We all know that exfoliation is good for the skin, but sugar – and especially salt – scrub is just so abrasive. Okay, so I know it wouldn’t be exfoliation if it wasn’t abrasive, but sensitive areas like facial skin deserve something more gentle.
Baking soda is perfect. It’s a gentle exfoliant, and good for your skin. The first time I used this baking soda face wash, I was delighted by how smooth and soft my skin felt afterward. Some sources allege that baking soda is actually bad for skin thanks to the high ph level, but I think that’s an ill-thought out opinion. Did you know that soap has a very high ph? Cold process soap is even dangerous to use until it’s cured for at least three weeks.
Not that I’m trying to scare you off of soap 😉 i’m just saying that baking soda isn’t the only skin product with a high ph.
The other ingredients in this face scrub are pretty amazing too. Maybe even more amazing.
It may seem counter intuitive to put oil on your face, but the as with oil cleansing, the basic idea is that oil cleanses oil. coconut oil is actually antibacterial, and may even help decrease acne, and it’s the primary reason this face wash leaves skin so soft and smooth. But if you’re concerned about it being comedogenic, according to this article shea butter, argan oil, and rosehip seed oil are all excellent choices.
Though it’s technically optional, Frankincense oil probably my favorite ingredient. It’s known for it’s astringent properties, and is said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy.
They say that after you turn 30, you can’t get away with not taking care of your skin anymore. I hope that’s not true, but I use frankincense oil on my face daily just in case, and exfoliate with baking soda face wash each week just in case. 😉
I like to pretend that I’m not a high maintenance person, but I have to admit that I like the feeling of soft, happy skin just as much as the next girl. Which would explain my many lotion making experience, and the big jar of homemade body lotion on my dresser.
Baking Soda Face Wash
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of Frankincense oil (optional)
- 5 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
To use: Using small circular motions, gently rub a teaspoon or two into you skin. Rinse with warm water, and dry.
Continue with your beauty routine as normal.
That’s all there is to it!
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