So….baking soda is something most people already have in their possession. The most popular use is probably to keep items in the refrigerator nice and fresh. It has a lot of different uses including skin care. I like it because it’s super inexpensive, you can find it anywhere, and it’s very effective. When I was little my mama made me and my sister brush our teeth with nothing but baking soda. It is GRRRROSSSS!!!! But it’s effective because it’s a teeth whitener.
Lately there have been several cleansers put on the market that include baking soda, which is the selling point/the main claim of the product. But remember what I told you guys about reading labels. Check out the ingredients to see exactly where baking soda falls. If you haven’t read that post, click this link:
Here is a list of what you can use your baking soda for:
1. Use as an exfoliator. Baking soda makes a great exfoliator even for sensitive skin. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water, just enough to create a paste that’s not too think and not runny. Also add in some salt or sugar. Sugar works better for people with sensitive skin.
TIP: If you want you can add essential oils. If you have oily/acne prone skin adding 100% tea tree oil will help treat the acne while exfoliating. Anyone can also add vitamin E oil, but it is especially beneficial for those with dry or combination dry skin.
*** Before trying anything knew I always recommend testing an area on your arm before trying it on your face.
Here’s the order of how you should do this regimen:
- Cleanse your face. Towel dry.
- Apply baking soda mixture and rub in circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
- Rinse and towel dry.
- If you want to treat yourself you can apply a mask, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and towel dry. If not you can skip this step.
- Apply serums if you have them.
2. Add to your cleanser. A much simpler option is to add baking soda to your existing cleanser. The above method will exfoliate more and lead to better results but this option is good for lazy moments or if you’re short on time.
3. Put it in your bath water. This will provide a very gentle exfoliation. Adding some essential oils would be perfect to add to the relaxation experience. I’d recommend either lavender, mint, or rose to help relieve stress and relax.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m going to be testing this receipe and comparing it to other cleansers. Let me know if there’s a product you want me to try out and review.
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