5 Unexpected Ways to Use Coconut Milk in Your Beauty Routine
The beauty benefits found in coconuts, specifically in their milk, is nothing you haven’t already seen a million articles on. In a world where hot topics saturate your feed and your mind, I’m here to break it down in an easy and informative way, while also sharing some of my tips for incorporating coconut-milk into my beauty routine.
So let’s start with the facts: coconut-milk is extremely moisturizing and cleanses in a natural way. If you’re like me and struggle with both dry and oily skin at the same time, coconut-milk has shown to combat dryness without clogging pores. A lot of moisturizers are too heavy for my skin and cause my pores to pump more oil out than I want them too. According to Kristin Collins Jackson in a Bustle article, “the fatty acids that coconut milk is known for are naturally antiseptic and do not have a habit of clogging pores, meaning you can clean and hydrate your skin at the same time.” For years people have been using it to take off their make up, hydrate their sunburned skin and even treat their chronic eczema.
In the same regard, coconut-milk is great for treating dry and brittle hair too. I was talking to one of my friends who was complaining about her dry split ends, but was never inclined to use moisturizing treatments for fear they’d make her greasy. Coconut-milk is a great solution to this because it moisturizes without adding unwanted grease or oils. In fact, your scalp responds to dryness the same way your skin does, by generating more oils making you feel greasy and dry at the same time. (PS. that’s why wearing hats in the winter actually protects your hair from getting greasy!)
Aside from using coconut-milk topically, it also has major health benefits when ingested. Thanks to electrolytes and fatty acids, it hydrates you from the inside out (hello Sunday hangovers) and has been proven to increase heart and mind function. Studies are even coming out about how it can decrease the effects of Alzheimers. According to a Healthline article written by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE, “Coconut milk may reduce inflammation, decrease ulcer size and fight the viruses and bacteria that cause infections.”
So now let’s talk specifics… I am a huge fan of Vita Coco’s line of coconut-milk and am really excited to be working with them. My love for them is simple: their products are free from the bullshit. I’m talking no added sugars, no carrageenan (stabilizers), no soy, no gluten, the whooole nine yards. You guys know I’ve talked a bit about my hormone imbalances, so it’s really important to me that sugar and soy aren’t being snuck into the products I love. Vita Coco’s line of products are natural and straightforward, something I need and appreciate. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite ways to incorporate Vita Coco’s coconut-milk into beauty treatments:
Coconut-milk bath: I know you’re thinking that this sounds like a lot of work…but hear me out. According to a Bare Biology article, soaking in a coconut-milk bath for just 15 minutes, “will plump your skin and make it feel smooth and dewy.” Plump skin aka no wrinkles aka my dream come true.
Make-up remover: Every girl knows what it’s like to get home from a night out, lean over the sink and scrub your eye make up (and your sins) away. Products are either too harsh and leave my eyes red and dry, or not strong enough leaving a ton of make up behind. According to an article in Allure, cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta says, “Coconut solubilizes or breaks up water-resistant substances used in eye shadow and mascara, releasing them from the skin and lashes.” This works with coconut oil too!
Coconut-milk matcha avocado face mask: The milk moisturizes, the matcha decreases inflammation in the skin, and the avocado has been proven to treat acne in many. I love love love this mask and make it at home all the time!
2 tbsp coconut milk
1/2 tbsp matcha powder
4. Coconut-milk lip balm: winter is among us ladies (and gentlemen) and that means chapped lips! Combine coconut-milk, raw honey coconut oil and collagen. Freeze or refrigerate and apply to your lips for a natural and cheaper lip balm.
1 tsp Vita Coco coconut-milk
1 tsp raw honey
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 scoop collagen powder
5. Coconut-milk hair mask: Just the other day my hair stylist was going on and on about the benefits of a weekly hair mask. The one she was boasting about, of course, cost me an arm and a leg. So I decided to make my own and I am obsessed with the results. Just mix coconut-milk and essential oils, apply to your hair for 15-20 minutes and rinse in the shower. Do this once a week and watch the natural magic happen.