DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

I have used several different kinds of natural face scrubs and they all work, some better than others. Anytime you exfoliate, your face it is going to look better without several layers of dead skin dulling your complexion. Baking soda is my favorite method for several reasons; for one, it’s easy and two it’s really inexpensive. I found that I almost never used my oatmeal or sunflower scrubs simply because I would have to make them first. They both work really well but they require a little bit of preparation and preparatation = time.  Exfoliating with baking soda is also by far the most effective facial scrub I’ve used so far. For an exfoliating body scrub check out my Easiest Sugar Scrub.

Some of the coarser textured scrubs irritate my skin a little and I found myself avoiding them. However, not exfoliating leaves a buildup and I noticed my skin wasn’t looking very good with all the working and playing in the outdoors. So, my sister and I started trying different things and reporting back to each other with what worked and what didn’t. The pineapple facial and baking soda exfoliation work the best of all the different things we have tried.

I like to start with a DIY Pineapple Facial, move to a DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation, and finally moisturize with Humphrey’s Witch Hazel and coconut oil (post to follow next week about Oil Cleansing/Moisturizing). This three step process has really helped my skin by deep cleansing my pores. I have worked outside for a number of years now, and nothing seemed to get the dirt off of my hands and face. The pineapple facial softens and removes the outer layer of dead skin and the baking soda comes behind exfoliating anything left that needs to go, leaving my skin smooth and soft.

I try to do the facial and exfoliation 1-2 times per week and the moisturizing everyday. The facial is also exfoliating, so I have found that my skin is much smoother when I actually do both treatments on the same day.

The great part is that they don’t take very much time. You can apply the pineapple facial and while it is drying you can continue to get ready for the day. From there, I hop in the shower, wash off the pineapple, and apply the baking soda exfoliation. Total Time: 10 minutes.

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

What to do:

Place a tablespoon or so in the palm of your hand, add a little water to make a loose paste (refer to the picture below), and begin to massage into your skin with gentle circular motions (Never Scrub!). You only want to rid yourself of the dead layer of skin, not damage the new layer underneath. This process should never hurt, if it’s hurting try less pressure.

Tip: Use your ring finger on the delicate skin closer to your eye, (in the cheekbone area).

As always, if you notice any discomfort rinse off immediately. Facial treatments are an individual thing so you can always try this on your hands first to see how you might react. I know a few people who use this now and no one has had any problems, but it is always good to proceed with caution.

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation

Oh the uses of baking soda, by far my all around favorite household product. Leave me a comment and let me know what you use baking soda for.

Check back next week for Part 3: Oil Cleansing and Moisturizing.

20 Comments on “DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation”

  1. Can another liquid besides water be used for this? I was thinking about using rose water or witch hazel instead.

    1. I’m sure you can use a different liquid in place of water, but I’m definitely not trained in the chemical reactions that happen when you combine things like that, so I can’t give you a definite answer on which liquids would be ok.

  2. I love this for my face, I have very sensitive skin as well as uneven tone. But it does brighten my face and makes it so soft!!!! I’m mixed black and white .

    1. I’m so glad to hear you’ve been liking this facial treatment! Since you have sensitive skin, you might like my Pineapple Facial as well since it exfoliates without any kind of abrasion and it’s great for evening out skin tone. 🙂

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  4. I’ve never thought of using Baking Soda as an exfoliator before because of how harsh and rough it is! However after reading your method I probably will give it a go! Cheers

    1. Facial scrubs including baking soda are only rough if you use too much pressure! Be sure to be extra gentle the first time around until you get the hang of it! 🙂

  5. Coconut oil is comedogenic – much like olive oil and lanolin so if you suffer with blocked pores already – anything from blackheads to full blown acne this oil is not for you. I have sensitive blocked skin and only use two products. Cosmedix Benefit Cleanser and macadamia nut oil. It is light and very close to the natural sebums in your skin and it also absorbed. Apricot Kernel is the best for blocked skin but I find it to be a bit greasy in summer. Good Luck.

    1. Jojoba oil is also a good choice because it’s very similar to that of our own skin. I think you might like it, it’s very light and might work for you in the summer months! 🙂

  6. Hi =) how much coconut oil do you put on your skin as a moisturizer? Even though ive had big issues eith using coconut oil anywhere from chest up, I tested coconut oil yet again on my VERY troubled skin (if you can name it, I’ve got it!), and I found that it drastically reduced old and recent scarring and made me look ten yrs younger. BUT I cannot leave it on my skin….I have to do the steamy washcloth, followed by some sort of oatmeal scrub or mask. Then i use jojoba at night. So perplexed as to why some people’s skin loves Coc oil and others like me have issues.
    Anyway, it also purged the heck out of my pores after a good 5 minute facial massage. WoW! Im going 5o stick with it and see if maybe us “troubled skin” folks really just need to give Coco oil a longer chance and let skin keep purging. Just maybe dont leave it on if youre concerned with clogging =)

    1. I use just a small amount (maybe 1/2 Teaspoon) for my face and neck area at night. It’s too bad you have troubles with coconut oil, I think it’s really strange how it works so good for some but not other. I’ve started using argan oil again for moisturizing and oil cleansing along with my coconut oil. It’s really moisturizing, and maybe it would work better for you! 🙂

  7. I have heard of the benefits of baking soda and really need to try this one out. But is it good to put under eyes? There is very sensitive skin.

    1. You definitely don’t want to get too close to your eyes, or rub too hard because it can damage your skin. I lightly/gently rub the area at the top of my cheek bones with my ring finger (your ring finger is the best for the eye area because it’s the weakest) for a light exfoliation.

  8. Your site is great! I really like the all-natural beauty sections (I’ve been all “green” for some time now)… I have just been wondering, has the Coconut Oil Cleansing and Moisturizing recipe been uploaded yet?

    Greetings from Greece 🙂

    1. The Oil Cleansing Method is in the beauty category – it will also come up from the search bar. I don’t talk about coconut oil in particular because a lot of people have problems with it. I use it myself and also the other kinds of oils that I talk about in the post.

  9. I like to use baking soda instead of shampoo. Mix a heaping tablespoon in 8 ounces of water and pour on to scalp. Rub it in and down you hair. Rinse. You can follow with a vinegar rise. It is a great way to say goodbye to dandruff. Never mind it is super cheap and it does a great job.

    I wonder what it would be like to “flavor” the vinegar with lemon or orange peels.

    I bet butter chicken in in our near future dinner plans.

  10. Excellent use for baking soda! I’m excited to try it! I use baking soda for lots of things too…I especially like to use it for mouth wash.

  11. I almost always do baking soda first then pineapple facial, whatever is easier at the time, both ways work awesome.

    I use baking soda as the best ever cleaner for stains on your counter top. I used to use bleach when it got bad a couple times a year, but now i just use baking soda and enough water to wet a rag and I don’t have to worry about wearing gloves, yeah 🙂 and I get a hand scrub in the process!

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