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Baking powder facial scrub

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by W-D Forties, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. W-D Forties

    W-D Forties Practically Family

    I recently borrowed a beauty book from the library that recommended using baking powder as a facial scrub, mixed with a water based cleanser. I have tried it and have to say it really does work! The texture and size of the grains is just about right and it left my skin very soft and clean. It did feel a bit 'hot' and tingly for a second when I first rubbed it in though.

    Combined with the oil cleansing method + hot flannel and using vaseline instead of expensive night cream I have been pretty impressed with the results. If I use my old cleanser now my skin feels very dry and flakey afterwards and the scrub is great at removing that. Also I can use up all the old out of date baking powder in my cupboard!

    Anyone else used this?
  2. Wire9Vintage

    Wire9Vintage A-List Customer

    I've done that and love how it feels. It's cheap, easy, and really does lead to nice soft skin. Best of all, it rinses off so cleanly!
  3. I've used baking soda. I like it, very clean and smooth.

    But I am mildly convinced that either baking soda, vinegar, almond oil, and cornstarch can replace almost any type of household cleaner or beauty product that exists.
  4. ^ I wouldn't doubt it a bit, sheeplady!
  5. W-D Forties

    W-D Forties Practically Family

    It's certainly the best textured scrub I have used. Most of the synthetic ones are either like rubbing your face with gravel or barely there!
  6. Classydame

    Classydame One of the Regulars

    I just started using it regularly and I love it! I was at the makeup counter the other day and asked for facial scrub, the clerk let me try a sample of a real expensive scrub and the texture was just like that of baking soda. I will continue to use the "cheap" stuff.
  7. I have used baking soda mixed in with Cetaphil facial cleanser; it did a very nice job and rinsed off completely. It's been awhile, but I used to use Phillips Milk of Magnesium as a mask. Maybe I should try that again. I thought my oily skin would clear up when I grew up. I was wrong :(
  8. Although I know everyone's skin is different, but what I found helped my face get less oily was washing it less. I had a bad bit of acne about a year and a half ago, and switched to a moisturizing goat's milk soap, washing my face at night with the soap. In the morning I would just rinse my face with warm water (no soap). Honestly, the amount of oil I got after switching was easily 1/3 of what I had before. It took about a month, and although my skin was still oily, it's now not an oil slick oily after 4 hours. Now I am no longer using soap (I use OCM most nights or rinse with water, I rinse with water in the mornings), and it's gotten even better.
  9. bunnyb.gal

    bunnyb.gal Practically Family

    I tried it last night, mixed with some facial wash foam, and it did leave my face really baby soft. I'll try this routine a couple of times a week and see how it goes for a month or so...you may be on to a winner, here :).

    (Oh, I used it on my hands as well...followed by slatherings of cream. I have super-dry hands.)
  10. Barbigirl

    Barbigirl Practically Family

    I've used baking soda as a facial cleanser for years. I keep a tupperware thing of it in the shower, I also use it to brush my teeth about 50% of the time.
  11. W-D Forties

    W-D Forties Practically Family

    The best I have found for hands is olive oil plus salt. Scrubs virtually anything off and leaves your skin beautifully soft when your rinse it off. I saw a dead sea version of this at Costco and it cost a fortune! I'll stick to my cheapo home-made version!
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  12. bunnyb.gal

    bunnyb.gal Practically Family

    I'll give that I go sometime this week (after this cut on my hand heals - salt: shudder!), followed by the "Doris Day treatment" (sleeping with cotton gloves on). Cheers W-D!
  13. Flicka

    Flicka One Too Many

    I use sugar and olive oil as a scrub for my hands (also in the shower for a body scrub). Works beautifully too.
  14. I use white sugar mixed with a little water as my facial scrub. it's cheap and it works so well.
  15. Juliet

    Juliet A-List Customer

    I prefer oatmeal scrubs to all others. Possibly, because the skin on my face is rather sensitive and these do the trick without causing much redness.

    Oh, for my body I usually use coffee grounds and olive oil (or cream if I feel luxurious :D ).
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  16. indianasmith

    indianasmith New in Town

    Cream and coffee grounds I use as well for my body. It reallly makes the skin feel amazing afterwards. I also like to bath in milk. (1 pint of full milk/bath). Very good for your skin and also good for sensitive skin.
  17. Tatum

    Tatum Practically Family

    Here's another one for you, sweet body polish. Honey and brown sugar. Yummy also ;)

    ETA, honey is very hydrating for your skin. It makes a good face mask too.
  18. lframe

    lframe One of the Regulars

    I like to use powdered milk in the bath with a little essential oil (lavender) mixed in a little grapeseed oil. Just a touch of the oil though. While I'm
    soaking, I like to coat my face in yogurt if it's really irritated, or egg white if I need some tightening.
  19. Tenuki

    Tenuki One of the Regulars

    Like Juliet, I like the oatmeal scrub, which is very soothing, but it couldn't hurt to try the baking soda at least once. I'd not heard of using it as a scrub before.
  20. Retro_GI_Jane

    Retro_GI_Jane One of the Regulars

    I tried the baking soda and had to drop it. It was too harsh on my skin and made me peel badly around my nose, chin and upper cheeks! Moisturizing afterwards to try and curb the peeling wasn't cutting it either so I ended up finding a recipe for an olive oil based sugar scrub that I've been using and have had much better luck. It fits in better with my OCM routine as well since I've been using cold cream and olive oil to remove make-up and clarify my face.

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