Baking soda has been used for a very long time to treat a number of skin conditions including acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. The little granules are perfect for exfoliating as well as preventing breakouts, while baking soda itself is a natural skin lightener treating dark spots and stains. This DIY baking soda scrub is super easy to make and won't break the bank!
DIY Baking Soda Scrub
Benefits of Baking Soda for the Skin
- Baking soda is the perfect ingredient to add to your homemade scrubs because it's super cheap, but more-so, baking soda is also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
- Balances skin's pH and controls excess oil by unclogging pores and preventing breakouts.
- A natural skin lightener, baking soda prevents and erases dark spots, stains, and scars.
What do Dermatologists Have to Say About Baking Soda Benefits?
Dr. David E. Bank, the director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. He said, “Baking soda we love in dermatology — it’s anti-inflammatory, it’s antibacterial.”
According to Dr. Doris Day, a New York Dermatologist, “For the most part, I prefer drug store or department store or cosmeceutical products from your dermatologist because they’re actually tested on the skin and they go through certain quality control measures”. He said, “But in a pinch, there are things you can use at home. You just have to pick carefully and learn a little bit from the past. People have been using substances like olive oil, yogurt, vinegar, honey and aloe for skin care for ages, and now there are scientific studies that explain why they work. Salt and sugar are excellent exfoliants”. He also explained that “Baking soda, as well, can be used as a fine-grained exfoliant, and may have antiseptic and brightening qualities as well”. It’s simple to add salt, sugar or baking soda to any cleanser you already have and make it a scrub.
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 7 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together and store in a clean, airtight jar.
- This can be stored for several months, but make sure not to get any water in there.
- Apply a small amount to wet skin and scrub in slow, circular motions. No need to scrub too hard though, as baking soda can be a little rough.
- Those with sensitive skin, should first try a patch test!
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