What Can Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Do for Your Skin?
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.
Try natural products, and 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.