Coconut Milk is particularly great for facial care because it has beneficial properties for almost every type of skin. It can be used as a cleanser, a moisturizer an anti-inflammatory agent for itching and distressed skin and also contains antioxidants to help prevent skin aging.
As a Cleanser
Both lauric acid and monolaurin in coconut milk can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi (1)(2) making it especially great for use on skin that struggles with acne. Using it helps to form a barrier on your skin to protect against infection. Additionally, coconut milk is extremely high in fat, which makes it a great facial cleanser. Most dirt on our skin consists of various oils and other fat-soluble materials. Since oils only bind to other oils, high fat coconut milk will easily pick up these fat-soluble particles, leaving your skin clean and fresh, but without the drying effects that soap can cause.
As a Moisturizer and For Skin Barrier Repair
Coconut milk's rich, emollient consistency with it's Vitamin E content helps to soften skin while reducing flaking and dryness. Copper and zinc content in the milk help to keep skin flexible and elastic. (3)
As an Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory
Coconut contains polyphenols such as ferulic acid (4) and caffeic acid, both effective anti-oxidants, more powerful than Vitamin E. They can help to prevent skin aging, reduce age spots and help to repair sun damaged skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut help to soothe chapped and sunburned skin and reduce itching and inflammation.
All these properties combine to make coconut milk a perfect, natural ingredient for skin care!