– not just for the kitchen! I am sure most of you out there know about the value of high quality products we use for cooking can also be used for skin care. Coconut oil falls right into that category as well.
I have stopped using almost all commercially sold cleansers, toners, masks and so on such a long time ago. I cycle through a variety of lotions and creams I whip up myself. Using products from your kitchen work just as well for your beauty care, are less expensive and without a long list of ingredients which no one can pronounce nor understand what it is. Many of those ingredients have no place in that bottle or jar to begin with and possibly do more harm than good in the long run. Check out my articles “Stay Away from Phthalates!” , “Keep it Simple” and “Facial Pampering“.
As always, make sure the products are of high quality. You can pick up organic coconut oil for about $5.50. One of my homemade exfoiliant consists out of a blend of that wonderful coconut oil and an equal part of Baking Soda (inexpensive and found in most homes!). It’s ready to use just like that but I like to add a few drops of lemon juice to diminish any dark spots. Other recipes use sugar in place of Baking Soda. Massage onto face and rinse well with tepid water. There might be a slightly greasy feeling but the skin absorbs it quickly . Feel free to follow-up with a light moisturizer if you wish or use a homemade herbal skin tonic (I have a post on that as well).
I usually make a weeks worth of any of my products since they will spoil and I keep most of them in the fridge. This exfoliant however, is a simple and easy, once a week treat for your skin so no need to prepare any more than you need for that day.
Coconut oil has a nearly endless list of possiblities, I have even made toothpaste. Sounds messy and complicated??? Hahaha -no way! I like to keep things simple. All you need is: Cococonut Oil and Baking Soda…..:) :):)
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