Monday, June 29, 2009

Baking Soda Exfoliator

Who else here suffered from painful, humiliating acne as a teen? Whole else here still gets painful, humiliating break-outs? It's a fact of life, we all get zits. You can have good skin days, and bad skin days, but all we can really do is find a happy medium with a system that works best for us. I've tried a million different products (high five anyone?) and one concoction that I am very pleased with I learned from an interview with Queen Latifah. She recommended mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a dollop of your facial cleanser as an exfoliant. The baking soda granules are so small that they exfoliate without irritating the skin. Anything bigger can cause minuscule "cuts" in the skin which causes irritation and redness.

I do this twice a week- it makes your skin smooth without feeling like you just had microdermabrasion done in the shower. I keep a little tupperware container in the shower so it's handy and keeps dry. You can also use it as an exfoliating, oil absorbing mask if you have oily skin like I do. Make a paste with the soda and a little water, smear it on your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

More and more new products are being released on to the market that are natural, organic and biodegradable. Even places like Bartell's has an entire section devoted to natural products. Here's a list of natural facial products that I have used and like, or have heard great things about. (Scroll over to view links).

1 comment:

katie said...

i met a lady in my americorps training who has been a long-time member of the beauty industry. she swears that coconut oil is the best facial cleanser out there. no other over the counter chemically stuff is better, she says, especially as our skin ages. i haven't tried it yet, but am going to. i'll let you know how it turns out!

(which reminds me... i need to get in touch with her...)

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