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Best beauty trick: Coconut cream

JULIE CLARK
Last updated 12:00 03/09/2013
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DREAM CREAM: Need a beauty fix? Grab a can of coconut cream out of the fridge.

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Did you know that coconut cream is a perfect natural face, body and hair mask?

It leaves the skin feeling so refreshed and smooth and your hair will be a lot softer, shinier and easier to style.

I love to use coconut cream as it's nice and thick so it works well as a mask, and it sticks more then coconut milk will used on it own.

So if you can't get hold of a fresh coconut, grab a can of coconut cream out of the fridge.

Dampen your hair and face with warm water first to get prepared to absorb all the minerals and nutrients the coconut cream will provide. Drench your hair with the coconut cream, into the scalp and right to the ends and use the thicker parts of the coconut cream to create a mask for the face.

Wrap your hair up in a towel and leave it for about 10 to 15 minutes and start to feel the goodness of the coconut kick in.

Give your hair a really decent shampoo with a gentle shampoo and then condition as usual. The coconut cream sometimes takes two to three rinses to wash out as it sets quickly after putting it on.

I use half of a can for my hair and face and put it in the fridge, or the other half can be used on the rest of the body. 

You can also make your own coconut cream. Squeeze the coconut flesh in hot water, leaving it to cool, and then strain it - a process that yields both coconut milk and coconut cream. They will separate when left to stand and the thick white cream will rise to the surface of the liquid, leaving milk below.


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