Coconuts are well loved by sports nuts and health advocates. It is the new hot health drink, quite literally, because it’s extremely thirst-quenching during summer time! Coconut water is one of the few beverages where you’re not too sure to decide if it is beneficial as a refreshing drink or as a beauty advantage. In Hawaii, coconut water is called “Noelani” which carries the meaning of “Dew from the Heavens”.
Drinking coconut water is not only refreshing, but contains heaps of good nutritional value. If it isn’t summer time in your country, you could still get coconut water which are readily available fresh from health food outlets in pre-packaged form for years, making it popular for its portability, lightweight and while still packing the nutritional punch without the extra additives or sugar. For instance, some brands like Vita Coco, Biona, Zico, Harmless Harvest use only 100% natural coconut water. For many, coconut water is the go-to drink after a workout session since it is great for rehydration.
Aside from providing health benefits, coconut water too has beauty-enhancing qualities. Here below are the time-tested beauty uses of coconut water for your everyday routine.
1. Perfect Skin
The application of coconut water has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin for those with acne, scars and blemishes. This not only clears up your skin but adds skin moisture when consumed orally, and removes a large amount of facial oil. Beauty products such as facial creams, shampoos, and hand moisturizers that contain coconut extract are said to be more effective.
2. Combat skin infections
Some people are extra prone to skin infections due to the humid weather or types of food they consume. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut water will help increase the healing process of the irritant skin. A great way to do this would be mixing your bathing water with coconut water several times on for a few days.
3. Removes sun tan
Did you know that coconut water is one of the simplest natural remedies to remove the unwanted beach tans? All you need to do is mix up coconut water and fuller’s earth (a clay type material that is able to decolorize liquids without chemical treatment) and apply it onto the tanned areas of your skin. This will help vanish the sun tan over time through regular routine application.
4. Eases frizzy hair
Frizzy hair can be a real annoyance if maintenance isn’t kept well. Even hair conditioner wouldn’t do the job for stubborn hair types. Getting treated at the salon is not only costly but services like rebonding and hair-relaxing actually damages the hair further due to high heat transfer. Strangely, coconut water can do wonders do your hair, for less cost and all natural! To get silkier smooth hair, just massage your scalp and hair with coconut water until fully absorbed. This helps with strengthening brittle hairs such as split ends and increases the health of your hair for longer periods.
5. Prevents itchy scalp and dandruff
Let’s face it, it’s not appealing to so obviously notice dandruff flakes sitting on your shoulders, especially with black clothing on. As earlier mentioned above about anti-bacterial properties which aids skin infection, this too will help ease scalp itches and dandruff removal. Applying coconut water onto the scalp is a natural solution to increase the moisture on your scalp, hence preventing the formation of dandruff.
6. Cooling face pack
You too can achieve a flawless and smoother complexion with this easy-to-do face pack. All you need is coconut water, turmeric powder, and red sandalwood paste. It only takes a few seconds to mix these up to pamper yourself in the most natural way ever!
7. Improves blood circulation
Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium and they are super beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It is also effective in conducting proper blood circulation in the body by allowing the skin to breathe in oxygen, leading to a healthier and brighter complexion.
8. Skin Toner
Do you have trouble getting rid of unwanted blackheads? Coconut water with a splash of pineapple juice acts as a great skin toner to help aid the removal of blackheads and gives you a clear radiant glow. It also removes excess dirt and restores the natural PH balance of your skin. Not to mention that using coconut water as a clarifying agent will improve your skin tone as well. Definitely versatility at its best!
9. Dark Circles Reduction
Slept all night and yet these horrible dark circles won’t go away? Dab on some coconut water and cucumber juice mix on your dark circles, then rest over cucumber slices on your eyes for a few minutes. This not only clears dark circles but puts you in zen mode and deep relaxation.
10. Skin Whitener
Skin whitening... really now? Well yes, it’s really effective! The recipe for this is a piece of cake - coconut water, fresh cucumber juice and milk. Mix them up and apply the mixture onto your face for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Did you know that drinking coconut water during pregnancy helps improve your unborn baby’s skin? Coconut water is that great.
Aside from the benefits of external application of coconut water, sometimes coconut water from the shelves may contain extra sugar if not unflavoured. So bear in mind to consume coconut water in moderation and to check labels (if any) to avoid any extra calories and unnecessary intake in sugar, even though we all know how delicious the taste of it is. Drink them raw and natural is the best way to go though it is best consumed when the coconut is less than five months old, or your taste buds will experience an unpleasant bittery taste.