For literally pennies you can get great exfoliating and deep cleansing with something that you probably have sitting right in your kitchen pantry. Baking soda has been a dream for my complexion but I probably wouldn't recommend using it on sensitive or dry skin. Me, I have normal tough skin so for me it's a fantastic treatment. It''s also great used with peroxide as a tooth cleanser.
I have to admit this works - but only if I use it occasionally. More than every 2-3 weeks irritates my skin, so what I do is save it for special occasions. For instance if I am going to a special event on a friday or saturday, I will use it a couple of days beforehand which gives my skin a chance to recover from any irritation if I am too heavy handed. I mix it in with some cream cleanser and then use the tips of my fingers to work it very gently in small circles over my face, rinse it off thoroughly and then just splash my face with cool water instead of using toner. I find if I use toner afterwards my skin will become red and slightly sensitive. I then wait around 10 minutes before putting on any moisturiser. If I use it this way it gets rid of any flakes and leaves my skin looking calm and clear.
I fell in love with the idea of this product. Something that is easily accessible, available in everyoneís pantry, and for only 99Cents the ideal facial scrub! But alas, it was not meant to be, Baking Soda is ideal for cooking and cleaning, but I doubt that it is ok to use on the face. Although the texture is ideal for a gentle exfoliate, the actual product is too strong for my skin! My skin felt sticky and red after use.
Iíll continue buying this product for my cooking, but not for my skin routine, Iíll stick to my salt and sugar for exfoliating, I find that is far more useful!
thanks to MUA i now have a great and cheap face wash. i use this with my regular soap and it takes every bit of makeup off my face. i have been using it everyday, and was having a problem with a few problem pimples that would just not go away, and in 3 days they are now nearly gone. i love this stuff, and wish i had thought of this back in highschool. i wouldn't recomend it everyday for sensitive skin, but my combo skin seems to do ok with it. i follow up with my quench moisturizer and im good to go!
Edit: after cutting down to 3 times a week, this gave me HORRIBLE cystic acne on my chin. i have never had this before, so i can only assume it is from the baking soda. too bad too cause it seemed to be working so well....
After stumbling across reviews of using baking soda as a facial scrub I thought why not try it?? So I got my little box of arm & hammer and poured out a little bit and mixed it with some water and my Cetaphil cleanser and scrubbed (not too hard) my face & neck with my newfound scrub. It was fabulous!! It can be a little abrasive if you don't use enough soap or water so be careful, but I loved how my skin felt after and also into the next morning. I can't believe how much money I have wasted over the last 30 years on facial scrubs/exfoliants when this was sitting in the kitchen cupboard all along! I will definitely be repurchasing! So now I'm using table sugar as a body scrub and baking soda as a facial scrub - gee, what else is there in the kitchen that we can try out. Both sugar & soda are fabulous CHEAP products!! And the baking soda is good for your drains too. continued >>
Ok, so last night I found this thread about Baking Soda and thought, what the heck, I'll try it. I liked it and liked how my skin looked after. I "was" going to write a great review of this product, but this morning I read a little more and learned about all the people reversing their reviews because of how badly baking soda ended up being for their skin.
Now I'm THANKFUL that I learned about how bad this stuff can be for the pH balance of our skin. That is the LAST thing I need. So.. even though I didnt have any problems with the ONE time I tried this, I will NOT be trying it again. It's just NOT meant for our skin people. And believe me, I'm all about less chemicals, more natural, etc., but this product isnt it.
wow...so I was reading the reviews on here. I tried this with my Olay Sensitive Skin foaming face wash last night. WOW...
this morning my blackheads on my nose are gone and my nose is glowing...strange, but good!
i'm going to have husband give this a whirl this weekend instead of those dumb nose strips.
EDIT: I now use this as an exfoliator with my Phisoderm Cream Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. I also use this to exfoliate a bit if my self tanner over developes in some spots.
I also use this with the masks I make if I have a red spot or some inflammation.
i have only good things to say about this product. i was so upset after AGAIN, trying out a new regime, everything went well, but after a few weeks i was destroyed. I was using clinique's 3 step, but that left me with burns, peeling, an infection in my skin and spots all over my hair line.Cue lots of tears, scarfs, posting up here and talk of a doctor and a derm ect ect.I stumbled upon this by accident after reading the reviews& thought why not?I am delighted!!!Gone is my infection, my spots, my black heads are almost completly gone, my skin tone is much better and iv had no problems with continuous use!!!!I wash with my cleanser(im starting with cetaphil now)and GENTLY AND SLOWLY massage thisin small circles on your skin and pat dry after rinsing. they key with this is to be soo gentle.i use this every day with my cleanser and have never suffered burns or redness.I imagine now i will be putting up all my other skin care for swap. So delighted with the results. Also used it for my hair and is fantastic for this also. continued >>
While I am not sure about what I think about it as a scrub yet...I tried it once with a little bit of my facial cleanser and did not think it was too exfoliating but i will try again, either way as a body scrub it was okay and I use it as toothpaste and use sea salt as a mouth wash at the end and my teeth have never been cleaner and they are starting to get whiter too. So overall it is a great product with many different uses. I think I am going to buy the kind without aluminum for my teeth though. It is a product I even recommend drinking (a teaspoon) with a glass of water once a day in place of Alka Selzer when you feel bad or even when you don't. The baking soda oxygenizing your blood stream and gives you a rush of oxygen to your brain so that you are alert and energized. Also the baking soda is good for preventing UTI's because it makes your Urinary Tract very basic (pH-wise) and it makes it difficult for bacteria/viruses' to handle that oxygen-rich environment. Try baking soda for beauty and health. It is cheap and (in moderation) good for you.
I love this with a little cleanser and water. Such a gentle exfoliator, and it makes your pores look smaller. Love using baking soda!!