My skin's been looking rather dull and flaky recently thanks to the wonders of central heating. I'm currently hunting for a good natural scrub when my friend Laura aka natural skincare guru suggested I give this a go. Cheap as chips, as the Brits would say but in this case, it's actually cheaper. I overdid it with the lavender drops with my baking soda scrub so go easy with the oil as the smell can be overpowering. I've tried it and my skin not only feels smoother, it glows. Here's Laura with the instructions.
Hey everyone! I’ve been away for awhile but I’ve actually been testing out a new face wash that a little birdie told me about. When she described the method, I was skeptical but she convinced me to try it for one month. Holy Cheap-Amazingness - this works. Really well! And did I mention cheap? And totally clean, green and natural?! This is so easy it’s almost ridiculous. Especially when you consider the cost of some of the luxury or natural face washes and exfoliating products out there. Remember - more money for shoes!
Here’s what you need:
- A small jar with lid or sealed container of your choice
- Baking Soda (or bicarbonate of soda)
- Lavender essential oil (optional)*
Here’s what you do:
Dump baking soda into your jar. Add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil (depending on the size of your jar. For the size I have pictured, I used about 4 drops.) Twist on the lid and shake until the oil is infused into the baking soda.
Put a small amount into the palm of your hand- as much as you feel works for you and covers your face. Experiment with this. Add a little splash of water into your palm and mix to make a paste. Apply and work gently onto your face and neck. Rinse with warm then cool water to close your pores. Follow up with your usual toner and or serum or moisturizer.
I must admit, this feels weird as you’re applying it. It might tingle a bit and it’s not smooth like a bottled cleanser - more like a gentle exfoliant. But what it’s doing is worth the “weirdness!” The baking soda is adjusting the ph level of your face and making it more alkaline - more balanced. This really helps with hormonal ache, dry patches and blotchiness. It also clears up and prevents blackheads!
*The lavender oil is optional but it makes the soda smell nice and it’s amazing for your skin as a both and soothing AND antibacterial agent.
I personally have suffered from annoying hormonal acne, despite my age and good results in all other skin concerns from my natural and homemade serum and toner. I’ve been using this baking soda rinse once a day, right out of the shower and before applying my toner, serum and makeup. I’m happy to report that I’ve had no hormonal breakouts and my skin is more even-toned than ever. My skin is super soft and smooth, with no red or dry patches, for the first winter in years. I’ve also noticed that my face just seems brighter!
I don’t use this to take off makeup off at night, (I use a special makeup removing micro-fiber cloth that I’ll talk about next time) But I no longer use any soap or cleansers on my skin - natural or not! This is it!
Things to consider:
If your skin is extremely sensitive, just give this a whirl once a week and rub in the paste very gently. Apply moisturizer or my oil serum immediately. If you have good results, increase the frequency. My skin does fine with once a day, other people I know use it between 1-3 times a week.
It’s a myth that if you’re skin is very dry, this will make it more dry. On the contrary, It will balance out your skin over time. And the very fine particles will gently clear out those flaky patches!
If any of you try this, let me know how it works. If you have questions, I’ll try my best to answer them or to point you in the right direction!