Saturday, September 3, 2011

Skincare Saturday: Baking Soda Facial Exfoliator Review

I've heard back from a couple of you that you'd like to see more skincare reviews, especially of the homemade variety.  Lucky for you, I've got quite the arsenal to share.  I'll try and post a review on skincare weekly (Saturdays, naturally), though it may be less frequent than that, so I'm going to have to ask you to bear with me!

First up is a scrub I've used and liked to tide you over until my next skincare posts.

image from Arm & Hammer

Baking soda, used as a scrub, is a great gentle exfoliator that helps with blackheads.  As with any exfoliating product, it should be used infrequently so as not to strip the skin and irritate it.  No more than a couple of times a week is recommended, and if you do any other kind of exfoliation (Clarisonic, chemical exfoliation, exfoliating cleansers, etc), you should do it no more than once a week.  Once every two weeks or so would be best for those with sensitive skin.

What to do: pour some baking soda into the palm of your hand––a couple of tablespoons is more than enough.  Add enough water for it to turn into a paste, but not so much that it completely dissolves (this takes less than you think it should, so add gradually).  Apply to dry, clean face in circular motions with gentle pressure, concentrating on your T-zone and anywhere you have particularly dry skin, for at least 30 seconds.  Rinse off with lukewarm water, being sure not to open your mouth, because baking soda tastes nasty.  Dry skin and apply honey (to balance skin, if you so desire), toner, and/or moisturizer.

You can also add baking soda to your toothpaste to whiten your teeth, though I would definitely brush again after with just toothpaste, because baking soda, as I mentioned above, tastes nasty.

Have you tried baking soda masks?  What did you think?
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