Nothing says summer like coconut; the warm, tropical scent, the refreshing thought of cutting a coconut open and sipping out of it with a straw, the balmy feel it has on your skin, and the lustrous glow it gives your tan.
Every part of the coconut is amazing. Aside from being edible and drinkable, just one seed (yep, coconut is a seed) contains coconut oil for moisturizing skin and hair, coconut water to help hydrate and refresh, coconut shell powder for light exfoliation, and can be used to derive coconut extract—all the beneficial properties of coconut in a nearly weightless form. Plus, coconut shells are used to create charcoal/carbon—an amazing detoxifier.
If you read the ingredients in your favorite Posh products, chances are quite a few contain some form of coconut. Here’s why:
Coconut oil is a rich, fast absorbing moisturizer excellent for all skin types, from the ultra-dry to oil-prone. It's also packed full of antioxidant vitamin E, which is why it’s so great to use on skin after a day in the sun. It contains unique proteins that help smooth skin for a more even surface with less visible lines and wrinkles. Coconut oil is also amazing for smoothing frizzy hair without weighing it down, leaving it light and breezy.
Coconut Shell Powder
Coconut shell powder is a light exfoliant for all skin types. Made by grinding the outer shell of the coconut seed to a fine powder, its slightly gritty texture helps slough off dull, dry skin and leaves a healthy glow.
Coconut extract, derived from coconut oil, can easily be added to just about any product and absorbs super fast! For acne-prone skin, coconut extract is a great way to still enjoy the benefits of coconut without the weight of oil. It delivers deep hydration, moisturizing vitamin E, rejuvenating vitamin C, and contains an array of B vitamins. Plus, it helps restore the surface of skin’s moisture barrier for a balanced, healthy look, head to toe.
Electrolyte-rich coconut water is excellent for hydrating and lighter than coconut oil, so it's particularly beneficial for people with oily complexions. It's easily absorbed and non-greasy, so skin feels refreshed, not slick. Use it to give skin a thirst-quenching drink. Packed with vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and glucose, coconut water also contains a type of natural plant growth hormone called cytokine that smooths skin’s appearance for a younger looking, radiant complexion.
Amp up your summer with coconut; here’s how you can use it head to toe:
In the shower or bath, scrub this coconut shell powder exfoliator across wet skin in circular motions, neck to toes. It also contains sugar and sea salt for added oomph, and soothes with coconut oil and honey.
After your shower or bath, massage in this coconut oil balm, neck to toes. Blended with sunflower oil and shea butter, it’s extra moisturizing so your skin will glow! Bonus: you can also apply a little to hair for shiny, healthy looking locks.
Summer calls for simpler things, like these 3-in-1 wipes that cleanse, tone, and hydrate in one simple step with micelles, which attract dirt like magnets, and coconut water, plus apple, prickly pear, and fermented radish root extract to help balance and tone.
Give skin a mega-antioxidant boost with this coconut water based face crème; it’s packed with 20 botanical extracts, including mango, tangerine, and lime, plus soothing shea butter.
The trick to radiant skin all day and makeup that stays in place is hydrated skin. Coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut fruit juice work together in this primer to balance your complexion, reducing oil that causes makeup to run and moisturizing to prevent dryness that can cause makeup to flake off.
Pamper hands throughout the day with non-greasy apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera in this sweet orchard citrus scented body crème. Apply generously to make hands feel spoiled!
Are you dreaming of smooth, soft lips? Apply this pepperminty lip mask filled with coconut oil and a shea butter base before bed, then wake up to a perfect pout.
Pamper your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo that fortifies with quinoa while olive and coconut oils moisturize hair, meaning you’re cleaning without stripping you strands.
Coconut oil pairs with nourishing vitamin B5 and fortifying quinoa for lovelier looking locks in this better-for-hair conditioner scented with juicy citrus, pomegranate, and mango.
Are you ready for your best summer skin and hair? Now is the perfect time to add coconut to your routine!