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This Simple DIY Is The Most Affordable Facial You’ll Ever Get

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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 a bowl of my kitchen “miracle cleaner” I had left there after my latest kitchen cleaning session.

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Curious to see if it might help get the glue off my fingers, I decided to scoop up a bit of the baking soda mixture and scrub my hands with it. And to my delight, not only did it take the glue right off, but afterward my hands felt so soft and smooth!

As I was admiring the exfoliating effect of the baking soda mixture, I started to wonder if it had any merit as a facial exfoliant—a baking soda microdermabrasion scrub, if you will. After all, I’ve always felt that baking soda had more of a polishing effect than a scouring effect as a cleaner, which is what you want in a good exfoliant.

So I did a little research, and it turned out that I was onto something with my idea of using baking soda as as exfoliant! Apparently there are plenty of estheticians use baking soda in their upscale salon treatments, both because it’s natural and gentler than a lot of manufactured scrubs. Many people have also used it to help clear up acne too.

Related: 30+ Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

These discoveries inspired me to try my hand at making a baking soda microdermabrasion scrub, which I now once a week to remove dead skin cells and brighten up my complexion! In addition to baking soda, my scrub also features nourishing rosehip oil for added moisture and lavender and geranium essential oils for their skin-soothing properties.

If you’re looking for a simple exfoliating treatment you can make and use at home, I definitely recommend giving this one a try!

How To Make A Baking Soda Microdermabrasion Scrub

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baking soda treatment

*Note: Baking soda is fine for most skin types, but if you have especially sensitive skin, I would recommend using a gentler alternative like blended oats instead of baking soda. And making blended oats is easy—just grind a handful of oats into a fine powder using your blender or coffee grinder!

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Add the baking soda and a small amount of rosehip oil to a small bowl.

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Mix the baking soda and oil together to form a loose or wet paste. (If your mixture looks a little thick, add a bit more oil until you achieve the desired texture.)

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Finally, add the essential oils and stir again.

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This recipe makes enough for one treatment. The baking soda will dissolve into the oil over time if you attempt to store this mixture, so mix up a fresh batch for each use.

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How To Use It

Before using this scrub, use your favorite cleanser or makeup remover to cleanse your skin. (It’s always a good idea to begin any sort of skin treatment with a clean face!)

Scoop up some of the scrub mixture with your fingers, then gently rub in into your skin in small circular motions. Continue rubbing it in for a few minutes, taking care to avoid your eyes as you do so.

Rinse your face thoroughly with clean water, then bask in the glow of your softer, fresher looking skin! Use this treatment once a week to start, adjusting your frequency as needed according to your skin type.

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? ;-)

Do you have a favorite homemade skincare treatment?

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  • Jillee, A while back I happened to see an article about baking soda, and not only can you use it for your face, but take a container in the shower with you. Then add to your shampoo to remove all of the old styling products and stuff from scalp and hair (your hair will be softer!), but rub all over your body to exfoliate dead skin cells. You’ll be amazed at how soft you will be all over!

  • Another point I was going make…I need to start making my own beauty/cleansing products..they are just getting ridiculously expensive,not to mention,too many bad ingredients.

  • I have used baking soda by itself to exfoliate my face..I’ll have to try this recipe…too.Jillee,I was going ask you…where do you usually find your ingredients,like the liquid castile soap for the wash? I was thinking Amazon? Thanks for all your great ideas,Jillee,it is very much appreciated.

    • I don’t know what state you live in but I live in Iowa where Walmart is huge. I can find EVERYTHING that people get from Amazon. I go online, shop, order, and get in a few days generally. Right on my front porch!! I won’t use Amazon because of the owner. Anyway, I have found the $200 worth of products that I needed at Walmart. Maybe check it out?

  • I use baking soda and peroxide to brush my teeth. I get my tooth brush wet with peroxide and then dip the wet brush into a small jar of baking soda and brush. Keeps my teeth REALLY white and its is a cheap tooth paste. My teeth feel really clean and fresh after brushing. My dentist thinks my teeth are amazingly white.

  • So I was dying to try this but the only oils I had on hand are sweet almond, which scares my sensitive face, generic coconut oil, and generic vitamin e. I just got rid of an annoying ugly breakout, I think from trying too many new products, so I decided to do the soda mixed with my Cerave with a drop of lavender, just to be safe. While it must not have been enough to dilute the drop of oil, because it burned a bit, my face looks and feels great today! I seem to have that problem when adding oils, particularly geranium, to my face, that my dilution isn’t enough because it shouldn’t burn. So while I do believe and love all of the EO benefits, that is always something to keep mind. Its hard to make anything single use with oils! Heart you, Jillee!

    • Hi Suzy! Try dipping the tip of a toothpick into your essential oil bottle, and then use that toothpick to stir up your product – this way you can add less than one drop. :-)

  • I gave this a try on my skin of ‘a certain age’, which had become ‘old’ looking, and had more angry, red pimples than I ever had as a teen.
    Just doing this one thing has made my skin look wonderful – got rid of the pimples, looks more fresh and hydrated and no more dry flaky bits :-)

    Soooooooo happy I gave this a try – something so simple, yet so effective – had to share with you how pleased I am with it. Thanks so much Jillee

    • Of course! This is one of my favorites: Combine 3 Tbsp. honey, 1/2 c. vegetable glycerine, and 2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap in a small bottle, and massage onto face and neck for 30 seconds or so to cleanse the skin, then rinse. The honey helps your skin retain moisture, and also contains antioxidants that can provide added benefits.

  • You can find the items mentioned in this post online by clicking on the underlined names of the products. You can also find them at most health food stores. :-)

  • Great ideas. I’ve used the cornmeal with the noxzema before . I’ve also used the cetaphil with the baking soda. I just use the store brand of the cetaphil . Both of these work great, I’d almost forgotten .

  • I use tea tree oil for the disenfecting effect
    I think you could use lemon oil, or really any kimd of oil that does not hurt you skin
    One recipient I used said one drop of oil per Tbsp of soda. I love this scrub. Have very sensitive skin and this scrub works great.

  • Baking soda is too harsh for my eczema-prone skin, so the oats are a great alternative. Just wanted to suggest another-use cornmeal! It’s a great scrub, and makes my skin very soft and smooth. We’ve been mixing it with Noxzema Skin Cream for over 30 years…Love it’s tingly feeling afterward.

  • I too read about using baking soda as an exfoliater many years ago. I mix it with Cetaphil cleanser. I also use this on my neck and chest. Just remember not to rub too hard.

  • I have been using baking soda as facial scrub for 30 years…ever since reading “Blue Eye Shadow Should Be Illegal”. There are many, many “recipes” for various skin conditions, out there. In the shower, focus on a different area each time…knees, elbows, feet, etc. I do suggest you NOT do your facial scrub in the shower; generally the temp in the shower is higher than what you’d use at the sink, and that temp could cause facial skin irritation. Also DO NOT overdo it! And only do your face once per week. I’m often told I don’t look my age, and my baking soda scrub is one important reason why!

  • When I was quite young I made a paste out of baking soda and put it on my zits. As it dried it would suck the garbage out. How time flies as that has been years ago. Still, nothing it better than baking soda for everything.

  • I keep a little plastic tub of baking soda in my shower. Before I get out, I put a little powder in my hand and add a drop of my facial cleanser. It exfoliates and also neutralizes the ph balance of the facial cleanser, and my skin. I’ve been doing this for about a year now after my esthetician suggested not using harsh scrbs on my skin.

  • I like the idea of this and plan to give it a try but I have one question , Do you just make enough to use one time or is this something you can make a head of time and just grab and go ?

  • I found a recipe for a sensitive skin cleanser (Beauty and the Foodie) which I’ve been using quite successfully here’s the recipe 3T coconut oil, 1t raw honey, 1t baking soda Stir coconut till creamy, add honey and mix well, add baking soda last and mix really well. Makes my face so soft and smooth which says something living in the desert.

  • It’s funny..I just read this someplace,about baking soda being a good scrub for the skin and also,very good for fighting acne.
    I think I’ll start mixing this up and using as a scrub.
    It will save me money and maybe,i can get my grandson to try it too,as he has problems with acne.

  • I like the idea of using something to exfoliate my face where I can control the ingredients. The ground-up oatmeal with the avocado oil sounds great. Or, the oatmeal with my own facial cleanser. The one thing I’d leave out is the essential oil, lavender or any other. I avoid fragrances in all my facial products…

    • I don’t think real essential oils are considered ‘fragrances’, I think when fragrance is added to products it’s fake ingredients for the benefit of smelling good, where as essential oils have actual medicinal properties and can be an added bonus. Unless it’s just scent you don’t like, they are worth trying because they can make such a huge difference. But as far as added perfumes, I’m with you on that.

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