Baking Soda and Coconut Oil: Dynamic Duo or Dud?
The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of baking soda. One type is sodium bicarbonate which is used in most commercial kitchen products such as bread dough, pasta sauce, cake mix etc. The other type of baking soda is calcium carbonate which is found naturally in sea water and rocks.
If you want to make your own homemade baking powder, then you will need both types of baking soda. If you don’t have either of these ingredients, then it’s not going to work.
So if you’re looking for a DIY recipe for baking soda and coconut oil facial mask, then it would be best to get those ingredients from the store. You may even wonder why I’m telling you all this because I could easily tell you that one is better than another. But I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll share with you what works for me and why.
I’ve been using baking soda and coconut oil face masks on my skin for years now. And when I started using them, they worked like magic!
They didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. My pores were reduced in size, my fine lines disappeared completely and my acne was cleared up too!
When I first started using this mask, I was in love! Especially since it was a lot cheaper than the commercial face masks that I had been buying.
Nowadays, I only use it whenever my skin feels really clogged up and nothing seems to help.
However after a few months of using it on a regular basis, my skin seemed to get used to the ingredients and so it wasn’t working as well for me anymore. I started to get dry patches, breakouts and even more clogged pores.
So I had to stop using the baking soda and coconut oil face masks altogether for a while. After my skin got used to it again, I was able to use it once every few weeks and things were fine again.
So what does all this mean?
Well, everyone’s skin is different, so what works for me may not necessarily work for you.
For example, my sister has very oily skin so the baking soda and coconut oil face mask isn’t suitable for her. Instead she uses apple cider vinegar as a toner because it helps to maintain her ph balance and reduce the shine on her forehead.
Does It Really Whiten Teeth?
You may have noticed that many of the toothpastes sold in the supermarket today contain baking soda. This is because it is incredibly good at cleaning and whitening your teeth.
That being said, I wouldn’t rely on this mask to whiten your teeth because you won’t be using it long enough to notice any difference.
However in my experience, it does appear to make your teeth appear brighter than they were before you applied it.
Why You Shouldn’t Use This Mask
Of course there are also some potential problems with using this mask. One of these is that it contains oil and oil can cause breakouts for some people.
It can also lead to clogged pores and blackheads. This is especially true if you’re prone to oily skin and don’t have the best technique when it comes to applying it.
Some people have also complained that using this mask makes their skin look dull and lifeless. Personally, I haven’t had this experience but then my skin is dry so I can understand why some might experience this.
Another thing to consider is that this mask isn’t suitable for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, then it’s probably not a good idea to use it.
I would recommend that if you haven’t used it before, that you apply it to the underside of your chin first to see how your skin reacts.
It’s also highly advised that you avoid getting this product in your eyes because it can cause some irritation.
All in all, this is a really good mask to use for clearing up your skin and keeping it looking nice. However, it isn’t suitable for everyone and you need to follow the safety guidelines before you apply it.
If you’re interested in learning more about this product, I would recommend visiting the baking soda and coconut oil face mask home page.
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