It’s taken me a few years and bouncing between a handful of types of face wash to revisit the more natural, chemical-free, baking soda face washing. I’ve written about this twice before and the initial post about the wonders of washing my acne-prone face with baking soda is continuously my most-read.
So for those of you who questioned whether it works and, like me, were disappointed to find that it was just to drying, there is a solution! That solution is the currently much buzzed about coconut oil. Chemical-free face-washing enthusiasts rejoice!
Here’s the deal: Just mix the baking soda with extra virgin coconut oil (typically solid, it liquifies at 76 degrees Fahrenheit). The downside is that I haven’t found a good way to store the two in a really simple way because the baking soda soaks up the oil over time. So I just pour a bit of baking soda into one hand and scoop a little coconut oil into that, mix it around with my finger to make a paste.
What’s awesome about this concoction is that you can personalize it depending on your skin’s needs. You’ve got to keep your skin moisturized, but I’m dealing with New England humidity these days, so I am using a drier mixture of about 1 tablespoon to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. If you want more moisture, just add more oil.
A catch to this is that the coconut oil is sort of ridiculous to rid your face of as you try to rinse it off because it’s so greasy — Another reason to go lightly. But it’s an excellent moisturizer, so don’t worry about your face feeling squeaky clean. It will absorb right into your skin. The main thing is just that you want to rinse the grit of the baking soda off.
Studies have shown that coconut oil is great for treating acne and other blemishes, healing infections, preventing premature aging and, of course, moisturizing dry skin. Another benefit is that it’s a healthier alternative to many moisturizers that contain petroleum oil said to clog your pores, among other nasty things, according to sources like NaturalNews.com.
Did I mention this is also a super-cheap alternative to store-bought facial cleaners? Plus, you’re getting the moisturizer built right into the cleanser. Can’t beat that.