Why do makeup artists and celebrities (like Emma Stone) use Arm and Hammer baking soda skin scrubs?
Because it’s an incredible natural exfoliant. It’s just course enough to gentle massage and remove dirt, oil, and excess dead skin cells.
But, it’s not too course so it won’t cause irritation or over strip skin’s natural protective oil barrier.
Plus, it’s a chemical buffer, which means it can neutralize the pH environment – bring it into the proper pH balance.
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Basically, it’s mild and gently enough to remove grease and dirt as well exfoliate rough patches and dead cells due to its mild abrasive quality.
So if you suffer from blackheads, clogged pores, pimples, or oily skin it might be worth giving it a try.
Unlike artificial scrubs - baking soda starts out slightly course, but after a few minutes (once it’s mixed with any liquid) it begins to dissolve and soften.
So add just enough to create a comfortable scrub.
There is no fear about damaging the outer skin layer because this compound isn’t that rough.
This is one of the many advantages of using baking soda, unlike many of the over-the-counter exfoliating products that contain crushed walnut shell hulls which do not dissolve in water and can scratch and damage the upper dermis.
Plus, it has anti-fungal activity which is great for those with skin issues like breakouts!
One of the biggest problems with any makeup foundation is its ability to “melt” into the skin and look smooth and natural.
When the skin’s canvas is smooth as glass, almost any foundation will adhere to the surface and look like your own skin……..isn't that what all want from our makeup?
Most all makeup artists agree starting out with the smooth surface is best. So, they would always exfoliate first before applying makeup.
Now, depending on your age, you may need to exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times a week to keep your complexion free from patchy dead skin areas.
So prior to your applying your makeup ---- make a small amount of paste using Arm and Hammer baking soda (using either water or your favorite creamy cleanser).
The amount used can vary depending on your preference and needs. I generally use a handful of baking soda and mix enough cleanser to get a gritty paste like concoction.
You can vary the amount as you see fit.
Then massage all over your face (don’t forget your neck and chest area too!) Then rinse very well to remove all traces of the mixture.
Dry your skin, apply your favorite moisturizer, sunscreen or whatever you normally use.
Then with your fingers (fingers are better IMO to warm up the foundation and help it melt into the skin) and apply your foundation as you normally would.
You’ll notice your makeup goes on much easier and smoother.
Finish with a second application of moisturizer if you’re older or have dry skin. Or apply a thin layer of finishing powder if you normally need one.
I don’t have oily skin, but have been using baking soda for over 25 years with no problems, dryness, or irritation.
I generally use it a minimum once/twice a week, more often during the summer months when I’m sweating more or using a lot of gooey, pore clogging sunscreen.
Once you start, you’ll know instinctively when you need to exfoliate again.
Because you’ll actually feel the little bumps and dry patches of dead skin with your fingers as you wash your face.
Plus, over time, you’ll notice that your skin doesn't have that polished, beautiful glow………that’s your sign it’s time to exfoliate again!
Now, since everyone is different you’ll have to discover for yourself what works best.
Try a small amount in a small area of the skin first to see how you react before incorporating baking soda into your skin care regime.
Please let us know how you like the Arm and Hammer baking soda scrub….
There are some (very few) who don’t care for it.
Like I've said before I've been using it since my late 20s and I love it even more now that I’m in my 50s (oh my gosh…............am I really that old??? Yikes!)
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