Nowadays, a lot of people, both women and men, tend to spend a lot of money on skin care products. However, most of these store-bought products contain unlabeled chemicals, such as phthalates. Unfortunately, according to studies done with laboratory animals, these chemicals led to decreased sperm count, male genital birth defects, and altered pregnancy outcomes. Even though there is no evidence of this effect in people, the results are definitely a cause for concern.
According to Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, there are industry secrets and formulations that are well hidden from the consumers so they cannot make a fully-informed decision.
How to Stay on the Safe Side
The best way to avoid the harmful effects of chemicals found in store-bought cosmetic products, you should use more natural ingredients that are safe and easily affordable. For example, a combination of baking soda and coconut oil makes a great facial scrub.
The Benefits of the Ingredients
Coconut oil doesn’t only moisturize the skin, but it can treat psoriasis, acne, eczema, skin infections, and dermatitis. It can also better the quality of the hair, eliminate dandruff, and encourage hair growth. Studies have found that coconut oil has the power to strengthen the immune system, encourage weight loss, improve the digestion, and relieve stress.
Baking soda is an alkaline substance which can lower the occurrence of breakouts by regulating the skin’s pH value. It can also offer relief from blisters and sunburns because it has soothing characteristics. Baking soda will also better the skin complexion and maintain the skin clear.
You will need:
2 tbsp of baking soda
2 tbsp of coconut oil
Preparation: Mix the two ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
Use: First, wash the face and then apply the mixture. Leave it for couple of minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
Repeat the procedure three times per week and in a short amount of time, you will have no pimples and your skin will be soft and glowing. Also, the wrinkles will reduce.
Take a look at the video below if you want to learn more about baking soda and coconut oil scrub: