From coconut water to coconut flour, coconuts are very hip and trendy these days, which is why you may be interested to hear about Cococin, an ingredient prepared by freeze drying coconut water solids.
Coconut water is rich in nutrients including proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, sugars and growth factors. It is marketed as a sports drink due to its high content of electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium and sugars. Cococin, which is extracted from the solids, contains many of the same beneficial nutrients found in the water.
As a dry powder, cococin is easily blended into products and readily dissolves in water. When it comes to skin care, it is said to aid healthy skin growth and hydration when applied topically.
Although there isn’t an abundance of research to support Cococin’s use in skin care a recent study was done. A double blind placebo controlled clinical study was conducted on 22 healthy female volunteers aged between 20 and 35 years. A 1% Cococin (along with other natural ingredients) cream was applied on the left arm and a placebo cream base on the right arm. After 8 weeks, it was found that Cococin treated arm showed significantly improved skin elasticity, which was manifested by a decrease in skin roughness and improved skin tone. Researchers concluded that Cococin nurtures keratinous tissue and supports tissue integrity, making it potentially useful in preparations to inhibit the appearance of the signs of aging and the manifestation of wrinkles.
Not many skin care treatments contain Cococin currently, but start watching out for it in moisturizers and anti aging skin treatments.