian cultures as Olive oil is to some Mediterranean cultures. Coconut oil is used extensively in cooking, especially in the Philippines and Thailand. It has been used to make everything from deodorant to furniture polish. The oil is mostly composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It's rich in antioxidants and aids in fighting free-radicals, and many have used the oil for its benefits to health and beauty.
For skin, Coconut oil is a superb moisturizer that delivers moisture to the deepest layers of the skin. In doing so it helps to strengthen those underlying tissues, and Coconut oil also aids in cell turn-over, which means it helps the body naturally exfoliate and keep skin fresh.
For hair, coconut oil does a similar job delivering moisture to the hair shaft and to the roots of the hair. This in turn makes hair shinier and healthier.