When baking soda started popping up in almost every face cleaner out there recently, I became curious about it since it’s a common household thing and very frugal. I discovered that since baking soda is a base (as in non-acidic), it can be very gentle on your skin, so it can be a great way to exfoliate it. Some people just use water and baking soda to exfoliate with, but my concern with that is that it would be too harsh and dry me out way too much. I set out to make a good gentle exfoliant that would be OK for most skin types. I think this three ingredient DIY baking soda scrub is perfect for most people!
Other than baking soda, I wanted to have some ingredients that would allow it to be gentler on the skin than just the water/baking soda combo and I decided the most obvious ingredient needed to be coconut oil. Coconut oil contains antioxidants so it is excellent for the skin.
The third ingredient I included was rosehip oil. It has been known for it’s anti-aging and help with dark spots as well as keeping free radicals that can cause damage out.
To make this DIY baking soda face scrub more helpful for blemish prone skin, you can also add a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil to it. Now, a couple words of warning with this DIY product; Do NOT exfoliate/ use more than 2-3 times a week and cut back to once a week if you find it too drying or it is causing issues. This scrub should NOT be used as a daily cleanser because it can be too harsh for your skin, stripping it of too much natural oil, if used too often, no matter what your skin type is. Additionally, if you find you are getting redness, or uncomfortable reactions to it, it’s likely the baking soda is the culprit. This can happen even if you don’t think you are allergic to it. Use sparingly at first if you have questions on skin sensitivity and baking soda.
If your skin is oily, you may be wondering if adding oils to it will be harmful or compound the problem. The good news is, in most cases, your skin is over producing oil because it thinks it is dry, so adding oil can actually help it!
Now, lets make this DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub!
3 Ingredient DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub
You Will Need:
1/3 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup (unmelted) Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Rosehip Oil
How to Make DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub:
- Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for 15 seconds or over a double boiler on the stove. Add in your rosehip oil. Gently stir in your baking soda.
- You will be left with a paste and and shouldn’t be too thick. If it is, add 1/2 tsp of coconut oil (melted) until it is an easy to spread paste. If your paste is too thin, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda until you reach the right consistency.
- You can add essential oils to your mixture if you want for various skin needs, however, DO NOT add in citrus essential oil because it should never be used on the face due to the fact that it will cause sun burns very easily.
- To use, gently rub in circles on your face 2-3 times a week. Cut back to 1-2 times a week if you notice too much dryness or irritation. Rinse off well and pat your face dry. Also, always follow up with your favorite facial moisturizer.
- Store for 2-3 weeks in an airtight container.
Here are some suggestions for adding essential oils. Use 5-10 drops of each, but do not use more than 2 per batch because you will cause the consistency to become off if you do, plus, there is a such thing as too much of a good thing-
Geranium– for breaking down oils and helping blemishes
Tea Tree– For helping blemished skin
Roman Chamomile– For dry and sensitive skin
Lavender– For combination skin, to help balance
Frankincense– For dark spots
Rose– For redness and anti-aging
Essential Oils that should NEVER be used on the face due to photo-sensitivity and skin irritation-
-Citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon etc)