A while ago, I was working on some sort of project that required a lot of sticky adhesives, and of course it got ALL over my hands. I went to the kitchen sink to wash them and noticed my bowl of “Miracle Cleaner” sitting there from my latest kitchen cleaning session. I decided to scoop up a bit of the baking soda and peroxide mixture and see if it would help get the glue off my fingers. To my delight, it took the glue right off, and after I had rinsed my hands, the felt softer and smoother as well!
Admiring the exfoliating effect of the baking soda mixture, I started to wonder if I could use it as a facial exfoliant. A “homemade” microdermabrasion treatment, if you will. (I’ve always felt that baking soda had more of a polishing effect than a scouring effect when cleaning, and I figured the same would probably be true for skin too.)
I did a little research and from what I’ve gathered, there IS something to the idea of using baking soda as a facial skin exfoliant. I read several posts and comments from estheticians who said they use baking soda in their upscale salons because it’s all-natural and gentler than most manufactured scrubs. I’ve also read some good things about using a baking soda scrub to help clear up acne.
While researching baking soda facial treatments, I came across an intriguing idea from Betty at CrunchyBetty.com. She 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.” I used her idea as the inspiration for my very own homemade microdermabrasion treatment! Here’s how to make it.
Homemade Microdermabrasion Scrub
*Note: Baking soda is fine for most skin types, but if you have especially sensitive skin, I would recommend using blended oats instead of baking soda. Just grind the oats into a fine powder using your blender or a coffee grinder!
Start with a clean face. This is important, because you don’t want to rub any dirt back into your skin!
Add the baking soda and a small amount of your carrier oil of choice to a small bowl. We used avocado oil because it’s hydrating and a great source of vitamins and fatty acids!
Then stir the baking soda and oil together to form a “soup-y” paste. (If yours is too thick, add a little bit off oil at a time until you achieve the desired texture.) Add a couple drops of lavender essential oil, if you like.
Scoop up some of the mixture with your fingers, then rub it gently onto your face using small circular motions. Continue this process for about five minutes, taking care to avoid your eyes.
Rinse very well, then bask in the glow of your clean, soft skin!
So there you have it, yet another amazing use for the humble box of baking soda in your kitchen cupboard. Oh baking soda, is there anything you can’t do? ;-)