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Ten Ways To Work Coconuts Into Your Beauty Routine

Move over acai! Beat it blueberry. Coconut’s the new fruit de jour.
  • Ten Ways To Work Coconuts Into Your Beauty Routine
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    Photo: Calzedonia Summer 2009
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
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    Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee ($22) is a buildable cheek stain made from 50 percent coconut water. Blend a little onto cheeks with your fingers for a light flush, adding a second or third coat for more punch.

  • Capri Clear Moisturizing Spray
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    Designed for people with eczema, sensitive, and itchy skin, Capri’s Clear Moisturizing Spray ($7) is 100 percent coconut oil in a leak-proof bottle, plus it’s fractionated, a process that removes the fragrance but leaves the nutrients.

  • Bumble and bumble’s Crème de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner
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    Bumble and bumble’s Crème de Coco Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25) are full of rich coconut butters that create shiny, healthy strands.

  • Pure Coconut Oil
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    Not all oils are the same. For the maximum amount of nutrients, look for the words virgin, extra virgin, or unrefined, which all mean the oil hasn’t been processed. Don’t let the word natural fool you; it can still be refined which removes many necessary nutrients. We like Spectrum Essentials’ Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($10) or Nutiva’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($9).

  • Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil Treatment
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    Deborah Lippmann’s tropical-smelling Cuticle Oil Treatment ($18) is a mix of coconut and jojoba seed oil to calm dry cuticles without leaving fingers greasy.

  • Lavanila Deodorant and Perfume
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    Hang onto summer with Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant ($14) and Vanilla Coconut Fragrance ($58). Both formulas are chemical-free, natural, and not overly-sweet—but we can’t guarantee they won’t make you hungry.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizer
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    Not into BB cream? Try a tinted moisturizer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ vegan Tinted Moisturizer ($30) keeps skin hydrated with a complex made from coconuts and wild berry extracts, while giving skin a light wash of coverage.

  • Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup
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    Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup ($12) goes on smooth, covers flaws, and leaves skin hydrated, thanks to coconut water.

  • Tarte Lip Surgence Matte Lip Tint
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    Tarte’s Lip Surgence Matte Lip Tint ($24) may be shine-free, but it doesn’t lack hydration, thanks to coconut extract. Try Hope, a rosy hue, or Lucky, a retro, Bardot-worthy pink.

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    Of course we couldn’t forget coconut water on our list. If your grocery store or farmers market isn’t stocked with fresh coconuts—and willing to puncture a hole for easy sipping—the next best thing is Harmless Harvests’ Raw Coconut Water.

The coconut has a lot to live up to. A popular new super-food, it’s taking center stage thanks to celebrities’ endorsements, editors loving its oil, and now, an increasing number of beauty products spotlighting the nut. It may be a trend, but it’s one that lives up to the hype. The super-affordable oil can be used to nourish your scalp (Khloe Kardashian swears it makes her hair grow faster and thicker), soothe dry skin, tame cuticles, and it adds healthy fat to your diet when used in the kitchen. Coconut water—‘nature’s Gatorade’—is as delicious as it is healthy: the low-calorie water is full of electrolytes and vitamins. And cosmetics? It’s an easy way to work the extract into your routine without messy jars of oil. You’ll find our ten favorite coconut-laden products—including oil and water recommendations—in our slideshow!

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