DIY @ Home Beauty: Baking Soda & Coconut Oil Exfoliant

I discovered this excellent alternative to store-bought faces scrubs when I wanted to “slim down” my beauty product stash.

Find out how to make Baking soda and coconut exfoliant at home!

“Adding coconut oil helps balance baking soda’s slight alkalinity.”

The winter season is notorious for its drying effects on skin and hair. This DIY@HomeBeauty regimen will help slough off dull skin and prepare you for a fresh spring season.

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Dead skin cells can clog pores and can make you look dry and flaky.

Fun Fact: Did you know that a night of drinking can dehydrate your system, making your skin appear dull, dry and even puffy; exfoliating your skin will remove the dead skin cells, bring blood to the surface and improve circulation. Always remember to moisturize.

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Sodium Bicarbonate is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. Copyright 2016 Erika Emma Reimers

Noted for its abrasive and mild antiseptic properties, Baking Soda (also known as Sodium Bicarbonate) has a multitude of uses from cleaning to baking to deodorizing.

My Grandpa used a little baking soda with water for toothpaste…I tried it…not so tasty.

I keep coconut oil stocked in both my kitchen and bathroom. It’s a great alternative to other cooking oils and I love moisturizing my hands with it when I’m relaxing so I can keep munching without eating a chemical cocktail as well (sorry Nivea). Different brands vary in their flavour and scent, so find one you like!

How to make Baking Soda & Coconut Exfoliant - DIY @ HomeBeauty

Tools:

  • Small bowl
  • Spoon or mixing tool
  • Measuring tools (if you like precision)
  • Small container with lid for storage

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (excellent antibacterial properties) 

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix the baking soda and coconut oil until smooth to ensure no clumps remain. You can add more baking soda or coconut oil until you reach a consistency you like.

Wash your face, but don’t dry it…take a little bit of the exfoliant on your fingers and gently scrub, concentrating on your nose, chin and forehead; then scrub the rest of your face and neck. Rinse and enjoy soft healthy skin!

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Keep the exfoliant on-hand by storing some in a small container for easy access. Copyright 2016 Erika Emma Reimers

As with any new skincare regimen, observe how your skin reacts to exfoliation to determine how frequent you should use any face scrub – usually once or twice a week is standard.

I like to pamper myself on Sundays to feel fresh for the new week ahead.

While some caution that the pH* level in baking soda may dry out your skin (it is a type of salt after all), many face cleansers tend to have a higher pH level in order for it to effectively break down dirt and oil, which essentially dries out the skin. Rinse-off products like cleansers and scrubs stay on your skin for a short period of time while they work their magic and I’ve found that always moisturizing after cleansing and exfoliating ensures that my skins stays well moisturized. Adding coconut oil to the baking soda helps to balance baking soda’s slight alkalinity.

*pH (potential hydrogen) is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is, ranging from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline) with 7 being neutral.

You’re skin can be unbalanced when the outer layer of skin is too acidic (oily) or to alkaline (dry).

Try this alternative mix to help balance ultra oily skin:

      • 1/3 cup baking soda
      • That’s it!
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Baking Soda (also known as Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3)) is food additive E 500 (EU encoding).

Click the link below for another DIY@HomeBeauty Scrub

Honey Lemon Body Scrub

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