October 30, 2020 2 min read

When you’re a teen, you’re always searching for ways to look your best. The rumour mill is full of recipes, products and potential cures that could either work miracles for your complexion - or prove to be complete myths.

To save you the pain and disappointment of bad advice, we’ve set out to bust one well-known myth, and confirm an alternative solution to the problem -
so you can save face without fuss.

Is the combination of lemon + baking soda good for your skin?

Here’s a quick chemistry lesson; lemon is acidic, and baking soda is basic. If you mix the two, you’ll have a fizzing combination that should, in theory, balance each other out. Unfortunately, when this mixture meets your skin, it’s more likely to be more chaos than cure. 

The theory behind this skincare myth is that both ingredients can dry out pimples, exfoliate skin, and help achieve a radiant complexion. Lemon’s high vitamin C content can be a good-for-you bonus when you’re eating it, but when it’s on your face, it’s a different story. Baking soda, on the other hand, can be tolerated by most skin types - as a spot treatment. Dotting a small amount of this kitchen ingredient on a zit can help it come down, as it alkalises the area, creating a much less welcoming environment for bacteria who thrive in acidic settings.

The verdict

All in all, the combination of lemon juice and baking soda is a bad myth that we’re busting!

What about coconut oil + baking soda?

First of all, coconut oil is a tricky beauty item. It’s slightly comedogenic; which means that it can clog your pores relatively easily - something that acne-prone teen skin definitely won’t like, long-term. However, it does make for a great cleanser.

Although this might sound counterintuitive when your skin is oily we promise that there is logic behind the beauty hack... To put it simply; dirt sticks to oil, and oil sticks to oil. When you use coconut oil on your skin as a cleanser, you pick up existing dirt or makeup, along with your skin’s natural oil, and remove them without stripping your skin of it’s protective barrier.

Unlike the baking soda and lemon juice combination, you’re free to add a little baking soda into this combination. The coconut oil seals off your face and protects the baking soda from disrupting the natural PH during the few minutes that you’re cleansing your skin.

Once the mixture is on your face, massage it in gently, all over. You’ll likely feel little gritty bits coming out as you do this deep cleanse. Try not to go past the 7-minute mark, and simply use a hot, wet (and preferably dark) towel to remove the mixture, then go in with your cleanser.

The verdict 

This is one that we feel teen girls should embrace with welcome arms. Finding the best skincare for teenage skin is a hit-and-miss mission. Sometimes it takes a bit of experimentation to find out what works for your individual needs. And remember, as you transition through puberty, your skin will fluctuate with what it likes and dislikes, so keep a careful eye on how it reacts to different combinations and products!