Should You Use Coconut Water On Your Skin?

It not only hydrates your body but also makes your skin look healthy and supple.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. CP Thajudheen, MD
By Anjali Sayee

Coconut water is the ultimate energizer and body coolant during summers. But did you know that you can use coconut water for skin care? It contains vitamins and nutrients and has anti-inflammatory and skin-healing properties. You can drink it or apply it to your skin to reap all its benefits. This article discusses everything you need to know about coconut water for the skin, its benefits, and usage. Keep reading to know more!

Benefits Of Coconut Water For The Skin

  1.  May Soothe Rashes: Topical application of coconut water prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes caused by smallpox, chickenpox, and measles (1).
  2.  Keeps The Skin Hydrated: The body gets heated up quickly during summers, and the skin can lose its moisture. Drinking coconut water may cool down the body and prevent dehydration and moisture loss from the skin.
  3.  Fights The Signs Of Aging: Drinking coconut water or applying it may reduce the signs of aging. Coconut water contains cytokinins, especially kinetin, which can prevent oxidative damage and delay the processes that speed up cellular aging. This property may have anti-aging effects on human cells. Kinetin is also used in skin care products to treat photo-damaged skin (1), (2).
  4.  May Heal Wounds: Coconut water is used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and wound-healing properties (3). It may help in acne management and improve skin complexion.
  5.  May Boost Collagen Development: Coconut water contains vitamin C and lauric acid, which are beneficial to skin health (3). Vitamin C protects the skin from UV damage and the effects of stress and environmental factors. It also boosts collagen development, which keeps the skin youthful (4). Lauric acid has antimicrobial properties that may help manage skin conditions like acne (5).
  6.  May Maintain Electrolyte Balance: Coconut water is a good source of electrolytes – a group of minerals that attract water (3). When you sweat, your body loses electrolytes (during exercise or other physical activity). Maintaining the electrolyte balance helps the body (and skin) retain water and stay hydrated.
  7.  May Improve Skin Texture: Anecdotal evidence suggests that massaging coconut water on your face can improve skin texture and make it soft and smooth.

There are quite a few ways you can add coconut water to your skin care regimen to get the most of its benefits. Here are a few tips.

How To Use Coconut Water For Skin

  •  You can drink coconut water to keep your skin healthy. You may also add it to your drinks, curries, stews, soups, and broth.
  •  Use coconut water in homemade skin care face packs, masks, mists, and other DIY remedies.
  •  You can also use cosmetic and skin care products containing coconut water extract.
  • Apply coconut water directly to your skin with cotton balls. You may store it in a spray bottle and spritz it on your skin.
  •  You can mix coconut water with ingredients like honey and aloe vera and use it as a face mask to keep your skin moisturized.
  •  You can use it as a base for homemade cleansers and toners.

Whether you consume it or apply it to your skin, coconut water can benefit your skin both ways. However, you have to be careful if you are want to drink coconut water regularly. Here is why.

Can You Drink Coconut Water Every Day?

Coconut water is generally considered safe to consume. However, since coconut water contains electrolytes, especially potassium, it may affect your serum potassium levels. So, older adults and people who take angiotensin receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and digoxin should avoid foods (and drinks) with high amounts of potassium (4).

Many people consider using coconut water to heal pimples. But does it really work? Keep reading to find out.

Can Coconut Water Cure Pimples?

Coconut water may help minimize the inflammation caused by acne.

Coconut water contains lauric acid, an antimicrobial agent, which may help minimize acne inflammation and heal pimples (3), (5). Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties that may soothe the pain associated with pimples.

However, if you have severe acne and pimples, it is best to consult a dermatologist and take the proper medications.

Wrapping It Up

Coconut water is a great summer drink that is beneficial for your skin health. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can minimize the signs of aging, promote wound healing, and maintain overall skin health. Drinking a glass of coconut water can boost your energy levels and maintain electrolyte balance. However, ensure to drink it in moderation as it may spike the potassium levels in your body. Also, if you have an underlying health condition or take NSAIDs, consult a doctor before consuming coconut water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it good to apply coconut water to the face?

Yes, it is good and safe to apply coconut water to the face. It may help improve your skin texture and treat acne. However, do not use it if you are allergic to it. Always do a patch test before application.

Can I leave coconut water on my face overnight?

Yes, it is safe to leave coconut water on your face overnight. You may dab a few drops of coconut water on the affected area before bed and wash it off the next morning.

Key Takeaways

  • Topical application of coconut water subsides the rashes caused by smallpox, chickenpox, and measles.
  • People who take heart medication and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should avoid daily consumption of coconut water.
  • Coconut water contains lauric acid, which may help minimize acne inflammation and heal pimples.


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