DIY Bridal Beauty – baking soda!

February 23, 2010

I have to share this amazing skin discovery.  Using baking soda as an exfoliater.  No more expensive scrubs that break the bank or cheapo drugstore scrubs that leave you raw.  Simply mix a dollop of regular 59 cent Arm & Hammer baking soda with water and scrub your face.  It’s not an exact science but the consistence looks like white water.  The tiny particles of baking soda is gentle and effective at removing dead skin.

A little background on me.

I have the unfortunate and possibly genetic situation of terrible acne-prone skin, primarily on my forehead and chin.  The battle has been a constant one for the last 10 years, with me losing more than winning.  I go through massive crater-like breakouts (awful cystic acne that lingers for 2 weeks then leaves a scar) on a semi annual basis.  Origins unknown, as I don’t change my diet or skin routine that drastically.  Then during the last outbreak, about 1.5 years ago, I had had enough.  It’s pretty embarrassing to be in my mid twenties and going to job interviews with erupting skin badly concealed with makeup.  I don’t care who advertises concealer but it DOES NOT WORK when the bumps are of any significant size.

Anyway, I digress.  At that point I drastically switched up my skin routine (perhaps I will post about this later) and hopefully solved the problem for once and for all.  Now I almost have normal skin (hooray!) except for some dry patches that build up and look like little bumps.  This is nothing compared to cystic acne and I am thankful every day.  Nonetheless, I’d like to be rid of it.  Haha, one can never be satisfied!

So I tried a few kinds of scrubs.  Borghese, Dr. Brandt, St. Ives.  Also tried mud masks.  Also used my trusty Clarisonic.  It was either not enough or too much.  Then along comes baking soda.  So far I’ve used it twice in the past week and with the first use, it has smoothed out the dry patches and the little annoying bumps are all but gone.  Amazing!  Throughout my skin care quest, I have found that the best solutions have always been the simplest (and conveniently, the cheapest).

Additional reviews and usage suggestions can be found on makeupalley, an excellent resource for all things beauty related.  I always consult their wide network before buying/trying.

Now I just have to explain to my mom why her box of baking soda has moved from the spice cabinet into my medicine cabinet.

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3 Responses to “DIY Bridal Beauty – baking soda!”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Nice! I’ll have to try it out!

  2. Liz Says:

    I tried it last night! Felt nice, a little raw afterwards but felt clean.


    • Oh good! So far I don’t have any adverse reactions and it’s been a week (I used it again last night). The bumps haven’t completely disappeared, there are still a few, but i *think* there is marked improvement. possible placebo effect, but hey that’s fine with me.


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