Nuts may come of various sizes and from the most exotic places in the world but even then the humble coconut continues to be one of the most popular choices. The nut that keeps on giving; from flesh carved off its shell to oil extracted from its meat, coconuts are all-rounders in the kitchen, beauty and wellness sphere. Like the water, cream and more that it gives, coconut milk is also one of its incredible byproducts. And we don't only mean to whip up tasty curries. Coconut milk is loaded with properties that make it extremely beneficial for the hair and skin too. On the occasion of Coconut Day 2020, we're discussing the sometimes forgotten byproduct of coconut milk and how adding it to your beauty routine can lend you with nourished hair and moisturised skin.
How Is Coconut Milk Made
Mature coconuts are cracked open and its white flesh that is firm to the touch is removed manually or automatically using an extracting device. The grated flesh is blended with water and then strained to form coconut milk. The process of making coconut milk is done industrially and can be done in one's kitchen as well, which makes it so accessible.
Properties Of Coconut Milk
Besides being a vegan alternative to dairy milk, there are a number of reasons why coconut milk has escalated to popularity. Many of them come down to what's inside every glass of it.
Coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs which can stimulate heat production.
It is a source of saturated fats, manganese, copper, magnesium and iron.
It contains lauric acid, which the body converts to monolaurin.
It also contains medium-chain fatty acids such as capric acid and caprylic acid.
Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Milk For Hair And Skin
Lauric acid within coconut milk is converted into monolaurin, which has antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
It is also antimicrobial which allows it to fight infection and prevent bacterial build-up.
Packed with fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, coconut milk imparts moisture, treats skin conditions and reduces dryness.
How To Use Coconut Milk For Skin And Hair
Coconut Milk Face Mask
Combine 2 tablespoons of coconut milk with 3 drops of almond oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply on your face, let it dry completely and wash after 30 minutes. It will rejuvenate dull, dry skin.
Coconut Milk Hair Pack
Blend half cup of coconut milk with half an avocado and 2 tablespoons of honey until it is a smooth pulp. Apply on lengths, tips and then massage into roots. Leave for 2-3 hours minimum and wash off with warm water. The extremely hydrating mask with soften hair and tame frizz.
Coconut Milk Beauty For Hair And Skin
If you aren't up for DIY face packs and hair masks, pick these coconut milk beauty products instead.
(Also Read: 4 DIY Coconut Milk Remedies for Beautiful Hair)
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