AnesaK is the founder of Red Grape Wisdom, a natural wellness service, and is passionate about leading a natural way of life.
Beauty Benefits From Household Products
Let's discard two conventional beauty products most of us use on a daily basis—face scrub and moisturizer—in favor of safe, healthy, and inexpensive alternatives (for all skin types). Free of any harsh chemicals or special additives, baking soda and coconut oil can be bought in bulk and used over time for beautiful, healthy, and youthful skin. As an avid user of them myself, I can laud them with a mountaintop "hallelujah" and sing praises to their effectiveness.
What Can Coconut Oil Do for Your Skin?
Coconut oil is not only conditioning for the skin, but its acids are also anti-bacterial. This natural oil works very well for all skin types:
- Oily Skin: Applying coconut oil after the skin's natural oil is washed off will slow down oil production and keep the skin protected from bacteria and any other environmental damage. The application will bring moisture back to the skin without clogging pores (due to the special acids found in the oil) and will mimic the natural oil the skin produces.
- Dry Skin: Coconut oil works well by hydrating and nourishing dry skin (especially in the sun and after sunburns).
How to Make a Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Pure coconut oil is a wonderful product that has recently been appraised for its incredible health and beauty benefits, and I am by far its most avid fan. This is one of my favorite DIY moisturizers—I hope you enjoy it.
What You'll Need
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Tea tree oil (for breakout-prone skin) and/or any favorite essential oil
Step 1: Prepare the Coconut Oil
In a cosmetics jar (preferably glass), pour the liquified coconut oil almost to the top.
Step 2: Add Tea Tree or Essential Oil
Add 10–15 drops of tea tree oil. Tee tree has incredible anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and will keep your skin clean and breakout-free. If you have dry skin, you may opt for lavender essential oil instead or any other essential oil you prefer.
Step 3: Shake the Mixture
Close the lid and shake the mixture so the coconut oil and the essential oil are properly mixed.
Step 4: Moisturize
After washing your face with baking soda (or your favorite natural soap), apply a few drops of the oil on your face and massage the substance on your skin.
Storage Tips: Coconut oil hardens at cooler temperatures and becomes oil at room temperature; you can keep it in the fridge and it will have a balm consistency, or you can opt for the oiliness—depending on your preferences.
Coconut Oil Moisturizer Review
After using this moisturizer for some time, I broke out less (the redness of new breakouts clears quicker) and my pores were minimized. It worked for my sisters and my mom as well—they are avid users and have been recommending the product to all relatives and friends.
What Can Baking Soda Do for Your Skin?
Baking soda is very inexpensive and can also be used for washing away impurities on fruits and veggies, as a deodorant for the home, a teeth whitener, a coffee/tea stain remover, and even a hair lightener (when combined with lemon juice). It's also great for your skin!
Baking Soda Face Scrub and Cleanser
I have been using baking soda as a scrub and cleanser for years. It works wonderfully because it is gentle enough not to irritate breakout-prone skin but also potent enough to wash away all impurities, remove oil, and balance the pH of the skin (so that it doesn't become a breeding ground for bacteria).
Why Should You Use Natural Ingredients?
In the recent months, I've been hearing about studies which find that almost all of us (excluding the health-nuts among us) are saturated with household chemicals . . . and among the most vulnerable victims are developing children and pregnant women.
Given that many people buy into the appealing wording of the advertisements spun by the most popular beauty brands, the average consumer is "too trusting" and uninformed about the ingredients found in most beauty products.
Indeed, if the public did find out about the extent of toxicity that is found in such everyday products as a face cleanser, shampoo, and kitchen cleaner, one would hope that a movement to ban most of these chemicals would have occurred and a new trend of natural products would make its way to foster the trend.
Yes, it is true that the natural and organic movement has made headway in the last decade, and I must say (given my frequent travels) that the US is one of the leading countries to provide a wide extent of natural products—from soy ice cream to organic sunscreen—at efficient cost and accessibility.
However, the beauty industry is still largely dominated by toxic products that slowly impact our health over time. The movement towards "safer" mainstream cosmetics has to catch up, and the consumer is the main actor in enabling the voice of natural reason to be heard.
Tips for Natural Beauty
Truly, if more people knew about the cost-efficient and natural ways to better health and lifestyle, many chemical companies out there would run out of business. In fact, there are multiple ways one can utilize nature's gifts and incorporate them into everyday beauty and lifestyle practices.
My favorite beauty tip is very easy to uphold and very time- and cost-efficient. For radiant and beautiful skin, it is important for the average consumer to:
- be aware of the product s/he is buying and the ingredients included within, and
- understand that the most quality ingredients are found in nature.
Live Naturally and Beautifully!
Baking soda and coconut oil are great, natural alternatives to mainstream beauty products. I do hope you experience the same wonderful benefits as I did. Live naturally and beautifully!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Cocoa Bean on December 21, 2018:
I have a combonation of dry and oily skin and i like using coconut oil for my face right after i shower because thats when my face is the most dry. I love that its natural
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love your information
Monabrierre1@gmail.com on April 21, 2017:
The girl showed coconut oil and baking soda for wrinkles in the face but didn't tell nor showed what to use for the wrinkle on the neck.
Anita on February 09, 2017:
Tried it and I really like the way my face feels but when I used toner on my face I was surprised to see dirt still on my cotton ball so I'm not happy about that
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Sabrina on November 06, 2015:
How often do you this? Is it daily?
AnesaK (author) from USA on August 06, 2012:
I also wear very minimal make-up (usually only mineral powder and natural, mineral tinted red lip-balm) and my family have all converted to chemical-free products/make-up! We have choices these days, and we should make the best ones we can when it comes to our health. I really hope you like the coconut oil and baking soda suggestions!
yoginijoy from Mid-Atlantic, USA on August 06, 2012:
I am always looking for more ideas to be organic and natural. I don't wear make-up at all b/c of the chemicals. It just doesn't make sense to me. I am going to try both of these ideas, they sound wonderful and very reasonable in cost too.
linda on July 25, 2012:
This is such a great blog post! Very good information! Appreciating the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present. It’s awesome blog.
AnesaK (author) from USA on July 12, 2012:
Thanks, ICarrie...I use coconut oil for everything- it's simply the best!
Carrie Jones from Georgia on July 11, 2012:
Great hub! I have used coconut oil and baking soda both to help my psoriasis, great to hear it has other benefits. I enjoyed the read. Voted up and sharing.
AnesaK (author) from USA on July 01, 2012:
I'm glad this information was helpful, annaglomesh :). Thanks for the feedback!
annaglomesh from Australia on May 29, 2012:
Thanks for the info...I am currently staying in Thailand where coconut oil is everywhere and I am off to buy some. My Australian skin could use it, plus my skin seems to react badly to the chemicals in bought moisturisers as I get older ... great hub thanks
AnesaK (author) from USA on April 29, 2012:
Actually, I never tried to combine baking soda and cocnut oil. I think that their chemical properties clash, and leaving the baking soda on the skin for a long time may be too harsh for the complexion if you are out in the sun etc. I would, however, use baking soda and flax, almond and any other grainy meal to make a facial mask! It'll really tighten pores and rejuvenate your skin. Coconut oil may be too oily to add to the facial mask, so I would rather use it as a moisturizer after you wash off the mask.
Thanks very much for stopping by!
Lindsay on April 12, 2012:
Do you have any recipes that combine the coconut oil AND the baking soda together in any magical potions?? Perhaps using an almond meal or wheat germ for grainy exfoliation?
AnesaK (author) from USA on March 07, 2012:
Thank you, ytsenoh! I love coconut oil...it truly nurishes dryness, heals scars and smooths the skin. If you haven't tried it yet, I also recommend African Black Soap (it isn't your traditional idea of soap!). It is made from variety of natural ingredients and is wonderful for both skin and hair. I'm very glad you stopped by :)!
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on March 05, 2012:
Thanks so much for this hub. Very interesting and useful and beneficial. I'm so particular about what I use on my skin. I love shea butter and have used that for years. I don't prescribe to putting soap on my face at all. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks!
mljdgulley354 on November 29, 2011:
What a great hub. You are so right about the coconut oil and baking soda. I have been using them for years.
AnesaK (author) from USA on August 22, 2011:
Dear LT, you're absolutely right. I have tried both almond oil and grapeseed oil and love them (they have the same non-clogging benefits of coconut oil):). Although, I do find coconut oil less expensive (bought in a bulk) and as effective as grapeseed/almond oils, so I decided to stick with it! What works very well is to add almond/grapeseed oil to the coconut oil mixture- that will even extend the benefits of the above recipe! Mmmm, I am also a big fan of coconut :). Thanks for the comment!
LT on August 22, 2011:
Thanks, this is great info!! I also would suggest almond oil - also non-acne inducing, yet very moisturing in a less-greasy-than-you-would-think way - I use it once a week on my face, usually Sunday. I leave it on for a few hours, then wash off before bed. Makes an incredible difference for the week. I'm excited to try the baking soda particularly, but am definitely also going to try the coconut oil, I'm a huge fan of coconut in general :)
AnesaK (author) from USA on August 09, 2011:
P.S. Congrats on the documentary! I just checked out your film and it seems wonderful...thanks.
AnesaK (author) from USA on August 09, 2011:
Thanks so much for the feedback, Elizabeth! I really enjoyed reading your posts; they were all very informative. I'm looking forward to reading more from you :). I'll be posting more in the upcoming weeks- stay tuned!
Elizabeth Hong on August 08, 2011:
Great article and thank you for following my block for http://www.mercuryundercover.com
I am planing to use your recipe and see how it works for my skin,