We all know how important exfoliating is for sloughing off dead skin cells and getting active anti aging ingredients deeper into the skin.
The problem is it’s another skin care product to add to the list. Top end branded scrubs and microdermabrasion creams can cost quite a bit and you may be tempted to go without in these thrifty times.
But you may not know that you can take a cheap store cupboard basic and transform it into an effective homemade exfoliant.
Not only good for cake making and household chores it seems – baking powder is also a great natural skin polisher.
Of course it seems more obvious when you think that baking soda is already used in toothpaste formulations as a natural whitener with gentle abrasive action. Lightening and gentle scrubbing are probably just what you are looking for in a good exfoliant.
Sodium bicarb has some pretty amazing natural properties which make it great for using in homemade skin care. As well as whitening and exfoliating, it neutralizes acid, is mildly antiseptic and soothes bites and stings better than some antihistamines when applied as a paste mixed with water.
Baking soda is very finely ground so it mixes well into any formulation and makes a lovely smooth exfoliant – almost like the texture of the best microdermabrasion creams. So if you’ve got a packet lurking in the back of your cupboard – why not give one of these recipes a go:
Baking soda and cleanser: Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of your favorite face lotion or cleanser. Using a circular motion, gently scrub face, then rinse and moisturize.
Baking soda and sea salt: Take a small cup and mix a teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. The baking soda will polish the skin and the sea salt will perform the scrubbing action. The salt grains reduce in size once applied to the skin. The results are baby smooth skin with a definite glow.
Baking soda and aloe vera: Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough aloe vera juice or gel to make a smooth paste. You can add more baking soda if the mixture gets too wet. Use bottled or fresh aloe vera – both work well.
Gently scrub face with circular motion for 1-2 minutes then rinse, tone and moisturize. You can use these scrubs for your whole body – just make up a bigger quantity and apply in the shower.
As with any exfoliant – you should wear a good all round sunscreen after exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. And don’t overdo the treatment – 2-3 times a week is fine.
My favorite is the cleanser mix – I have a cream cleanser which if fairly liquid and adding the baking soda gives me a soft, smooth paste which is gently exfoliating and not too harsh for my skin. Actually I found it works better than many scrub creams I’ve tried which often have overly large pieces of scrub material in the formulation.
Avoid getting any in your mouth though as bicarbonate of soda is a great natural emitic and throwing up is not part of the plan!
Your skin should soon see the benefit from regular exfoliating and no-one need ever know your expensive looking ‘glow’ comes from your very own homemade skin scrub.