Coconut water: is it really the elixir of life? The drink’s recent surge in popularity has many curious about its wide-ranging list of health and beauty benefits. In an effort to find the truth, we asked the experts to dive into some of these claims, specifically about coconut water for skin.
1. Coconut water is rich in nutrients—but you might not be absorbing all of them.
Coconut water is an organic product rich in nutrients and vitamins. Vitamin C, which helps with collagen formation. It also contains vitamins A and K and is “an excellent source of the B-complex vitamins.” Antioxidants are a vital component as these will work to remove toxins from the body. In addition to protein and iron, it has high levels of potassium, which Schulman says promotes hydration balance and calcium, which promotes skin growth.
2. Fight acne.
It can decrease the excess oils on your skin, which reduces breakouts.
3. Anti-aging properties.
Dr. Gilbert says the vitamins in coconut water have been “shown to decrease the rate of skin aging, allowing the skin to repair and restore itself more effectively.” The proteins (cytokines) present are responsible for encouraging cell growth and cell activation. Additionally, Schulman points to the vitamin C, which can protect against and repair sun damage.