I keep a little plastic container of baking soda under my bathroom sink. Every couple days I add some to my face wash to exfoliate. I have never had a problem. I love how soft it makes my skin.
Aside from the many kitchen and household uses this item that is found on the shelf of almost all American household kitchens is now in our bathrooms.
However with that said I do not use this on my face but I do use it on my body.
I am a fan of self tanning and as we all know you need to prep your skin prior to application and also in between applications. I find that a cotton terry wash cloth with my shower gel and baking soda does the best exfoliating. Using circular motions and concentrating on the build up areas which tend to be in the bends of the knees and arms, ankles, wrists, etc. This also works well on feet and knees and elbows.
It seems to be the most gentle out of all the prepared stuff you can buy, not to mention the best bargain.
As with any exfoliation process overkill is not a good thing, use only as needed and follow with a decent moisturizer.
The 4lb. box can be purchased for about $2-$3.
I exfoliated with this 2 nights ago and my skin has been clear and smooth ever since. This has never happened before so quickly with a product. Use lots of water and be gentle because the baking soda paste can be a little harsh. I generally just mix in a little into my daily cream moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way. I think I'll be trying this once a week
I think this a great product for a few reasons. First I love to use it as an exfoliate. I mix with my cleanser about twice a week and it leaves my face smooth, soft and also glowing. Second I use it when I brush my teeth. I just dip my toothbrush in the baking soda and make a paste on my toothbrush then put toothpaste on top of that. My teeth feel just like I left the dentist office and it keeps my teeth white. Third I use it when I feel that I have product build up in my hair. Just mix some in with my shampoo, wash and my hair feels squeaky clean. For the price of this and all it's uses it's a no brainer to use!!
Weakly alkaline. There are better products for the skin, otherwise our derms would be telling us to use it all the time. My derm has never suggested using baking soda on my face. It is great for deodorizing the fridge or laundry though.
Baking Soday is great I've found out about a couple of the different ways you can use this and I love it. It's cheap and easy to come by and it works wonders for my skin. I live where the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cold and dry in the winter so as you can imagine my face is off the charts most of the time but baking soda helps alot. I use it to clean my face as a scrub one day because I had a dry patch on my forehead that I was getting pretty sick of so one day I decided I would try baking soda and wow I was so happy it helped to get all the dry skin off and give me a fresh and oh so smooth face I was so happy! And in the summer when my skin gets oily I use it as a scrub still because it leaves my skin feeling smooth and it cleans off all the oil extremely well.
One of my favorite things about baking soda is the fact that it has such fine grains to gently but efectively slough off all the dry patches and leave you with a nice smooth face to admire. And to compare this to one I bought at Ulta that I had been using It's nothing to compare baking soday is far better. The one I bought at Ulta was meant for the face but didn't have very fine grains so when I used it for my face in the winter it felt horrible did nothing and kinda hurt although it was okay i the summer I will never buy that again.
Baking Soda is also great for zits when you want to dry them out just mix with a little water to make a paste and apply. I use this as a spot treatment but I'm sure it would be fine to use as a mask also. When it gets hard and starts to sort of powder off you can rinse off gently with warm water it works great.
I've also heard you can use this for really oily and greasy hair buy mixing it with some of your shampoo in the shower and washing normally.
Overall I love this product it's affordable and works wonders I will definately be buying this again.
Um... I don't understand how people can use this on their face! I tried using it as a mask first and then a scrub and wow it was brutal! Almost like it was burning! And my skin isn't even that sensitive! So strange...
Anyways, I don't use this on my face, obviously because of what happened. I use this for my hair! I LOVE adding this to my shampoo about once or twice a week for squeaky clean hair and for volume! Just add about a teaspoon of this stuff in your shampoo, make sure it doesnt get into your eyes of course. This stuff is awesome!
i tried this on my hair to remove build up and it totally dried out my hair. so i keep it away from my hair!
the first time i tried it as a facial exfoliant i hated it. probably i scrubbed too hard because it seemed to leave my face extremely dry, tight and irritated even after i toned with ACV (to restore the acid mantle) and rinsed very good with cool water and put on VCO.
since then i've tried it again with better results - very smooth not too dry skin. also i've found it works better for me if i put on a thin layer of either VCO or EVOO and then rub in the baking soda. this way i get the exfoliating effect without the severe drying effect.
i am going to try it as a whole body scrub in the bath tub.
I use this to exfoliate every 2 days. It is a great, gentle exfoliant.
I use Cetaphil gentle cleanser and I have a squirt of cetaphil then sprinkle a small amout of baking soda into my palm and wash my face with it. It burns a little if I rub baking soda on my face with just water. Also if you use a lot it could irritate your skin.
It has an alkaline[sp?] pH so you do not want to use this every single day because it is too strong and will most likely make your skin peel/flake.
-I have mild acne and redmarks from my acne and this has helped reduce my redmarks and cheek redness although I just started using it last week. After I use this I use a pH balancing toner.
It is very cheap and a little goes a long way.
I do not suggest doing a 10 minute mask with this. Some people do that but that irritated my acne and made it worse.
I mixed this with my cleanser once, and when I put my lotion it burned. It burned every time I put a product on it for two days.