Why Coconut Milk Is The Next Big Thing In Skin Care

Starbucks' decision to add coconut milk to its non-dairy lineup in 2015 was met by a roar of applause from the frappucino-drinking community. Suddenly, the options were seemingly endless — indulge in a coconut milk macchiato, add a splash into your daily latte, make it the base of your next mocha. Today, coconut milk is a mainstay in pretty much every grocery store, coffee shop, and soon, skin-care aisle.
Coconut oil and coconut water have already made their way into dozens of skin, makeup, and hair products. Coconut milk, on the other hand, which is derived from the white flesh of the fruit and lighter than oil, is just coming into its own.
Why? It has high levels of vitamin C, copper, and lauric acid, says board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner MD. "Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps promote collagen production and helps even skin tone, copper is an important co-factor for the production of healthy collagen, and lauric acid has antimicrobial properties." Because of this, coconut milk may be useful in treating a myriad of skin issues, including dandruff, dark spots, acne, and even wrinkles, the derm adds.
Apart from coconut milk's laundry list of skin benefits, products containing the ingredient tend to be insanely luxurious and deliciously scented — like a tropical spa retreat in a bottle. Ahead, check out six coconut milk-infused favorites.
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This lightweight lotion absorbs fast — so fast you can rub it on on a warm summer morning and throw on a silk dress five minutes later without worrying about it sticking.

St. Ives Soft and Silky Coconut and Orchid Body Lotion, $4.79, available at Target.
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Toss a few tablespoons of this powder into your bathwater and settle in for a long, relaxing soak. It's loaded with coconut milk and oils to soothe your skin, and it smells like sweet, creamy vanilla.

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak, $18, available at Herbivore Botanicals.
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Picking out a bar of soap seems pretty basic, right? Well, many soaps contain harsh surfactants that can strip your skin of its natural oils and leave you feeling dry post-shower. This one, however, features three variations of coconut (coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut shell powder) for a gentle cleanse that'll also slough off dead skin in the process. What's more, you can save $10 when you spend $50 or more at Walgreens.com when you pay with Visa Checkout*. We'll say yes to that.

Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Coconut Milk Bar Soap, $5.29, available at walgreens.com.

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This is one of those products you'll sneak a whiff of even if you're not in the shower washing your hair — it's that intoxicating. Plus, it's sulfate-free, so it doesn't leave our hair feeling dry and crispy.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This calming face mask is packed with shea butter, coconut milk, and cucumber extract. Reach for it whenever you need to take down inflammation or add some much-needed moisture.

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Mask, $12.99, available at CVS.
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And the winner for the most decadent scrub on shelves goes to... Laura Mercier. The creamy blend buffs away dry, dead, dull skin and leaves glowy, silky skin in its wake.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub, $50, available at Laura Mercier.
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Coconut milk, calendula oil, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 — these are just four of the hydrating heroes in this cream cleanser. It's a dream for those with dry skin, but a little too heavy for oily and combination types.

Éminence Coconut Milk Cleanser, $36, available at Dermstore.
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