Washing your face daily is essential to maintaining clear healthy skin and a glowing complexion. Equally important is what you use to wash your face with. Some facial cleansers are incredibly harsh and can end up harming the delicate skin on our faces, while others are weak and ineffective. If you’ve ever read the list of ingredients on the packaging of face wash, then you know they’re chock full of chemicals and things you’re likely unfamiliar with and can’t pronounce. Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to our faces, the simpler the better.
All natural, non-toxic, simply derived face wash can provide all the cleansing power your skin needs without aggravating or over-drying it. This homemade concoction has just two ingredients and you can mix it up tonight at home. In a small bowl combine coconut oil and baking soda and make sure to break up any lumps in the soda before adding in the coconut oil. There are no set amounts to this recipe and you can adjust it to your skin type and needs. People with sensitive skin should use a ratio of two parts coconut oil to one part baking soda, 2:1. Those who wish to exfoliate their skin should use equal parts of each ingredient, 1:1. Mix it together well and then massage it gently onto your face in circular motions. You can leave it on for a couple of minutes as you would a facial mask, or you can wash it off immediately using warm water.
After using this you’ll notice your skin is smooth, calm, and polished. The combination of baking soda and coconut oil is effective at treating and fading acne scars, redness, and breakouts. It also works well at exfoliating rough, dry skin, leaving it moisturized and clean. If you’re wondering how this simple scrub works, here’s a breakdown. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial agent and helps to unclog pores by fighting against and ridding it of germs. Baking soda works well at cleaning our skin because it’s effective at regulating pH since it’s not overly acidic or too alkaline, rather it falls right in the middle. When it interacts with things in our pores or on our skin that are either acidic or alkaline it naturally reacts to neutralize them and leaves us with neutral, balanced skin.
Perhaps the best things about this recipe is that both ingredients are extremely affordable, natural, and they don’t harm the environment like most of the ingredients found in beauty products do. Try it out tonight before bed and see the results for yourself!