Baking soda / Bicarbonate of soda as an exfoliator

It's well known that bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda in the USA) has a myriad of uses, especially for cleaning your home, but it is a great beauty product too.

I've written about how to wash your hair with bicarbonate of soda in the past. My boyfriend, who has dreadlocks, uses it to scrub his scalp with, and when my eczema was really bad and I couldn't find a shampoo that didn't make me itch like mad I used it to wash my hair with too.

I've since found a shampoo that I am able to use (Jason anti-dandruff shampoo), so no longer need to use the bicarb to wash my hair with, but a pot of baking soda is a staple in our bathroom, and not just for Arron's scalp.

Exfoliating with Bicarbonate of soda
I've discovered that baking soda makes an excellent exfoliating scrub. Aside from the eczema, which doesn't usually affect my face much, I get tiny blackheads around the creases of my nose and between my bottom lip and chin. Many shop-bought exfoliators use sugar as the scrubby stuff. I used to have a Lush lip scrub that was pretty much just sugar and oil, and many people have recommended sugar mixed with coconut oil as a means to slough off any dry flakes of skin left behind by eczema. I haven't tried this combination, mostly because I wouldn't recommend any scratchy kind of action on anywhere eczema prone, but also because sugar is quite coarse. Bicarbonate of soda is really fine grain though so isn't too harsh. And of course there are no nasty chemicals in there! Plus it's really cheap :)

What to do
All I do is wet my face when I'm in the shower or at the sink, then massage in a small amount of baking soda. I use small circular motions - it's important not to rub too hard though or you can irritate the skin. If you prefer you can add a little water to your pot of baking soda and make it into more of a paste, or mix a little in the palm of your hand. Don't leave it on for any length of time as it may start to sting - you should wash it straight off. You'll be left with beautifully smooth skin. When you're dried off, follow up with moisturiser of your choice. On my face I've found that scrubbing with baking soda once or twice a week, and moisturising with Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil is a really winning combination for super-soft skin on my face.
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  1. Thank you- it's such handy stuff to have around. You can use it to clean the bathroom too!



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