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Have you heard? Coconuts are pretty awesome

Coconut oil devotee and supermodel Miranda Kerr
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Coconuts are having a moment. From the grocery store to the beauty counter, the coconut is getting a lot of attention for its numerous health and beauty benefits. Whether consumed or applied topically, this nutrient packed fruit can improve your well-being inside and out.

Coconut water, oil and milk have numerous beauty boosting properties among them. What’s the difference in these variations? Coconut water is the liquid inside the fruit (what you hear sloshing around inside), and coconut milk is a mixture of the water and the meat of the coconut. The oil is extracted from the matured meat contents.

Have a look at some of the ways coconut products can prepare you for summer.

Coconut Water
• Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, two important elements in cell growth and their regulation, which can slow the signs of aging skin. Drinking coconut water delivers these elements to skin and improves overall hydration.
• Coconut water may be applied topically to the skin as a moisturizer, or used as a face wash to prevent and clear acne.
• There is also numerous ways coconut water can contribute to healthy hair, including stimulating hair growth. Massage coconut water on the scalp and the hair daily. Leave for 20-25 minutes and then rinse with plain water. The nutrients and vitamins in the water will nourish the hair and scalp, and protect from environmental stresses.

Coconut Oil
• Often referred to as a “superfood,” coconut oil has a litany of health benefits, including infection prevention, seizure reduction and is an excellent source of good cholesterol.
• Coconut oil also a great addition to your skin care regimen. Commonly used as a moisturizer, coconut oil has also demonstrated sun-protection properties. Supermodel Miranda Kerr also recommends using coconut oil to remove eye makeup, especially if sensitive skin is a concern.
• Used as a hair mask or conditioner, coconut oil can also contribute to hair growth and increased shine.

Coconut Milk
• Cosmetic companies have also taken notice of nutrient-rich coconut milk. Brands like The Body Shop, Laura Mercier and Organix offer coconut milk based body lotions.
• Coconut milk may also be used as a sunburn treatment. Oils and fats in the milk reduce redness and restore moisture to the affected area. Apply a thin layer to the burn and leave overnight.
• Like coconut oil, coconut milk is loaded with proteins and can be used as a deep conditioner or mask for hair. To use as a mask, simply massage in, leave for 20 minutes then shampoo as usual.

This is only a small sample of the health and beauty benefits you can enjoy from a variety of coconut-based foods and products. And if that isn't enough, check out Bath and Body Work’s line of Coconut Lime Breeze products. You’ll have the coconut to thank for looking, smelling and feeling great this summer.

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