Nowadays exfoliating your skin has become popular part of the beauty routine of men and women.
The mild abrasive nature of the product eliminates dead skin cells and make an even texture, helps blood flow and cleanses pores.
With increasing awareness about the environmental effect of plastic micro beads found in popular exfoliation products (2), it’s definitely worth looking into more environmentally friendly and non-toxic skincare options.
Why Use Baking Soda And Coconut Oil?
This combination is great against acne and blackheads because it is getting deep into your pores.
Baking soda is amphoteric, it neutralizes the ph imbalances by acting as acid or base. One of the leading cause of blackheads, dry skin and acne is imbalance of the Ph levels.
Also baking soda targets inflammation and redness to heal distressed skin and minimize the hives size.
This is an incredibly nourishing moisturizer and it has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Coconut oil also heal skin conditions like eczema and dry skin. It can heal wounds, and it is is great for acne-prone skin.
Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist in Austin, Texas says that coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer and good anti-inflammatory, and it can be used for eczema.
He also claims: “It has inherent moisturizing properties just from its oily consistency, and that the anti-inflammatory effects are related to antioxidants such as polyphenols.”
Another dermatologist, Whitney P. Bowe, MD fro, Advanced Dermatology PC in Westchester and NYC says that the combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and hydrating properties make it truly unique.
“Coconut oil is made from saturated fats and has medium-chain fatty acids, which help to repair the skin barrier and trap water, and also hydrates the skin.”
This is very fast and simple recipe:
- 2 teaspoons organic extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
In a small bowl mix the ingredients, making only one treatment at a time.
Made a paste and gently apply to your skin with circular movements.
Leave it to act on your face 5 minutes.
Clean with warm water, and massage your skin in a circular movements once again.
Dry your face with a clean towel. The coconut oil will hydrate your skin, so you don’t need to apply a moisturizer.
Use this paste only twice a week.