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.
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.