I've used baking soda as an exfoliant for years. Once a week, after cleansing my skin thoroughly (or just after a shower), I rub a tiny bit of baking soda in my palm, add water and lightly rub on my face with small circles. I follow up with a coconut oil facial massage afterwards.
I read about Baking Soda being used as an exfoliant and decided to try it. The skin on my face is very dry and flaky, more now in the winter than otherwise. Take about a tablespoon of baking soda and make a paste with a drizzle of water. After you've washed your face, massage the baking soda paste onto your damp face with your fingertips, avoiding the eye area. After about a minute, rinse it away well with lukewarm water and follow with a moisturizer. After one use, my skin was smoother and less bumpy. You might not want to make this part of your daily routine, as more delicate skin can get irritated. But try it a few times a week, more if your skin doesn't get sore or red. It also makes a great scrub for dry, cracking feet and hands! I use a little on my knees and elbows, and this dollar box of baking soda works better and lasts longer than any ten dollar tube of body scrub I ever bought!
Baking soda for the skin - you guys aren't applying it DRY, are you? That is indeed to abbrasive, for the face anyway. I make a very thin paste by adding water and lightly massaging small circles into my face. Today I used diluted acv, rather than just water. The paste seemed softer than when I make it with water, and my face has felt great all day.
I used to be an advocate of baking soda but I have to warn people with sensitive skin, freckles or rosacea. I think it's too strong dryng for people with sensitive skin. I've been using the oil cleansing method with coconut oil and it has helped clean my pores etc. Renewing my skin of dead cells etc without irritation. Baking soda may be ok for other skin types. Anyway I think rubbing is too damaging. If you want to use it the best way and safest may be open your pores with hot water. Apply baking soda without scrubbing it, just leave it on for a count to 10 and rinse. Enough to clean your skin and not damage your skin.
(Parma, Parma Italy)
Baking Soda face scrub1-3 times a week only.. And use coconut oil afterwards.. I use this Coconut oil everyday I do not put anything on my body that I would not eat.. Those chemicals are all bad for us.. I use 1/2 and 1/2 water and ACV to wash my face and body..... I also drink Ted's remedies... Thanks to Ted and those who work soooooo hard for all of us... excellant info ...
I just found your site and want to try the baking soda scrub on my face. Before I do, I have a question. Can you spend time in the sun afterwards? Can you sweat? I ask this because I read it burns a little. The reason this concerns me is because the only other experience I have with something burning on my face is Retin-A. In high school I used my mom's supply to clear up my face and went to my soccer game - when i started sweating my face burned so bad I had to come out on the game and put an icepack on it. NEVER AGAIN! I know some products make your skin more sensitve to sunlight. THANKS!
I Love this site!!!!! This site has quickly become one of my favorites as I love to find natural cures. I started using baking soda about 2 months ago thanks to this site and the wonderful people sharing their input. I had been using some rather expensive facial cleansers bought at department stores (I've even used proactive in the past) but after using the baking soda my skin feels truly clean and soft. I'm hooked and will not go back to using anything else ever again. Many people, people I see often and strangers on the street come up to me and say how beauiful my skin looks which is wonderful to hear considering that I was battling acne and wrinkles at the same time-no more!!! My face has cleared, my pores are smaller and it just feels and looks soft and healthy...the only thing I think I'll continue to buy is the moisturizer that I use because it has a 30 spf...that is unless I discover a wonderful replacement on this site.
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
I've tried baking soda scrub and olive oil moisturizer and after a couple of weeks people notice the firmness and glow on my face. they were asking what am I using but I refuse to tell since they are not familiar of using such home remedies. for now im trying to add ACV in my olive oil since it can whitens skin... ill give you an update when i see the difference. God is good for providing those natural things to us...
Firstly I would like to congratulate you about this site - Brilliant!
I've tried the Baking Soda Mask - put around 3tbls baking soda and a little water - put it on my face for 30sec, it burned about HOWEVER the results are fantastic..i followed with a honey mask - I basically used 1 teaspoon .. skin is glowing and soft. Those who have not tried it PLS give it a try, its worth it!
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
I tried the baking soda scrub and flax seed oil remedy for skin. I was using acv as a toner, but didn't like the strong smell on my face all day and stopped it after 2 days. The bss and flax are great! I wash my face with bs every morning and then massage some kind of lotion into my face for 5-10 minutes after that. Some days I use shea butter, other days I use on my face creams (bought at beauty store for big bucks). I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to moisturizers it is best to switch from one to another every few days. My skin tends to look fabulous the first few days, then the effect wears off. But if I switch to another moisturizer after 3-4 days, my skin consistently glows. What's that about? I take 2 flax seed oil capsules after lunch and another 2 after dinner. I still have forehead lines, but they aren't nearly so noticeable. My wrinkles become much more pronounced when I don't drink enough water, but the flax makes my skin baby soft (according to my husband). I figure I could get my forehead wrinkles to disappear if I spent at least half an hour massaging my face every night, but who has time for that?!
(Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia)
Hi I am a 49 yr. old woman and i found your site.So i thought i would give the Baking Soda Scrub a try and i could not believe the results the first time i scrubbed my face with it.I had large pores on my left cheek due to pimples in younger years and within a few minutes after rinsing the scrub off i could barely see them and i have used it again an now they aren't even noticable.Thanks so much for this great info on your site. Going to try the ACV next. Thanks again.
The best exfoliator for the skin is baking soda. Make a paste to the consistency of your liking with water and message gently. Small pores, glowing skin-especially if you have oily skin. Keeps wrinkles at bay or diminishes one you already have...cheap too! It transformed my horrible oily skin, cleans pores deep-so less breakouts for sure!
After reading through the hundreds of remedies on the beautiful skin/fountain of youth page of Earth Clinic, I decided to do the following:
1. Baking Soda Scrub. I put a small amount of baking soda in my palm and add water to it. Then I do a gentle scrub on my face and neck. I rinse off the baking soda with tepid water.
2. I then apply apple cider vinegar -- straight up, no dilutions -- with a cotton ball to my face and neck. I don't wash it off, but let it dry and later in the day I apply moisturizer.
3. I am taking flax seed oil (1 tablespoon, 3x a day).
The results; WOW! My skin looks like I have had a micro-dermabrasion sessions at a spa! My pores are noticeably smaller and my skin is baby soft (thanks to the flax seed oil). There is a rosy glow to my cheeks (thanks to the acv). I have tried the baking soda scrub alone and also flax seed oil alone as well. The thing that really made the difference to this skin care regime was the apple cider vinegar as a toner. It is the BEST alpha-hydroxy ever! Please try this and let me know what you think.
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(Medford, Or, Usa)
I just tried using baking soda and olive oil as a face wash/scrub. It works great! It evens out my skin tone and leaves my face feeling clean and soft. The baking soda does sting a little but they say "beauty is pain"!!!
.. For my skin, after reading your comments, I wash with Baking Soda and massage lightly (sometimes with a facecloth) with COLD water, and then applying little ACV and water as a TONER, and finally Vitamin E oil on my face. I did not mention this to anyone, but my sisters at home IMMEDIATELY noticed my skin glowing plus the less noticeable pores on my T-zone....which is a relief