Is it a scrub? Or mask? Maybe a natural teeth whitener. Perhaps, it’s all of the above. I have several DIY concoctions involving baking soda in my arsenal, but this one is the most versatile. In addition to exfoliating and moisturizing the skin, a simple paste of baking soda and melted coconut oil not only extracts impurities from the pores, it can also whiten teeth and lighten underarm skin. I’m always up for an all-purpose DIY, so I went ahead mixed up a batch.
DIY baking soda coconut oil scrub
One heaping tablespoon of baking soda
and enough melted coconut oil to form a paste.
Remember to spot test for potential skin sensitivities.
How I used it:
I massaged the paste into my face in a circular motion and let sit for 10 minutes. The mixture began to tingle within the first 5 minutes; to distract myself I went ahead and started brushing my teeth with some of the leftover paste. Note: baking soda and coconut oil do not taste good at all – I finished brushing with regular toothpaste to reset my taste buds.
When I got done brushing, I massaged the remaining scrub to my underarms skin. After that, I hopped in the shower to rinse the scrub off my face and body. After drying off, I didn’t need to apply moisturizer to my face – the coconut oil left my skin bright and dewy. I went makeup free for the rest of that day to let my skin breathe.
The next morning my skin broke out a little bit (I’d already had a few breakouts) but I expected this since the baking soda dislodged the gunk clogging my pores. My teeth are noticeably whiter, but there wasn’t a noticeable change in my armpit skin.
Have you ever tried a baking soda & coconut oil scrub mask?