I’ve been thinking about posting about this for awhile now, but hesitated because it just seemed too “out there”. Tonight, after wrapping dozens of paper flower stems with floral tape (can’t wait to show off my paper creations next week, after the Open House is over) my hands were SO dirty and SO sticky!
I went to the kitchen sink to wash them and noticed my bowl of “Miracle Cleaner” sitting there from my latest cleaning attack. I was having a hard time getting all of the glue from the floral tape off my fingers so I decided to scoop up a bit of my baking soda and peroxide mixture and see if it would help. I wonder if I’ll ever stop being amazed by this stuff!?! It took the glue right off AND after I had rinsed my hands…left them feeling softer and smoother as well!
This reminded me of comments people have left on my blog about baking soda not only being good for cleaning…but also for exfoliating the skin on your face. A “homemade” microdermabrasion if you will.
I decided to do a little research and from what I can gather (and I’m no expert, I just play one on my blog!) there definitely is something to the baking soda as a facial skin exfoliant idea. I read several things written by estheticians who said they will use baking soda in their upscale salons and spas because it’s all natural and gentler than most manufactured scrubs. I’ve said it several times before…while baking soda is an “abrasive” when cleaning…it has more of a “polishing” effect, than a “scouring” effect, in my humble opinion.
Betty at CrunchyBetty.com uses a simple paste of baking soda and water once a week to exfoliate dead skin and make her skin softer and more radiant. She calls it her “favorite homemade beauty secret ever”.
BAKING SODA MICRODERMABRASION
2 Tbsp Baking soda
Start with a clean face (very important, as you don’t want to rub any dirt back into your skin). Make a slightly soupy paste with the baking soda and distilled water. Working in small circles, rub the entirety of your face very lightly. Do this for five minutes (that seem to go on forever, while you contemplate the slight stinging sensation you feel). Do, of course, avoid the eye area. Rinse very well. Revel in your clean, glowing skin!
I like to also mix in a few drops of Wild Orange essential oil to my mixture for a toning effect!
Helen Noble, Founder and President of Belacrema and Author of Being Simply Beautiful has this advice:
“It is good practice to exfoliate your skin gently every day. I suggest using baking soda, because it is a natural, mild exfoliant. With clean hands, take your favorite cleanser, lather your face with warm water, pat your fingertips in the baking soda, and begin in a circular motion, starting at your nose. Work your way over your cheekbones and out toward your ears.”
I’ve also read some good things about it’s effectiveness on clearing up acne. I’m going to have to read up more on that also and maybe use my 16 year old (who I’ve been buying PRICEY ProActive for!) as a guinea pig. :-)
So there you have it…yet another amazing use for the humble box of baking soda sitting in your baking cupboard (or in your fridge). I’m going to have to start thinking about what I want to do with all the $$ I’m saving thanks to this stuff. :-)