Blackheads -- pores impacted with dirt, oils and dead skin -- are a clear sign that your skin care routine isn't working. Your cleanser should effectively scrub away these items rather than allow them to take up residence in your pores. Baking soda's effects on your skin are threefold. First, it soothes skin. Second, it draws impurities out, which helps loosen and dislodge blackheads. Finally, its abrasive nature works to scrub away these impurities.
Rinse out a wide mouth jar to make sure it's free of dirt and debris. Use a simple bleach solution of 1 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water to disinfect the jar if it was previously a food container. This helps eliminate excess bacteria.
Fill the jar about halfway with baking soda. Break up any clumps.
Mix in 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture develops into a thick paste.
Add a few drops of acne-fighting essential oils if you also experience other types of breakouts. Tea tree oil may help clear and control acne. Tea tree oil is strong, so only use one drop per 4 tablespoons of baking soda.
Scoop out a palmful of your scrub. Spread it all over your face and neck and allow it to dry until it forms a crusty layer on your skin. Wet your hand with warm water. Work in small circles to gently scrub and exfoliate your skin with the baking soda. Rinse away with warm water. Repeat up to a few times a week, if your skin doesn't become irritated.
Store in a cool, dry place with the lid tightly closed. Use within two weeks, as the scrub contains no preservatives.
- Use a warm washcloth to steam open your pores before applying your scrub. To do so, wet a clean washcloth and place it in the microwave for 30-second intervals until it's warm but not hot. Lay it on your face until it cools and repeat.
- If you find your scrub too harsh or if baking soda irritates your skin, a variety of kitchen items can be used as exfoliants. Brown sugar, sea salt and crushed nuts or seeds also make effective scrubs. If they're too thin when made with water, consider mixing in honey, carrier oils or Castile soap to create a thicker scrub.
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