The coconut has been called a miracle food, not only for the body when taken internally, but for the skin. This beautiful tree nut is hydrating and nourishing, and it’s an ideal natural and vegan ingredient for a home-made face mask.
The “Tree of Life”
Coconut milk has been consumed for thousands of years by many cultures for food and medicinal purposes. The coconut palm, which produces the nuts that are turned into coconut milk powder, is called the “Tree of Life” in folk medicine. It’s an integral part of the diet in many countries, providing sugar, butter, oil, milk, and coconut meat. And, it’s used topically for its moisturizing and cellular rejuvenation properties.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MTFA) Are Antibacterial and Antimicrobial
A Journal of Food Science and Nutrition study reported that
half of the MCFA’s (medium-chain fatty acids) in coconut milk contain a beneficial compound called lauric acid, which has incredible antimicrobial properties that help to ward off bacteria growth. Lauric acid acts as an antifungal, assisting skin that is prone to acne and similar problems.
Some suggested benefits of coconut milk powder as used in a skin mask include:
- Kills bacteria
- Repairs cell tissue
- Fight inflammation
- Reduce skin conditions like acne
- An anti-fungal
- Antimicrobial properties
- Relax face muscles and nerves
- Relieve sores and cuts
Coconut milk powder is easy for the skin to absorb so you can get an instant boost in hydration when applying it. For a simple homemade coconut milk powder face mask, just add 1-2 tablespoons of the powder to ¼ cup coconut water. A few drops of vitamin E oil can be in this mask as well, especially if you have wrinkles or tired-looking skin. If you want to add an exfoliant, mix in some powdered oatmeal that has the consistency of sand.
Vegans who want to make a homemade face mask that would typically call for dairy milk powder can make their own cruelty-free version using powdered coconut milk. Coconut milk is available at many health foods stores and you can purchase it online.