There is a lot of trust placed into the claims of skin care products. They advertise ‘flawless skin,’ ‘disappearing acne,’ and ‘natural beauty,’ and we buy the products to try it for ourselves.
Examining the back of a facial cleanser is a bit nerve-wracking. What do all those terms mean? Even if you ask someone with knowledge on the subject, you won’t get a proper answer since many of the words of completely unpronounceable.
Who can say what these treatments are really doing to your face?
The Inside View on What You Are Rubbing On Your Face
A key ingredient in many items is phthalates, the main component in plastic. This ingredient is often unnoted on the labels.
“The concerns that are focused around this particular chemical have arisen from a series of tests and studies that have been released recently that point to significant potential health concerns,” says Sujatha Jahagirdar, an environmental advocate with Environment California.
In addition to the unhealthy ingredients, many products are put onto the market without proper testing
“There are industry trade secrets and formulations that for industry reasons are kept from the consumer,” says Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. “This prevents the consumer from making fully informed decisions.” (1)
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 for the Skin
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)
Baking Soda for the Skin
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
You probably have these ingredients in your kitchen already. You just didn’t realize how beneficial they are for your skin.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- That’s it!
If your coconut oil is warm and more liquidy, it will be easier to use. Simply 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! (2)
(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.
(2) HealthyFoodHouse. Wash Your Face with Coconut Oil and Baking Soda 3 Times a Week, and This Will Happen in a Month. (Video) http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/wash-face-coconut-oil-baking-soda-3-times-week-will-happen-month-video/ Published: August 25, 2016. Accessed: October 21, 2016.
(3) Dr. Axe. 20 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Skin. https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-for-skin/ Accessed: October 21, 2016.
(4) Dr. Axe. 33 Surprising Baking Soda Uses & Remedies. https://draxe.com/baking-soda-uses/ Accessed: October 21, 2016.
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