Baking soda (or Sodium Bicarbonate) is a white crystalline solid that has the appearance of a whitish powder. In addition, it also has a slightly salty taste. It is commonly used as a baking ingredient. The acidic properties of baking soda helps dough rise and gives it a fluffy consistency.
The natural acidic property of baking soda makes it a natural and effective exfoliant. Healthy skin maintenance is helped by epidermal exfoliation by stripping the dull, dead skin cells off of our bodies, exposing the more healthier and vibrant skin.
Using baking soda as an exfoliant is simple. All you have to do is prepare some few simple but key ingredients to start the exfoliating process.
Things you need:
- Baking soda
- Warm Water
- Vitamin E Oil.
Now, the following is a step by step guide on how to prepare the ingredients in order for us to start exfoliating.
- Wash your face thoroughly, freeing it of any kind of make-up and / or dirt.
- When cleaning your face, do not use your regular astringent or toner.
- If you have an oily skin type, make a mixture of half a teaspoon of water and a teaspoon of baking soda. A thick pasty consistency should show.
- On the other hand, if you have a dry or normal skin type, Mix the teaspoon of baking soda with the vitamin E tablets instead. By using the capsules, Natural oils will be released and will be beneficial to re-hydrating your skin.
- Massage the mixture into the desired skin area in minute round motions. Scrubbing your skin hard is ill-advised, because of the skin damage it can cause. It can open up your skin with infinitesimal tear wounds that can permit bacteria to go in and invade your body. Tender and smooth pressure is encouraged because it works excellently when utilizing a mechanical exfoliant.
- Wash the applied skin carefully with tepid water and put on a substantial layer of moisturizer on the washed area.
- Take note that your skin will be sensitive for about 10 minutes after exfoliation Therefore, the use of alcohol-based toners on your skin is also ill-advised.
- A toner is a product used for shrinking pores and cleansing the skin. It is usually in lotion form or wash form. Due to its strong nature and potent mixture, applying toner to an exposed part of the sensitive skin without waiting for it to recover may cause some painful side-effects.
- If you wish to use a toner (alcohol-based or non-alcohol) on your exfoliated skin, delay the application moisturizer and wait for at least 15 minutes after exfoliation before the application of the alcohol-based product. Toners, even the non-alcohol based ones, may give a very strong heat sensation to the skin. After toning, you can proceed with finishing with moisturizer.
In following these quick and simple steps, you can achieve healthy and rejuvenated young skin without spending too much money on harsh, expensive cosmetic and skin care products.