You may not be too familiar with coconut oil, but it is often used in natural and holistic skin care, especially for dry skin that really needs moisture. If you’re tired of chemical-laden products from the drugstore, it’s time to go au naturel and make your own. A coconut oil facial scrub helps to hydrate your skin and give it a healthy, natural glow.
Buying Coconut Oil
When making a facial scrub out of coconut oil, you need to use coconut oil with the most nutrients and beneficial properties possible. It’s not the right time to try to save 50 cents — besides, you’ll save money over buying premade mixtures or going to the spa anyway. You want to buy cold-pressed coconut oil, which is extracted without the use of heat, which can damage the oil and make it less potent. It may not matter as much for food purposes, but you want the best coconut oil you can find for skin care. Look for high-quality, cold-pressed coconut oil at beauty-supply and health-food stores.
Making Your Own Facial Scrub
Once you’ve decided to go the D.I.Y. route instead of buying a facial scrub from the makeup counter or drugstore, you’ve got to know how to make it. To make your own coconut oil facial scrub, combine 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon cornmeal in a nonmetallic mixing bowl. Stir the mixture up to fully combine the ingredients, using a wooden spoon, and cover the mixing bowl. Let the ingredients rest for five minutes before using it.
Using the Scrub
Rinse your face with warm, but not hot, water and allow a little bit of it to drip off. Using clean hands, apply the scrub to your face gently in circular motions — the whole process should take about 30 seconds. After gently applying the scrub, rinse your face with warm water, and pat your skin dry with a clean towel or disposable towel. If you regularly apply a facial moisturizer, you can apply it after using the scrub.
Facial scrubs can be a little irritating, so you’re going to have to decide how often you can use the scrub. If you have delicate, sensitive skin, once or twice per week is probably enough. If you have acne, facial scrubs should not be used because they can spread bacteria and cause irritation on the surface of the skin. Instead, stick with a product specifically made for acne, or consult your dermatologist for advice.