Baking soda was first introduced to me as a skin care preparation by my instructor in beauty school. She was very into using simple, home remedies for skin care and baking soda as a pre-extraction solution was her favorite. The baking soda creates a detoxifying chemical reaction in the skin which helps breakup and soften dead skin cells that have become keratinized or hardened. Our first reactions to using Coconut Oil Baking Soda together was.. Wow, we feel like we’ve just had a peel!
COCONUT OIL BAKING SODA CLEANSE
Coconut Oil Baking Soda blended together and used on the facial skin actually kills three birds with one stone before you’re running out the door in the morning.. Cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes. Your skin will be left with a rosy glow, smooth & highly moisturized.
STEP ONE: Before preparing your Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend, dampen your face and hands. Also, if you are not planning on washing your hair that day, make sure the appropriate steps are taken to keep your hair back so the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda mixture does not get into the front of your hair, leaving it looking greasy for the day.
STEP TWO: Cup your hand as to hold the Coconut Oil Baking Soda preparation. Typically 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil should be used, enough to make the Coconut Oil feel gritty. Sensitive skins should start with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to see how the skin reacts. Blend the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda mixture together in the palm of your hand with your finger tips. If the temperature is cooler and the Coconut Oil is in a hardened state, it will quickly melt as you mix the two ingredients together.
STEP THREE: Scoop up a small amount of the Coconut Oil Baking Soda mixture with your finger tips and dab equal parts to your forehead, cheeks, and chin area. Gently massage the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda in upward circular movements. The ultra fine grain of the baking soda makes it safe to use over the delicate skin of the lips and and eye area. Be sure to include the brows, too. As you repeatedly massage in circular motions, the baking soda will begin to dissolve into the Coconut Oil. Be sure not to press too hard, especially during your first few times using the Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend, as these two ingredients are actually very powerful. They may be all natural home remedies, but they are very proactive skincare ingredients.
STEP FOUR: After about 1 minute and you have lightly massaged the Coconut Oil Baking Soda blend all over your facial skin, you will want to easily remove the mixture off your face with a warm, wet washcloth. You will be amazed at how quickly the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda dissolves in into the warm, moist cloth. Your skin will be left with a light residue of the Coconut Oil. Take the time at this point to massage the remaining Coconut Oil into your skin as your moisturizer.
This amazingly powerful concoction stimulates blood flow, assisting the skin in detoxifying. The benefits of Coconut Oil will also help carry away the dead skin cells by increasing the metabolic function of your skin cells. Your skin will look fresh, taut, and thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped. If after you use the Coconut Oil Baking Soda cleanse and your skin feels sensitized in any way, apply a small amount more of the Coconut Oil. The lauric acid in the Coconut Oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties, healing the skin very quickly. If your skin is feeling really sensitized, then try using less of the baking soda next time and be sure to utilize, light gentle upward motions while cleansing.
We can’t think of many better ways to start our day than jumping out of bed and within minutes having our face shining with a rosy glow, can you?
~Peace from The Coconut Guru Girl