The wonders Baking Soda and Coconut Oil can do for skin!

If more people knew about the cost-efficient and natural ways to better health and lifestyle, truly, many chemical companies out there would run out of business. In fact, there are multiple ways one can utilize nature's gifts and incorporate them into everyday beauty and lifestyle practices. My favorite beauty tip is very easy to uphold and very time and cost efficient. For radiant and beautiful skin, it is important for the average consumer to 1) be aware of the product s/he is buying and the ingredients included within and 2) understand that the most quality ingredients are found in nature. Given that many people buy into the appealing wording of the advertisements spun by the most popular beauty brands, the average consumer is "too trusting" and uninformed about the ingredients found in most beauty products. In the recent months, I've been hearing about studies which find that almost all of us (excluding the health-nuts among us) are saturated with household chemicals....and among the most vulnerable victims are developing children and pregnant women. Indeed, if the public did find out about the extent of toxicity that is found in such everyday products as a face cleanser, shampoo and kitchen cleaner, one would hope that a movement to ban most of these chemicals would have occurred and a new trend of natural products would make its way to foster the trend.

Yes, it is true that the natural and organic movement has made head-way in the last decade, and I must say (given my frequent travels) that the US is one of the leading countries to provide a wide extent of natural products- from soy ice cream to organic sunscreen- at efficient cost and accessibility. However, the beauty industry is still largely dominated by toxic products that slowly impact our health over time. The movement towards "safer" mainstream cosmetics has to catch up, and the consumer is the main actor in enabling the voice of natural reason to be heard.

In this entry, I will help discard two conventional beauty products most of us use daily and provide a safe, healthy and inexpensive alternative. These products are face scrub and moisturizer (for all skin types). In the photo above, I capture what the ingredients for the alternative entail...and as an avid user of them myself, I can laud them with a mountaintop "hallelujah" and sing praises to their effectiveness.

I have been using baking soda as a scrub and cleanser for years and it works wonderfully because it is gentle enough not to irritate break-out-prone skin but also potent enough to wash away all impurities, remove oil and ph balance the skin (so that it doesn't become a breading ground for bacteria). Baking soda is very inexpensive and can also be used as a deodorant for the home, teeth whitener, washing away impurities on fruits and veggies, coffee/tea stain remover and even hair lightener (when combined with lemon juice).

The next step includes the moisturizer. What you'll need is extra virgin coconut oil, tea tree oil (for break-out prone skin) and/or any favorite essential oil. Pure coconut oil is a wonderful product that has recently been appraised for its incredible health and beauty benefits, and I am by far it's most avid fan. The following is the moisturizer recipe:

1) In a preferably glass cosmetics jar, pour the coconut oil almost to the top. Coconut oil hardens at cooler temperatures and becomes oil at room temperature; you can keep it in the fridge and it will have a balm consistency, or you can opt for the oiliness- depending on your preferences.

2) Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil (tee tree has incredible anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and will keep your skin clean and break-out free. If you have dry skin, you may opt for lavender essential oil instead or any other essential oil you prefer.

3) Close lid and shake the mixture so the coconut oil and the essential oil are properly mixed.

4) After washing your face with baking soda (or your favorite natural soap), apply a few drops of the oil on your face and massage the substance on your skin.

Coconut oil in not only conditioning for the skin, but its acids are also anti-bacterial. For oily skin, applying coconut oil after the natural skin oil is washed off will slow down natural oil production and keep the skin protected from bacteria and any other environmental damage. The application will bring moisture back to the skin without clogging pores (due to the special acids found in the oil) and will mimic natural oil the skin produces. For dry skin types, coconut oil works well by hydrating it and nourishing it (especially in the sun and after sun-burns). Truly, it works very well for all skin types.

After using it for some time, I broke out less (the redness of new break-outs clears quicker) and my pores were minimized. It worked for my sisters and my mom as well- they are avid users and have been recommending the product to all relatives and friends.

Without any harsh chemicals or special additives, baking soda and coconut oil can be bought in bulk and used over time for beautiful, healthy and youthful skin. Try them, and I do hope you experience the same wonderful benefits as I did. Live naturally and beautifully!


Comments 19 comments

Elizabeth Hong  5 years ago

Anesak

Great article and thank you for following my block for http://www.mercuryundercover.com

I am planing to use your recipe and see how it works for my skin,

take care.


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AnesaK 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for the feedback, Elizabeth! I really enjoyed reading your posts; they were all very informative. I'm looking forward to reading more from you :). I'll be posting more in the upcoming weeks- stay tuned!


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AnesaK 5 years ago from USA Author

P.S. Congrats on the documentary! I just checked out your film and it seems wonderful...thanks.


LT 5 years ago

Thanks, this is great info!! I also would suggest almond oil - also non-acne inducing, yet very moisturing in a less-greasy-than-you-would-think way - I use it once a week on my face, usually Sunday. I leave it on for a few hours, then wash off before bed. Makes an incredible difference for the week. I'm excited to try the baking soda particularly, but am definitely also going to try the coconut oil, I'm a huge fan of coconut in general :)


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AnesaK 5 years ago from USA Author

Dear LT, you're absolutely right. I have tried both almond oil and grapeseed oil and love them (they have the same non-clogging benefits of coconut oil):). Although, I do find coconut oil less expensive (bought in a bulk) and as effective as grapeseed/almond oils, so I decided to stick with it! What works very well is to add almond/grapeseed oil to the coconut oil mixture- that will even extend the benefits of the above recipe! Mmmm, I am also a big fan of coconut :). Thanks for the comment!


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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

What a great hub. You are so right about the coconut oil and baking soda. I have been using them for years.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Thanks so much for this hub. Very interesting and useful and beneficial. I'm so particular about what I use on my skin. I love shea butter and have used that for years. I don't prescribe to putting soap on my face at all. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks!


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AnesaK 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, ytsenoh! I love coconut oil...it truly nurishes dryness, heals scars and smooths the skin. If you haven't tried it yet, I also recommend African Black Soap (it isn't your traditional idea of soap!). It is made from variety of natural ingredients and is wonderful for both skin and hair. I'm very glad you stopped by :)!


Lindsay 4 years ago

Do you have any recipes that combine the coconut oil AND the baking soda together in any magical potions?? Perhaps using an almond meal or wheat germ for grainy exfoliation?


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AnesaK 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lindsay,

Actually, I never tried to combine baking soda and cocnut oil. I think that their chemical properties clash, and leaving the baking soda on the skin for a long time may be too harsh for the complexion if you are out in the sun etc. I would, however, use baking soda and flax, almond and any other grainy meal to make a facial mask! It'll really tighten pores and rejuvenate your skin. Coconut oil may be too oily to add to the facial mask, so I would rather use it as a moisturizer after you wash off the mask.

Thanks very much for stopping by!


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annaglomesh 4 years ago from Australia

Thanks for the info...I am currently staying in Thailand where coconut oil is everywhere and I am off to buy some. My Australian skin could use it, plus my skin seems to react badly to the chemicals in bought moisturisers as I get older ... great hub thanks


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AnesaK 4 years ago from USA Author

I'm glad this information was helpful, annaglomesh :). Thanks for the feedback!


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ICarrie 4 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! I have used coconut oil and baking soda both to help my psoriasis, great to hear it has other benefits. I enjoyed the read. Voted up and sharing.


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AnesaK 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, ICarrie...I use coconut oil for everything- it's simply the best!


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yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

I am always looking for more ideas to be organic and natural. I don't wear make-up at all b/c of the chemicals. It just doesn't make sense to me. I am going to try both of these ideas, they sound wonderful and very reasonable in cost too.


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AnesaK 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank, yoginijoy!

I also wear very minimal make-up (usually only mineral powder and natural, mineral tinted red lip-balm) and my family have all converted to chemical-free products/make-up! We have choices these days, and we should make the best ones we can when it comes to our health. I really hope you like the coconut oil and baking soda suggestions!


Sabrina 13 months ago

How often do you this? Is it daily?


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