How To: Scrub Your Face With Baking Soda Till it Squeaks


March 8, 2012 by Heather

Apparently no one had any blog topic suggestions.  The request line is still open if you’d like to submit one.  Or nineteen.

SOOOOOO here is the blog topic of today, chosen by me, since no one wanted to suggest anything.  Dang it.

Baking Soda Face Scrub

I’ve been getting a little krazy lately around these parts.  You know, doing things like rubbing a household cleaner/baking ingredient onto my face.  Some may say that I’ve gone off the deep end.

If baking soda on my face is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.

It all started last month when I was putting on some makeup and realized after I smoothed on my tinted moisturizer that my face had these tiny little flakes on it.  Reaction:  A) Ugh, gross.  B) Must exfoliate.

I was hesitant to try yet another skincare product from Walmart or Target, because 9 times out of 10 they fail miserably and I am left with an almost full bottle of stuff and I’m $9 poorer and just plain frustrated.  BUT I didn’t want to spend a small fortune at a department store or Sephora on something that also may or may not work.  You see my dilemma?

So I decided this.  Hey, I have finally found a face wash that I love (Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, in the green pump bottle), so why not make my own face scrub using that?  I googled homemade face scrubs, and after reading through all these nasty sounding recipes for olive oil & honey & brown sugar scrubs (um, h-no, that is not going on my face), I saw something about using baking soda mixed with a little water.  Aha!  I thought, why can’t I just mix some with a squirt of my face wash?  So I did.

I’ve used it three times now, about once a week for three weeks.  The first time I did it I left it on a little too long and scrubbed a little too intensely and my face came out of the shower nice and red.  Not good.  It only takes a little gentle scrubbing (not in the eyes!) and then you rinse it off and pat dry.  I do it in the shower.  I get a 1/2 teaspoon measuring thing, fill it with baking soda, and sit it on the shelf next to the shower.  When it comes time, I dump it in my hand and squirt some face wash on it and mix it around with my finger, then scrub scrub scrub oh so tenderly.

Andrew saw my 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda on the shelf the other day & he was like, “Uhhh, what is that?”  I told him it was my cocaine and to leave it alone.

If you’re looking for a rougher, more abrasive scrub, this is not for you.  It is not very gritty at all, in fact it is more of a paste than a scrub.  But it does exfoliate quite well, especially if you have semi-sensitive skin.  Be sure to moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower!!!

Results (for me, at least):  smoother complexion, brighter skin, and faster cell turnover, resulting in faster healing of blemishes.

And at fifty cents a box, it just might be the cheapest beauty secret ever.  Except now it’s not a secret.



2 thoughts on “How To: Scrub Your Face With Baking Soda Till it Squeaks

  1. Sarah says:

    I’m terrible at actually cleansing my face. I don’t put anything on it so I only wash it in the shower a few times a week. It works for me and I’ve been out of moisturize for weeks now. Told you I’m bad! lol

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