The health of the body’s largest single organ – the skin is very important for obvious reasons. Not only does our skin protect and contain all our body’s vital organs, but it also ‘regulates’ body temperature and facilitates our sense of touch. Human skin is an unmistakable ‘organic representation’ of the internal health and wellbeing. It also helps us define ourselves as individuals.
Talking about skin, unblemished clean facial skin is everybody’s desire, so your search for a perfect soup or washing gel can end up right here after you finish reading this article.
Cosmetic companies are taking advantage of this necessity by selling a myriad of facial cleansers at insanely high prices! But why spend a heap of money on ineffective cosmetic products when you can come up with your self-made natural facial cream?
To get you out of the high-price trouble, I am going to present a truly effective homemade facial cream to you. This cream can be prepared out of only 2 ingredients, which you likely already have in your house:
1. baking soda and
2. coconut oil.
These two ingredients are all you need to treat your troubled or tired skin. By the way, they are easily available, inexpensive and do not contain any harmful components.
- Baking soda benefits and effects on the skin
The baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is very often used for baking. People also use it as a very effective polishing material.
So, this ingredient can act as a substitute for most household cleaners while it is free of toxins and chemicals that are abundantly found in them. It is also, just as (if not even more) effective than the other drugstore-bought products for this purpose.
Although less known, the baking soda can be also used as a cosmetic product. It has been used as a teeth whitener and deodorant for ages. It is also very effective at treating acne. If there is a pH imbalance in the human body, it can cause skin infections and rashes.
Since the baking soda is an amphoretic compound (which means it can act both as a base or an acid), the baking soda can be used to ‘correct’ the skin’s pH balance. For this reason, you can use the baking soda as an aid in healing skin breakouts.
- Coconut oil benefits and effects on the skin
The coconut oil can act as both an antibacterial substance and a moisturizer. The presence of natural, healthy fats in the coconut oil helps fight against moisture deficiency through the pores of your skin. The coconut oil can actually moisturize and sooth skin blemishes at the same time!
At first glance, it may seem uncomfortable and strange to put baking soda on your face, but the coconut oil balances out, that is neutralizes, the harshness of the baking soda, making it safe even for sensitive skin. Moreover, with coconut oil’s regular use you can say “Good bye” to your dermatological problems for a long period of time!
Here’s how to thoroughly clean your face with our baking soda-coconut oil skin care formulation:
Before you start, it is important to know what type of skin texture you have when making the substance that you will eventually put on your face:
1. If you have sensitive skin, use a 2:1 ratio of the coconut oil to baking soda.
2. If you want to deeply exfoliate your skin, use a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda.
– Mix well these 2 ingredients and apply the cream to your skin by gentle massage.
– You can either leave the mixture as a mask on your face for 5-10 minutes (for a very deep-skin cleansing), or you can wash it off right away with lukewarm water.
And there you are! At hand you have an effective, homemade face wash – minus all of the harmful chemical additives. Enjoy it!
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Sources and references:
Baking soda polishing agent: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3867493/
pH imbalance and skin infections: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535073/
Baking soda amphoretic properties: http://www.sodiumsulfate.org/Sodium-Bicarbonate.html
Coconut oil antibacterial properties: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24328700