Fancy facial scrubs are a fun indulgence from time to time, but a much cheaper option that’s just as effective: baking soda. “The tiny granules of sodium bicarbonate buff away pore-clogging dead skin cells and are gentle enough for all skin types,” explains Janice Cox, coauthor of Eco Beauty. “Plus, like many other natural salts, baking soda also has slightly antiseptic properties that will ward off breakouts.”
Cox’s suggestion: Make a thin paste with 4 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp water, let it sit for 2 minutes, then apply it in small, circular motions to your moistened face (avoiding the eye area) and neck. After 3 minutes, rinse clean with warm water and then follow up with a splash of cold water to close your pores. Finish with a dollop of your regular daily moisturizer. “Dry or sensitive skin types should only use this mask every other week,” says Cox. “Those with normal to oily skin can repeat the process weekly.”
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