Natural, organic coconut oil does not contain toxins and is quickly absorbed by the skin, which contributes to a number of positive effects, such as fighting against aging, promoting soft and smooth skin, fighting fungus infections, wound healing, etc.
Sodium bicarbonate on the other hand works as a natural skin scrub, peeling and whitening agent, which removes the dead skin cells and leaves the skin healthy, radiant and soft to the touch. It also helps wipe off fatigue, and the dark circles and bags from under the eyes. Furthermore, baking soda is an excellent remedy against yeast and fungus infections.
Restoring The Protective Layer Of The Skin
With today’s fast lifestyle, we damage the protective layer of the skin in many ways, including the use of soap. Soap does not only wash away the harmful microbes, but it also removes the skin’s protective layer and good microbes, and thus makes the skin prone to infections. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil contribute to faster restoring of the skin’s protective layer, which further prevents microbial attacks.
An example of the coconut oil’s positive effects against microbes is the effect it has on fungal infections of the groins, accompanied by itching. This infection is caused by fungus on damp skin. Regular application of coconut oil and baking soda will heal the infection in a few days.
Fighting Against Aging
Free radicals are responsible for a variety of diseases and disorders in the body. They attack the connective tissue in our skin, disturbing its elasticity and smoothness, resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles, etc. What can we do about it? Foods that are rich in antioxidants (containing vitamins A, E and C) will help preserve the skin young. Coconut oil is an excellent antioxidant that helps in maintaining the youthfulness of the skin. When combined with baking soda and applied on the skin, it improves circulation and contributes to faster skin regeneration.
Removing Dead Skin Cells
Our skin regularly produces dead cells, whose place needs to be taken over by new cells. With age, the cell’s ability of regeneration decreases, causing skin relaxation. Both, coconut oil and baking soda help remove dead skin cells, and keep the skin young thru promoting regeneration.
Face Mask Of Coconut Oil And Baking Soda
For this face mask, determining the exact quantity of each ingredient, coconut oil and baking soda, depends on the type of your skin and what you want to accomplish. If you have sensitive skin, use 2:1 ratio of coconut oil vs. baking soda. If you want to make a face scrub, then use 1:1 ratio. Make only small amounts of this mark or face scrub, sufficient for one treatment only.
Mix the ingredients and apply the mask on a dry skin, with circular movements.
As soon as applied, you have two options of how to continue. For a deeper treatment, leave the mask to act for 15 to 20 minutes. Or, you can use it as a peeling and continue to gently rub your face for a few minutes. Wash the face afterwards with lukewarm water.
This face mask, made out of coconut oil and baking soda, is extremely useful. It is made from easily available and cost-effective ingredients, which do wonders for your skin!