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on 11/21/2009 11:47:00 PM
More reviews by Malleable
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium
Okay, first of all, I've had problematic skin for a while. After going off of birth control, I've had blemishes and my pores seemed to get wider, which I am severely obsessive compulsive about. I hate large pores more than blemishes. My acne was mostly an androgen problem. I've tried a lot of products with Benzoyl Peroxide in them and though they worked somewhat, it seemed that it was never a permanent fix. Sadly, ProActiv did nothing for me, and I spent $70 on it. I finally went to my Family Doctor to ask her for advice. She does a few seminars a week on women's beauty. She told me to wash my face with baking soda. She told me it would make my face more alkaline. This actually made sense to me, so I went ahead and tried it. I've only been using this for two days, a total of three times so far, and it's already working wonderfully. I was very surprised. I've been cleansing my face with St.Ives apricot face scrub (the original one for me, I don't have sensitive skin) and then mixing a little bit of water with a bit of baking soda. I never really measure the amount, I just sort of eye-ball it. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it with warm water. I immediately wash my face again with very cold water-- this closes the pores and is an astringent, apparently. My pores are smaller and less noticeable. I've been watching them very carefully with my 2x mirror. They are less deep and starting to disappear. My skin looks much better. I've read other reviews on here that claim that this can make the skin feel dry, but I haven't had that experience. It feels tight, but dehydrated. I'm really happy with baking soda. It's also very cheap, which is always a good thing. Try a patch of this on your skin, and if you're not allergic to it, TRY IT. It may save you money and time in the long run.Update: I've been using this for a couple weeks. It is making a huge difference on my skin. I'm very happy with it.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 11/21/2009 6:06:00 PM
More reviews by JenJenofAz
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I, too, use a bit of baking soda in my shampoo. Really works, however, I have also tried it straight up as a shampoo and it wrecked my hair! It became a straw like tangled mess, not to mention that I had chunks of it falling out! I also like to rinse with a vinegar/water rinse.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 11/19/2009 12:54:00 AM
More reviews by Artbabe
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine
I have been using baking soda as a body scrub for several years now. It is good stuff; better than the St Ives Apricot scrub with AHA that I recently picked up just for a change. I take a small bowl of baking soda into the shower with me and mix a little into my Trader Joe's Citrus shower gel. Leaves my skin smooth. On areas that are a little rougher (elbows and feet), I increase the proportion of baking soda to gel (about half and half). Just like anything else, don't overdo it.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 11/12/2009 2:04:00 AM
More reviews by larsonwendy
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Add a tsp to your regular shampoo and it degunks better than a clarifying shampoo.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
on 11/9/2009 1:30:00 AM
More reviews by lexusacura
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
baking soda and a mild cleanser is an excellent gentle yet effective facial exfoliation, it has a comparable granule feeling as microdermabrasion crystals and leaves your skin absolutely glowing and refreshed.
on 10/7/2009 11:33:00 PM
More reviews by alotofgirl
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I'm definitely a skeptic when it comes to using natural or household items as beauty care products, but I have to say using baking soda as a daily facial scrub has changed my life (been using it a year now)! I mix about a teaspoon of it in the palm of my hand with my cetaphil gentle cleanser (which alone didn't do anything for my non inflamed acne) and it works wonders. The baking soda is so fine that is perfectly scrubs my face without being too harsh and washes away SQUEAKY clean (ready for my witch hazel no alcohol moisturizing toner, followed by mandelic serum). My skin used to get dry patches, yet have white heads and black heads too, since using the baking soda in my face wash, my face has transformed. I know using a scrub daily sounds crazy but if you have non inflamed acne like I described it is necessary; Using a gentle scrub allows your topical treatments to penetrate the skin and work.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 9/24/2009 11:55:00 PM
More reviews by lilmissyblee1981
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Wow. I used this before reading the reviews here as a face scrub, I'm kinda disappointed that others have had bad experiences with it. Well, I just dove right in and used it mixed with my usual cleanser, alone, and as a microderm scrub (I tried a concocction that I made up myself by using the soda as a scrub/mask, then applying a mix of lemon juice and honey over it and I swear it works just like those foaming crystal microderm scrubs do, foams up and everything, leaves a glow to skin as well) and I love it so far. Right now I'm piecing together a regimen that uses nothing but cheap natural cupboard products. Oh the money I'd be saving if I could find everything I need at the food store for less than $5!!! So far I'm up to crisco as moisturizer, baking soda as a scrub, and bentonite clay *coughkittylittercough* and variations as masks, and so on. But yeah, if you want to try something similar to say Philosophy's or Olay's microderm scrub try that. So far it works identically.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 9/23/2009 11:48:00 PM
More reviews by m331
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Very very harsh. I used this when I was younger after reading Begoun's recommendation. I hear she's rescinded since then.
on 9/20/2009 9:31:00 PM
More reviews by kitkatz07
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
amazing product!!!...leaves my skin so soft and pimple free if use in conjuction with acv toner...loves this combo together=)
on 9/15/2009 6:33:00 PM
More reviews by OICMe
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
While I wouldn't use baking soda as a facial scrub, I highly recommend it as an addition to your shampoo if you are living in an area with hard water, or if you have a well. I am dealing with mineral-infested well water right now, and my hair looked terrible-I would wash it and rinse it forever and it would look as though I hadn't been near shampoo for a month-even using a clarifyer! Then my hairdresser told me to mix equal parts of shampoo and baking soda in my hand and make a paste with them. Use that as shampoo and only condition the ends of your hair if needed-my hairdresser told me to mix baking soda with the conditioner as well, but I didn't find it necessary. I saw a difference the very first day, and in a week, my hair was residue-free-it can take a few days for optimum results. After using baking soda every day for a couple of months, I started getting some buildup at the ends of my hair, so I stopped adding it for a few days to strip it off, then began adding the baking soda again. What a difference-much more shine and richer color-no more dulling mineral residue and scalp scurf! And to think I was about to spend a fortune on special hard water shampoos....SO glad I talked to my hairdresser first!
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