Facial Scrub with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda

See why makeup artists and celebrities use Arm and Hammer baking soda facial scrubs for beautiful skin

Facial scrubs with Arm and Hammer baking soda is a cheap and effective secret used by makeup artists and celebrities (like Emma Stone).

Why do they love facial scrub?

Because Arm and Hammer baking soda is an incredible natural exfoliant. It’s just gritty enough to gently massage and remove dirt, oil, and excess dead skin cells.

Makeup artists use Arm & Hammer baking soda for beautiful skin.

And, it won’t irritate or 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.

Beauty hacks: How it works

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!

How makeup artists use baking soda to make scrubs

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:

  1. Mix a handful of Arm and Hammer baking soda and a few drops of your favorite cleanser, oil, or water until it's formed a paste like consistency.
  2. Massage all over your face (don’t forget your neck and chest area too!)
  3. Rinse very well to remove all traces of the mixture.
  4. Dry your skin lightly.
  5. Apply your favorite moisturizer and/or sunscreen and let it soak in.
  6. Then with your fingers (fingers are better to warm up the foundation and help it melt into the skin) 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.

How often to use Arm and Hammer scrubs

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...hat’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.

Final take: Facial scrub with arm and hammer baking soda

Using a scrub with baking soda has a lot of benefits. But, it's important to listen to your skin and pay attention to how it reacts, as everyone is different.

Some of the potential benefits of using Arm and Hammer baking soda on your skin:

Exfoliation: Baking soda is a mild abrasive, which means it can help to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This can help to improve the appearance of your skin and make it feel smoother.

Soothing irritated skin: Baking soda can help to soothe itchy, irritated skin. This may be helpful for people with conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn. .

However, it's important to note that there is limited scientific evidence to support these benefits. Also, a baking soda scrub can be drying and irritating if used too often, or you scrub too hard. So use it with caution.

Here are some tips for using baking soda on your skin safely:

  • Do a patch test first. 
  • Limit use to a few times per week.
  • Rinse thoroughly after use.
  • Moisturize your skin after using baking soda.

As always, if you have any concerns about using a facial scrub with baking soda on your face, talk to your doctor.