Kauai is an awe-inspiring showcase of Mother Nature’s beauty and we can use many of the very things that make her so lovely to beautify ourselves as well. Increasingly it seems that beauty products are getting “back to nature.” Why not go all the way back, and create your own personal beauty routine using Kauai’s many generous gifts.
Awapuhi, also called shampoo ginger, is a vibrant red, bulbous flower that grows alongside water in Hawaii’s valleys. Inside the mature flower is a magical gel with an intoxicating fragrance. Long before Paul Mitchell discovered awapuhi, ancient Hawaiians used it to keep their beautiful long hair baby soft, shiny, and smelling like a tropical dream. It cleanses and conditions, and can be left in or rinsed out as you like.
For centuries coconut oil has been used around the world to moisturize and strengthen hair. It is nourishing and very easy for the hair to absorb. Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which sooths the scalp and controls dandruff. It can be used as a deep conditioning treatment, or sparingly applied to dry hair to control frizz and fly- aways. It is simple to make your own coconut oil: Grate the coconut meat and place it in a net bag. Add a little water and press between your palms to extract the milk. Add water to the coconut milk and poor into a sealed container. Let sit for 24-48 hours at room temperature. The oil will float to the top.
A little bit of ocean water is all you need to create sexy, carefree waves. If you’re not up for a swim, just fill a spray bottle, spritz, scrunch, and go.
Hawaiian sea salt is the perfect grainy consistency for sloughing off that dull, dry top layer of skin to reveal the soft skin beneath. You can mix sea salt with coconut water or Hawaiian honey and rub it all over, focusing special attention on dry knees and elbows. Rinse off in the shower, the sea, or a waterfall to uncover smooth, glowing skin that is silky to the touch.
Another popular exfoliating method is to sit by the edge of the sea, scoop up piles of wet sand, and rub it into any skin not covered by a bathing suit. Then just jump in the water and rinse off. This is the method most mermaids prefer.
In addition to being a great hair product, coconut oil is also a popular skin moisturizer. Coconut oil is easily absorbed and forms a protective barrier between the skin and any external environmental threats. While it doesn’t prevent sun damage, it can certainly help heal it. Coconut oil prevents the discoloration of age spots, and the fats in the oil can actually plump up wrinkles. Natural coconut oil has a light, fresh scent.
The aloe vera plant can be found throughout Kauai. Aloe is generally known for its ability to relieve sunburn, but it is also an effective moisturizer. (Keep in mind that this refers to the gel straight from the plant, not store-bought aloe, which is mostly alcohol, and very drying.) Real aloe vera gel has a ph balance surprising similar to human skin, which make it especially easy to absorb. It is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids that nourish and replenish the skin.
Make your own
To make an effective, and delicious, hydrating mask:
- Pick a ripe avocado fresh off the tree or from a local farmer’s market.
- Mash it with a fork and mix in local honey.
- Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. The healthy fats in avocado are deeply moisturizing, and this mask is especially beneficial for dry skin.
If you want to look marvelous while outsmarting the beauty industry, skip the overpriced, “natural” skin and hair products, and go right to the source. Let Kauai help you look as fabulous as she makes you feel. Begin your tradition in Kauai by calling one of our best Hawaii luxury homes your own.