March Challenge of the Month Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Scrub

This is my March Challenge of the Month and I will do this 3x a week for better skin.

For me there is a lot of unquantified trust placed in the claims of skin care products. They advertise ‘flawless skin,’ ‘disappearing acne,’ and ‘natural beauty,’ and then we buy the products to try it for ourselves, many times with little benefit.

Examining the back of a facial cleanser can be nerve-wracking. What do all those terms mean? Who can say what these chemicals and treatments are really doing to your face? And the cost! Ugh!

In addition to the unhealthy ingredients, many products are put onto the market without proper testing L

There is a way to separate yourself from these health risks and to eliminate skin blemishes at the same time: making your own facial scrub.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antimicrobial and moisturizing abilities that are perfect for cleaning your face. It will kill the bacteria that creates pimples. The oil will moisturize the skin and won’t make it feel like sandpaper as many other products do. It is also an anti-inflammatory which can alleviate the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. (3)Woo, sounds like a win to me!

Baking Soda

We know baking soda to be a rising agent in foods, but it is also an excellent face exfoliator. Your skin will feel very soft after rubbing this scrub on your face. Since baking soda also soothes sunburns, this facial cleanser is a good choice for those who burn easily. (4)

DIY Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Facial Scrub

These ingredients are most likely in your kitchen already.

Video from http://theheartysoul.com/

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Method:

Mix the two ingredients together until they are completely combined, and the texture is a bit gritty. Place it in a shallow jar for easy access. Scrub your face as usual, but feel the enormous difference!

Sources:

(1) Julia R. Barrett. Chemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Jan; 113(1): A24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253722/ Published: January 2005. Accessed: October 21, 2016.

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