Aside from adding a sweet creaminess to any recipe (or a cup of coffee), coconut milk is a great ingredient for nourishing dry skin and hair.
“Coconut milk has an abundance of nutrients that promote both healthy skin and hair,” explains Dr. Rachel Maiman, a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical in New York. “It’s packed with both fat- and water-soluble vitamins, including vitamin C, E, B5, B6, B1 and B3.”
But before we go on, it’s important to note that coconut milk is different from coconut water. The latter is the translucent liquid that’s found inside a coconut (aka what pours out when you crack one open). When you take that liquid and blend it with the flesh of the coconut itself, you get coconut milk, which is thicker and opaque in texture.
Maiman wants to be clear about this because most of the moisturizing benefits you’d get from using the ingredient are linked to the coconut flesh (which is also the primary source of coconut oil), and not just the water used to make coconut milk.