Cheapalicious beauty: Baking soda as an exfoliator

When we think of the uses for baking soda, we think of keeping our refrigerator fresh with it, whitening our teeth, and some of us even use it as a household cleaner.  But have you ever used it as an exfoliator for your skin?  Me either- at least not until last week.  I've heard a few people sing praises on how well baking soda is as a gentle exfoliator, but I never gotten around to trying it myself.  I ran out of my current facial scrub, and was in serious need of some exfoliation, so I turned to my pantry and pulled out my trusty box of baking soda.  The results?  Not bad. My face feels so smooth and soft afterwards, and when mixed with my skin cleanser, for some reason it gave the cleanser an extra "boost". My skin felt extra clean and the baking soda scrub didn't irritate it.

Mix a little of baking soda and a little bit of water  into a paste (I used my facial cleanser instead of water.  As you can see, the consistency in my pic isn't "paste like". I was rushing to take the pic, but you get the idea, lol) and cleanse away!

I have oily skin, so this worked pretty good for me with no problems. Like I said before, it didn't irritate my skin and it didn't overly dry it out.  I'm not sure how it reacts with other skin types, so try at your own risk. For more info and further detail about using baking soda as an exfoliator, read this post over at The Beauty Brains.

Have you tried baking soda as an exfoliator?  Thoughts?


Anonymous said...

i was doing that a few years back. it was really too harsh for my skin. made my face dry.

karinova said...

ProTip, y'all:
I love baking soda for skin and hair! (Bentonite clay and baking soda mask FTW!) But any time you use baking soda on your skin/hair, you have to follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse (2-4 tbsp ACV in a cup of water; rinse with that, then rinse with plain water). Baking soda is extremely basic; skin and hair are naturally acidic. That's why BS cleans so well. Almost too well! If you don't restore the protective acid mantle of your skin/hair, it'll end up suuuper dry and damaged, I promise. I keep a 16oz bottle of premixed ACV rinse in my bathroom at all times.

Oh, and don't worry, you won't smell like a pickle jar! The smell is very mild. (Some people don't even bother to rinse it off.)

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