I haven’t had the best luck with facial scrubs as they tend to irritate my super sensitive skin. However anytime you exfoliate, your face it is going to look better without several layers of dead skin dulling your complexion.
Luckily I’ve found baking soda to be very effective for several reasons; for one it’s really easy to always have on hand and secondly it exfoliates without irritating my skin.
Over the years I’ve found I rarely use my oatmeal or sunflower scrubs anymore simply because I would have to make them first. They both work really well but they require a little bit of preparation and preparation = time which always seems to be in short supply.
Some of the coarser textured scrubs scrubs I’ve tried like cornmeal have irritated my skin, a little and so I found myself avoiding them. However, not exfoliating leaves a buildup, and I always notice my skin doesn’t look as good over time with all the playing outdoors.
After many years, (over a decade now) of experimentation I’ve found 3 facial treatments I rotate between from week to week. First up my everyday go-to treatment is the Oil Cleansing Method which is lightly exfoliating and perfectly moisturizing. Secondly to this treatment I use both this Baking Soda Exfoliation and my Pineapple Facial 1-2x per week to keep my skin glowing without any buildup.
DIY Baking Soda Exfoliation
What to do:
Place a tablespoon or so of baking soda in the palm of your hand, add a little water to make a loose paste and begin to massage into your skin with gentle circular motions (don’t rub hard or ‘scrub’ vigorously you don’t want to damage your skin). You only want to rid yourself of the outermost layer of dead skin, and never to damage the new layer underneath. This process should never hurt, if it’s hurting try using 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.
And finally one last tip: baking soda is by far my favorite of these treatments to travel with because it’s the easiest. Let’s face it, traveling with fresh pineapple isn’t going to happen, and depending on how confident you feel about your container, the oil you need to oil cleansing could be a potential disaster in your suitcase!