Using a facial cleanser as a part of your daily skin care ritual is one of the essential outward practices to maintaining clean, healthy skin.
Many acne–fighting and exfoliating facial cleansers and masks contain little beads to help “polish” the skin by taking dead layers off while a creamy and cleaning base should help moisturize and condition.
Instead of shelling out money and being wasteful in the process of trial and error in trying to find a product that works for your skin, try making it at home with only two ingredients you probably already have: coconut oil and baking soda
Coconut Oil Baking Soda blended together and used on the facial skin actually kills three birds with one stone before you’re running out the door in the morning.. Cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes. Your skin will be left with a rosy glow, smooth & highly moisturized.
Sodium bicarbonate, or “baking soda”, is often used as a leavening for baking and cooking, a polishing agent, a deep cleaning and deodorizing agent for household use, as well as a cosmetic (such as teeth and deodorant). However, baking soda is also highly effective in treating acne. Being an amphoteric compound, it can be used to correct the skin’s pH balance, which can aid in healing breakouts as often times an imbalance in pH can cause skin breakouts. Moreover, skin health is an overall indicator of what’s going on in your body, both in and out, and therefore in order for complete healing to happen, you must also be mindful of what you put into your body.
Meanwhile, coconut oil’s antibacterial, healing and moisturizing properties condition, nourish, and soothe the skin’s blemishes. Being a much gentler product than baking soda, mixing the two together balances out baking soda’s harshness, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin. Any kind of natural coconut oil can be used here, although wet-milled traditional virgin coconut oils are higher in antioxidants.
How to Use Baking Soda and Coconut Oil as a Deep Cleanser
You’ll only need two ingredients:
To determine the amount of each needed, you first need to know what your skin type is and what results you are going for. For more sensitive skin, use at least a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. If you need more of an exfoliator, use a 1:1 ratio.
Mixing up a small batch of your homemade cleanser and storing is fine, but for more sanitary purposes it is best to mix up a little amount at a time when you need it as this type of cleanser is too much of an exfoliator for everyday use.
STEP 1: Before preparing your Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend, dampen your face and hands. Also, if you are not planning on washing your hair that day, make sure the appropriate steps are taken to keep your hair back so the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda mixture does not get into the front of your hair, leaving it looking greasy for the day.
STEP 2: Cup your hand as to hold the Coconut Oil Baking Soda preparation.Blend the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda mixture together in the palm of your hand with your finger tips. If the temperature is cooler and the Coconut Oil is in a hardened state, it will quickly melt as you mix the two ingredients together.
STEP 3: Scoop up a small amount of the Coconut Oil Baking Soda mixture with your finger tips and dab equal parts to your forehead, cheeks, and chin area. Gently massage the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda in upward circular movements. The ultra fine grain of the baking soda makes it safe to use over the delicate skin of the lips and eye area. Be sure to include the brows, too. As you repeatedly massage in circular motions, the baking soda will begin to dissolve into the Coconut Oil. Be sure not to press too hard, especially during your first few times using the Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend, as these two ingredients are actually very powerful. They may be all natural home remedies, but they are very proactive skincare ingredients.
STEP 4: After about 1 minute and you have lightly massaged the Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend all over your facial skin, you will want to easily remove the mixture off your face with a warm, wet washcloth. You will be amazed at how quickly the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda dissolves in into the warm, moist cloth. Your skin will be left with a light residue of the Coconut Oil. Take the time at this point to massage the remaining Coconut Oil into your skin as your moisturizer.
This amazingly powerful concoction stimulates blood flow, assisting the skin in detoxifying. The benefits of Coconut Oil will also help carry away the dead skin cells by increasing the metabolic function of your skin cells. Your skin will look fresh, taut, and thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped.
If after you use ‘the Coconut Oil Baking Soda cleanse’ your skin feels sensitized in any way, apply a small amount more of the Coconut Oil. The lauric acid in the Coconut Oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties, healing the skin very quickly. If your skin is feeling really sensitized, then try using less of the baking soda next time and be sure to utilize, light gentle upward motions while cleansing.
We can’t think of many better ways to start our day than jumping out of bed and within minutes having our face shining with a rosy glow, can you?
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