While we’ve praised coconut oil over and over again, let’s not forget about its equally impressive sibling: coconut milk. We often throw it into smoothies, curry, or soups, but did you know it has a slew of beauty benefits too?
With its high healthy fat content, protein, and vitamin E, coconut milk nourishes the skin and hair [source]. It has also been shown to have potent antioxidant activity, which protects our cells’ DNA from damage [source].
These are some of our favorite ways to use it in our beauty regimen:
11 Beauty Uses for Coconut Milk
1. Homemade honey face wash
This 3-ingredient face wash is moisturizing and zit-zapping. We doubt you’ll ever go back to store-bought again.
2. Probiotic rose skin cleanser
This soothing cleanser made with rosewater cleanser is beneficial for all skin types, but especially acne-prone, thanks to the addition of probiotics. For the coconut milk, be sure to use the creamy part, not the watery liquid.
3. Leave-in conditioner spray
One of the beauty uses of coconut milk is to help nourish and hydrate hair while also promoting growth.
4. Dandruff shampoo
This shampoo fights dandruff with tea tree oil, coconut milk, and vegetable glycerin.
5. pH-balanced shampoo
Learn how to make a shampoo with honey and coconut milk that gently cleanses and balances your scalp’s pH, removes dead skin cells, and nourishes hair. Coconut milk conditions the hair while gently detangling.
6. Hydrating coconut milk hair mask
Coconut milk not only detangles unruly hair, but it also boosts moisture from scalp to end. Combined with a protein-packed egg, this mask will retain shine while conditioning hair.
For Bath & Body:
7. Pre-tan piña colada scrub
Prepare your skin for tanning with this tropical scented scrub made with coconut milk, ground rice, and ginger.
8. Soothing cucumber lotion
If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, cool down with this cucumber, coconut milk, and aloe healing lotion.
9. Lavender chamomile bath soak
Cleopatra loved to soak in a milk bath. This recipe switches up regular milk for coconut milk, giving skin a major moisturizing boost. The addition of lavender gives this bath soak a calming effect, which works as a remedy against insomnia on those nights when you just can’t seem to fall asleep.
10. Coconut milk body wash
This body wash utilizes coconut milk’s creaminess, does amazing things for the skin, and it smells delightful!
11. Piña colada foot soak
Combine coconut milk with pineapple for a relaxing foot soak that softens skin and pampers tired feet.
What are your favorite ways to use coconut milk?
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.568
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