Let's put this age old question finally to rest. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it renews itself on a regular basis. As old skin cells die and flake off, new ones grow to replace them.
Exfoliation simply helps this process along; by removing the dead cells from the surface of the skin it helps the new, healthy ones appear at the surface. A good exfoliant has to be effective enough to remove the old cells but not so harsh that it damages the newer growth underneath.
Although there are many different exfoliants on the market they fall into two broad categories:
- Chemical exfoliants such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid that work by burning away the top layers of skin.
- Physical exfoliants (like brushes or scrubs) that are designed to remove the skin cells from the top layer by physically scraping them off.
Baking soda falls under the category of physical exfoliants. It works by physically removing the top layer through the abrasive action of the particles within the baking soda mix. What makes it especially effective is that it is a fine, yet hard powder, making it highly effective at removing the dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation.
How To Use Baking Soda for Your Skin:
Baking soda is so versatile that you can use it as either a daily cleanser, as an exfoliator or even as a face mask.
Although many people swear by the use of baking soda for skin care on their faces and claim that using it makes their skin look younger, there are also other people who report that they have suffered side effects from this popular home remedy. Before using baking soda for your skin, please make sure to talk to your dermatologist.
Baking Soda Face Wash
Baking soda can be used as a facial cleanser to remove dead skin cells, oil or dirt from the skin. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.
To make a baking soda face wash simply take some non-gmo baking soda and place it in the palm of your hand. Add lukewarm water and mix to form a paste. Generally a ratio of two parts baking soda to one part water works best but experiment to find a consistency that works for you.
Dampen your face with lukewarm water and then gently, using your fingertips apply the baking soda paste all over your face before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water and then patting dry.