Uses for Coconut Milk in Skincare & Hair Care

Coconut milk has numerous uses for your hair and skin.

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There's plenty of hype circling around coconuts these days. The truth is, coconuts have a lot of utility. Their edible, yummy white meat is high in fiber while the water is rich in nutrients. Coconut derivatives -- coconut milk, cream, powder, butter -- can be placed in your kitchen pantry or your bathroom vanity. Buy coconut milk not just to add flavor to your food but to add bounce to your hair and healthy sheen to your skin.

What Is Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk derives from the white meat. It requires processing to obtain, before use as an organic beauty product. Coconut milk is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial liquid that cleanses hair and skin, according to CareFair.com, while providing nourishment in the form of lipids. Don't worry, though, the fat content won't seep into your skin to make you gain weight! However, if you have acne-prone or oily skin, coconut milk can make you prone to breakouts.

Coconut Milk Hair Care

The lipids in coconut milk nourish your hair and scalp while its antibacterial properties provide cleansing action. This makes your hair softer and shinier. A dry scalp causes dandruff, which decreases with the use of the milk. Look for full-fat coconut milk. Let it sit in the fridge until it solidifies enough for use in your tresses. Massage it into your scalp and along the length of your hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover it with a shower cap. Let the wholesome goodness of coconut milk soak in for an hour or two before washing your hair as usual. Do this once a week and your hair will look like a professional stylist worked his magic to make it glossy.

Get Soft Skin With Coconut Milk

If you walk into a pricey spa, you can opt to have a coconut cream body massage. Neither coconut milk nor cream is an expensive commodity, so try this luxurious beauty treatment at home. This is especially beneficial for people who have dry, itchy skin. Just make sure the mixture isn't too runny (either drain out the water or let sit it in the fridge) before using and massage it onto your skin in circular motion wherever needed. If you want to make it more fun, have your partner do it for you! Once you wash it off, your skin will give off a healthy glow and you'll smell luscious.

Looking for Coconut Milk Beauty Products

If you've enjoyed using coconut milk for DIY beauty treatments, look into purchasing coconut milk beauty products as well. There are unlimited options available -- lotions, body scrubs, face creams and even hydrating lip balms. To get the best bang for your buck, make sure to check the ingredients and verify that the product actually contains a significant amount of real coconut milk. Real coconut milk soothes sensitive skin, moisturizes dehydrated skin and performs a cleansing action.

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