4 Beauty Uses for Coconut Milk: Coconut Beauty Recipes for Skin and Hair

  • Published on October 28th, 2014

4 DIY Beauty Uses for Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is loaded with minerals that are good for skin and hair. Try some of these DIY beauty uses for coconut milk.

Besides being a tasty addition to recipes, coconut milk, in moderation, is a wonderful partner in natural-lifestyle crime.  High in magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium and a creamy, dreamy addition to beauty products, coconut milk is where it’s at.

Before we get to the beauty uses for coconut milk, let’s talk about  those nutrients.

Magnesium maintains your nerve function and promotes a regular heartbeat.  It keeps your blood pressure in check (high-five!) and helps your immune system work it.  Phosphorus and calcium help maintain bone health and phosphorus is good for your digestive functionality.  I should also say here that, while canned coconut milk is super-convenient and perfectly acceptable, it’s going to contain fewer of those fab nutrients and you may run the risk of a BPA-infested can.  You can make your own coconut milk, though, and avoid worry.  Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

4 Beauty Uses for Coconut Milk

To get the benefits of coconut milk, you want to choose the full fat version. Light coconut milk or the sort that comes in a box next to the soy and almond milks are fine for cooking. For our purposes, though, you want all of that good coconut fat.

1. Make a coconut milk hair mask.

Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, commonly found in breast milk, which is helpful as a converted antibacterial element and helps in reducing protein loss.

To make the coconut hair mask: Puree a banana, a tablespoon of honey, and a couple of strawberries, adding coconut milk by the tablespoon until you reach the consistency of hair conditioner. Apply the mask to dry hair, then wash away after 20 minutes.

2. Make a 2-ingredient makeup remover.

Combine equal parts extra virgin olive oil and coconut milk and gently massage into your face with a washcloth.  Rinse and enjoy your lovely makeup-free face!

3. Wash your face with a coconut milk scrub.

Make a relaxing facial cleanser. Combine 2 cups white clay, 1 cup finely ground oats, 1/4 cup finely ground almonds, 1/8 cup finely ground lavender, and 1/8 cup finely ground roses. Add enough coconut milk to make a paste, then use the mixture as a gentle facial scrub.

4. Mix up a coconut milk body scrub.

Mix up some simple body scrub (equal parts coconut milk and sugar of choice, with some room for a spoonful or two of oil of choice, if you wish) for smooth, soft skin. Just massage onto dry areas of your skin while you’re in the bath or shower, then rinse away.

A version of this article originally ran at Feelgood Style. Republished here with permission; coconut milk photo via Shutterstock.


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  • Joanne Frangou

    Do you have to refrigerate the coconut scrubs?

    • hey Joanne- I would definitely refrigerate those with coconut milk, since it can go bad quickly. If that seems too daunting, you could also substitute coconut oil for the third and fourth recipes for a fridge-free beauty routine. Thanks for reading! -adb

  • sekeena

    do you have to refrigerate the body scrub and how long does it last?