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Ever wonder why people living in tropical climates tend to be so attractive? It could be the coconuts. Not only do coconuts and coconut milk serve as food staples in many parts of the world, they are also used medicinally and to enhance beauty. Coconuts are antioxidant-rich and filled with beneficial nutrients, which may just prompt you to create your own facial cleansers and moisturizers with coconut milk. Now who couldn't go just a little nuts about that?
What's So Great About Coconuts?
Within each coconut is an impressive array of minerals and vitamins, including potassium, vitamins A and E and calcium. Another important component in coconuts and coconut milk is lauric acid, a natural immunity booster that has antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It raises resistance to disease and infection whether applied externally or ingested. The saturated fats in coconuts, meanwhile, combat cardiovascular disease.
How Coconut Milk Benefits Your Skin
In addition to having such an impressive nutrient profile, coconuts, their oil and their milk all contain special lipids called medium-chain fatty acids. When consumed, these elements rev up the metabolism, helping to turn fat into energy. These same fatty acids smooth away wrinkles and firm sagging skin by helping cells in your skin retain moisture and increase their youthful elasticity. Coconuts' antibacterial qualities clean the skin's pores and fight microbes that cause acne.
Making a Facial Cleanser With Coconut Milk
A facial cleanser containing coconut milk may help your skin feel smoother and firmer. Combine 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin with 1/2 cup coconut milk and the contents of a vitamin E capsule, or (or 1/4 tsp. vitamin E oil. Mix well and pour into a clean container or jar with a lid. Apply this cleansing milk with a cloth or sponge to your face. Massage it in for a minute or two and rinse with warm water.
Making a Moisturizer With Coconut Milk
Warm 5 oz. coconut milk and 5 oz. coconut water in a double boiler over low heat. Remove it from the heat before it simmers. In the microwave, melt 1 oz. cocoa butter and 1 oz. natural beeswax for about 30 seconds until liquefied. Stir the beeswax mixture, then add 4 oz. extra virgin coconut oil, along with the coconut milk and water. Stir in 1/4 tsp. vitamin E oil and allow the coconut moisturizer to cool before using. Store it in a glass container with a lid.