Skin care products are always changing, and new products are constantly surfacing. Sometimes, these new products stem from natural products that have been around forever. This is the case with coconut water.
Coconut offers so many benefits and different uses, and now coconut water is becoming a popular beauty tool. While most people think of coconut as it pertains to smell and taste, it seems that there are other benefits, as well. These benefits come from all parts of the coconut, but we are going to focus on the water from a coconut.
Beauty gurus go back and forth on this topic; some say that this fruit water works wonders for the skin, while others say there have been no proven benefits. This may leave you a little unsettled if you feel unsure. Luckily, you will feel much better about your knowledge by the end of this article.
Benefits of Coconut Water For Skin
The benefits of this fruity water are endless and the uses for skin care are plentiful. Whether you are looking for a topical remedy or you are looking for benefits from drinking the water, there are plenty of benefits for both. With a breakdown to follow, some of the benefits include:
- Improves overall skin health
- Curbs skin irritation and inflammation
- Contains antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties
- Prevents and treats acne
- Slows down and reduces the effects of aging
- Contains electrolytes
Improves Overall Skin Health
Using coconut oil or water topically offers a wide array of skin benefits and remedies. Because of this, your skin will have fewer blemishes from acne, dry skin, and aging.
Consuming the water, on the other hand, will allow your skin to appear more hydrated and healthy. Applying it topically and also consuming the fruit water on a regular basis will provide all of the benefits from both categories. Essentially, you’ll be glowing.
Moisturizing your skin is one of the most important steps of a skin care routine, and coconut is perfect for that. You can use the water on oily skin as a light moisturizer that won’t add excess oils.
Curbs Skin Irritation and Inflammation
If you find yourself with a small rash or scrape on your skin, this water can help ease any irritation. This also means that if you had an acne breakout, you can apply it to the blemishes to help heal them. Additionally, the redness from acne will be reduced.
You can apply the water directly to your skin, or you can use it as a wash in the shower. This method prevents infection from occurring, as well.
Prevents and Treats Acne
While it was just mentioned that applying the water to your skin can reduce the redness and irritation of acne, the water also prevents and heals the acne. This multi-purpose water has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. All of those properties help prevent and heal acne breakouts.
Slows Down and Reduces The Effects Of Aging
Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining a youthful appearance. Since this water contains electrolytes, it hydrates your body while offering other skin care benefits. This water also contains vitamins C, B, and K, as well as zinc, iodine, selenium, and manganese. All of these essential vitamins provide the means to reduce the effects of aging.
As mentioned before, this water contains a large number of electrolytes. The electrolytes offer benefits to your skin through a topical application as well as through consumption.
When you drink this fruity beverage, you are replenishing the electrolytes needed to maintain healthy skin and keep your body hydrated. There is no sugar and additives in many types of coconut water, so you can avoid the unhealthy aspects of sports drinks. You do have to make sure that the fruit water you are buying is free from those unhealthy ingredients, however.
Another beauty benefit of the electrolytes in this water is that it can improve the appearance and feel of your hair and skin if you wash with coconut water. While it improves your skin and hair, it also leaves an amazing scent that will linger throughout the day. When you use the water on your hair and skin, you have to make sure that you have chosen a sugar-free option.
Ways to Use Coconut Water For Skin
As a Cleanser
When using it as a cleanser, you should rinse your face with the fruit water before rinsing it with plain water. While you are rinsing with the fruit water you should also gently rub it into your skin in a circular motion.
As a Moisturizer
It almost seems tedious to wash off your coconut cleanser just to re-apply it as a moisturizer, but it is necessary. When you use it as a cleanser, it picks up all the dirt, oil, and bacteria that were on your skin’s surface and in your pores. If you left that on your face, you wouldn’t be helping your skin care routine at all.
Since you do have to wash it off when using it as a cleanser, when it comes time to moisturize, you simply apply fresh fruit water to your skin. To do this, you should gently rub it into your skin but, different from when cleansing, you should rub it in an upward and outward motion. So, for most of your face, you would gently rub it up toward your temples.
It is important to remember that you should only apply a thin layer to your skin when using it as a moisturizer.
As a Make-Up Remover
You may not even need any other product in your skin care line up, because coconut oil or water also works as a make-up remover. It is all-natural and gentle on your skin and eyes, but effectively removes all traces of makeup. Plus, it is an easy process as you will simply apply it to a cotton ball and gently wipe off your makeup.
As a Face Mask
When you apply it as a face mask, you will apply it a little more thickly than when using it as a cleanser and moisturizer. Simply dab the water on your face with your fingers, avoiding rubbing it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse off with plain, warm water.
As an Acne Treatment
As with the others, you will apply this directly to your face. Only instead of applying it to your entire face, you only apply it to the acne. Then, you will leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
This method is all natural and will heal your acne while also moisturizing and preventing future acne. You have to be extra careful about making sure the fruit water is sugar-free, or you could make the acne worse.
As a Skin Toner
This is where the fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear. With consistent use of this all-natural toner, you may notice a decrease in the lines on your face. A toner tightens your skin and, since coconut has so many nutrients, it offers more benefits to your skin than a regular store-bought toner would.
Are There Any Negatives?
With all of the benefits of coconut water for skin, you may be wondering if there are any negative aspects to this water. Surprisingly, the answer to that is yes.
While this water offers a multitude of benefits with seemingly no consequences, it turns out that too much of a good thing can be bad for the body. Since coconuts contain potassium, you have to be careful to not ingest too much of this nutrient.
If you are only using the water topically, this won’t be an issue for you. If you are drinking the water, however, you have to be aware of how much you can safely consume. Too much potassium can cause both serious and uncomfortable health concerns including:
- upset stomach
- burning or tingling sensation
- paralysis (on very rare occasion)
- decreased blood pressure
- heart murmor
Final Thoughts On If Coconut Water Is Good For Skin
This water is lightweight and all natural (as long as you make sure to get the kind that is free of additives), so there will be no long-term effects to using it on your skin.
So, the verdict is in. Coconut water does appear to be good for the skin. Using coconut water for skin offers many benefits to your skin, and you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the same time.
With all of the proven benefits of coconut water for skin, you may want to make it a normal part of your skin routine immediately. It is easy to find, easy to use, and you may even have some at home already. Another added bonus is that it’ll leave your skin smelling great.