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Coconut oil has become a trend in many households in the past few years. Whether it be for cooking, skin care, or DIY cosmetics, coconut oil is there. That’s because it has healing properties, is all-natural and gentle to use, and it smells heavenly! If you are feeling the effects of this long, brutal winter, this coconut oil and baking soda facial may just be for you.
Cold weather offers up opportunities for hot chocolate and romantic sleigh rides, but it also offers up itchy, red skin, dryness, and even eczema. While the snow may still be on the ground, you can enjoy summer-skin all year long with this Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Facial.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil and Baking Soda
The benefits to this mask are amazing. Baking soda has many uses throughout the home for cleaning, cooking, and deodorizing, but it has also been used to treat acne and breakouts, and can normalize the chemistry of your skin! Using baking soda as part of your beauty regimen helps prevent further issues with your skin.
As the human body ages, it loses its ability to produce oil-replacing properties, or “sebum”. Using gentle moisturizers (like coconut oil) and exfoliators (baking soda) can help replenish your skin’s moisture. Plus, it feels great! This mask will moisturize, exfoliate, and cleanse those pores leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling like summer.
If you are snowed in, not to worry! These ingredients are probably right in your kitchen cabinets, or two-day shipping away on Amazon Prime. You will need coconut oil, baking soda, a spoon, and a container. That’s it! Check out the recipe below…
Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Facial
What you need:
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- Container (Bowl)
- Spoon-or anything else that can mix these ingredients
- Combine these ingredients in a bowl and simply mix until you achieve the desired consistency of a thin paste – think toothpaste! It will take a few minutes to get all the lumps out.
- Microwaving your coconut oil for 10-15 seconds can speed up the process, but don’t let it get hot, as the oil can create ‘hot’ pockets and burns can occur.
- Apply to skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Gently remove with warm water, and pat skin dry with a towel.
- Apply your favorite moisturizer, or a thin layer of coconut oil to pack your skin with natural and gentle moisture.
Other Great Uses for this Skincare Recipe
Use this coconut oil and baking soda facial as a gentle face scrub! Using your fingertips, gently scrub onto your skin with small, circular motions. Then, rinse and pat dry! Your skin will feel refreshed and soft well into the next day – and it won’t break the bank.
Dry or cracked hands? This facial can be used to smooth tired, sore hands. If your hands are very sore, run some lukewarm water over your hands until they are soaked. Pat them with a towel, but do not dry completely. Use your fingers to scoop lotion out and rub onto your hands – include between your fingers, on your nails and cuticles, and massage into palms. Rinse gently with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Apply a thick moisturizer, or a thin layer of coconut oil for an ultra-healing and soothing hand-mask!
Hydration is key for skincare. As people go throughout their day, their skin is met with the harsh elements of wind, sun, pollution, and extreme temperatures. At the end of a long day, adults are tired, and often, our skin is left to deal with these natural elements on its own. The least we can do is take our makeup off – but if we really want to treat ourselves, we should add in a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Moisturizing skin can keep dryness and itchiness at bay, but a good moisturizer can also maintain the moisture balance of your skin and keep your cheeks soft and supple!
If you aren’t sure where to look for moisture, start with this Coconut Oil and Baking Soda facial. Even if you’re a skin care enthusiast, this facial is a quick and simple treat for tired skin in need of some pampering.
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