Monday, July 20, 2009

Baking Soda for the Skin

I never had acne issues until now in my mid 20s. Maybe it's hormones. Maybe it's age. Eh. Either way, the teenage years of a blemish-free face are long gone and the days of adhering to a solid skin care routine are here to stay.

My current regimen includes internal (e.g., drinking water, minimizing sugar intake) and external (e.g., cleansing twice a day, exfoliating regularly) care. Both are critical and one does not prevail over the other. However, if there is one component of my routine that I absolutely cannot do without it is the baking soda facial wash. Many of you have probably heard about this technique, but I never realized how powerful it was until I returned to it last week. Amazingly enough, baking soda a day keeps the pimples away ... at least for me. No other cleanser has come close to doing this, and believe me, I've tried a LOT of cleansers.

So what does the baking soda facial wash entail? Simply pour some of your regular cleanser into the palm of your hand and mix with about a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the concoction to your wet face and wash as usual. That's it! I do this nightly to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that have collected on my face during the day. If you want to do without the cleanser and use the baking soda with water, go ahead. That method works as well. In addition to receiving a facial wash that is just as good -- if not better -- than your local store cleanser, you will save some change too. A box of baking soda is very inexpensive; I bought my recent one for about $0.47 at Target. Compare this to the $5, $10, or more spent on commercial cleansers!

The following link includes a simple recipe for a baking soda cleanser:

Additionally, you can create a more intricate recipe involving baking soda, sunflower oil, and honey.


Jai said...

I agree, I had to go back to the basics too. I bought the biggest box(4lb) I've seen at Publix supermarket for $2.69 cuz I was going through the small boxes too quick(using for hair and face).

Loo said...

Oooh, they sell boxes that big? Wow ... now that's news to me!

Marilie said...

Hmmmm...I never thought about using it on my face. I will have to try this. Great post!

Anonymous said...

I've tried this since reading it hear on your blog and i much say it is amazing. I use it along with my regular cleanser and it leave my face so soft and really keeps breakouts at bay.

Thank you so much, your blog is a wonderful read and very informative.

Loo said...

^^ I'm glad the baking soda facial is working well for you. You're welcome and Thank you!