Facial Baking Soda - My Personal Review

>> Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yes, the best things in life do not have to be expensive. It can be free, but mostly it can be cheap. You will be pleasantly delighted when you find that the baking soda that is used for cooking purposes, can be used for your face. I have been thinking and procrastinating about posting a personal review on this great use of baking soda for the face, and I don't know why.

I think maybe I just want the best of baking soda for myself, but who knows. To tell you a bit about baking soda, I recommend that you go to the kitchen or bug your mother or whoever that holds the kitchen duty seriously. Trust me, that person will be able to throw the box of baking soda to you (hopefully not to your face) before I even finish typing this sentence.

For those of you who have kitchens but don't really see the need to use them and don't really have private chefs working on them, you may not be so lucky. Let me grab a photo of the good old baking soda for your eyes only.

Facial Baking Soda

Does it look like something that you use to get high? Yes, but trust me, these are not those. Try not to confuse baking soda with baking powder as the latter is acidic and drying. You do not want to be using baking powder for any facial treatment at all. Write that down. Baking soda is purely sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3 for chemist-wannabes out there (Not to insult the genuine ones).

Since this is my personal review, I can't say that the use of baking soda will give the best positive effects for everybody. I have very oily T-zone and dry spots around my cheeks. When I say that my face is oily, it is really oily. It gets oily in a matter of seconds after I wash it. It is like an oil factory. I have been teased by one of my dearest friends who keep saying that I could make millions if the oil on my face has the same value as the oil in Saudi Arabia.

For the purpose of writing about my experience with baking soda, right before I started typing I have made a mixture of it and rubbed it gently all over my face. The mixture of the baking soda can be prepared easily. You do not need to so obsessive-compulsive about getting the right amount of baking soda or water to be mixed together. What you need is a practical brain.

Get some of the baking soda, say a small spoon of it on the palm of your left hand and use your right hand to take some drops of water to turn the whole thing into a paste just nice to be put on your face.

So, right now I am actually typing and looking like this:


Facial Baking Soda - My Personal Review

Though that's not really me, but that is basically how you will look like as the baking soda dries on your face. You must let the whole mask of baking soda dry properly on your face before you wash them.

I have mine on, for already close to 15 minutes. You can touch your face and feel it when it is already dried. If this is your first time trying baking soda for your face, expect some amount of burning sensation when you first apply it on your face. As it dries, you will notice that the freaking tingling sensation goes away. There is no need to call the paramedics for this.

Try not to talk or move your jaw during the process. Right now, I think mine has dried just nicely, and so I will head to the bathroom to wash the baking soda off of my face. You can exfoliate gently as you do this. Towel dry with a clean facial towel and ask yourself if you feel that the baking soda has done good to your skin.

For me, I immediately experience a nice pore-tightening effect. I have been cursed with large pores, so I consider this as a blessing, and so should you. My face looks brighter and the baking soda's cleansing and exfoliating effect on my skin is evident as I run my fingers on my face and feel that it is extremely free from oil (most importantly). This too is a blessing as I can't get my facial cleanser to give this mind-blowing similar result. What do you have to say about that?

So, now you may ask: What are the positive effects that we can get from the regular use of baking soda for our high-maintenance face?

1. Since baking soda are tiny sand-like particles, its great as an exfoliating agent. It helps to get rid of the layer of dead skin cell on your face that if left accumulated overtime gives you that dull, and less radiant look. Regular use will give you a much brighter complexion.

2. Baking soda is mildly alkaline which is most suitable for the skin of your face. I have pimple trouble just like many of you who are reading this. I can tell you confidently that it helps with my pimples. I don't have much break outs anymore. This is not scientifically proven, though. So don't quote me though I am a scientist.

3. If you have redness due to acne problems, there is a fat chance that the use of baking soda regularly will help reduce the appearance of redness and make you look less like a clown.

4. Baking soda is environmental friendly as it does not contain harsh chemicals that may be present in your soaps and facial cleansers. If you want to be actively protecting the environment from the lunacy of our species, the use of baking soda regularly will be a statement for that. I am not joking.

5. If you have facial oil overproduction capacity that makes a joke out of the global oil dilemma, you will benefit most through the regular use of baking soda. I am a living proof of that.

I hope you'll enjoy experimenting with baking soda and get the best results out of it. Come on, it is cheap. You don't need to be stingy.

Tell me if you like it too. :)

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15 comments:

whiteviolet,  August 13, 2009 at 2:09 AM  

i use neutrogena extra gentle cleanser & eucerin's aqua moisturiser..i'v never had a break-out for over a year now..my skin is like yours too..oily t-zone..i needed to use oil blotters every half hour or so..then i read online somewhere about the skin being sensitive to environment exposure, hence the reactions i.e break-outs, oily skin, etc..and one should not use too many kinds of facial product on the skin..i used to adhere to a strict regimen of cleanse, mask, toner, serum AND moisturiser..then i switched to just cleanser & moisturiser..that's it and my skin started to show better signs of life..just the occasional zit during that time of month and that's all..

Written August 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

Hi whiteviolet (ML) :)

Thanks for dropping by. I am glad that your skin is much better now. The thing is I never adhered to any strict facial regimen.

My face is just oily. Just like you, I still use oil blotters. But the crazy face of mine still gets oily. And the weather is hot, it gets oilier faster. hehe

Maybe I'll try out the eucerin aqua cleanser :) Do you use any matte cream products? Just really curious. Thanks for sharing!

Another Blogger August 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

Free or at least its cheap, like it. And to reach that you did a little research, nice!

Written August 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Thanks Latief,

I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for coming by..:]

vision2eyes@gmail.com August 19, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

great blog keep up the good work

Written August 20, 2009 at 2:13 AM  

Thank you for commenting vision2eyes :)

whiteviolet,  August 23, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

matte cream product? used to..worked for a day or two..then after that the cream gave up fighting the oil on the skin..left my skin even drier..heck i even tried SKII for a few months..talk about desperate measures..sadly, nothing..i guess different products work for different people, is all..

Written August 24, 2009 at 4:45 AM  

Hi whiteviolet (ML),

Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. I think I'll just stick to the natural products and mild cleanser..and watch what's on my diet :)

You're right that different products work for different people. I totally agree with this.

The same with Baking soda, it may help some people, it may not make any difference to others. Please experiment with it Wisely :)

Treasure Box August 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

definitely will try this..so this is ur beauty secret eh..?:)))

Written August 30, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Hi Treasure Box (Wid)

Hey, Thanks for stopping by dear.
I so miss you lots.

You already have a beautiful skin, I bet you don't need all this baking soda suffs apart from making them cookies and cakes for your little baby :p

x0x0

maame ama adumea April 14, 2011 at 3:12 AM  

hi I'm maame ama 'I've been searching for a remedy to my facial pores. I've heard about neutrogena but I'm not interest in cosmetics I want something natural and thanks cos I wish to use the baking soda after all my fears.

maame ama adumea April 14, 2011 at 3:14 AM  

thanks cos I KNOW it will work

Anonymous,  May 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM  

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for this... I'm going on 23 and still struggling with oily, acne-prone skin. I just tried this for the first time and I can already tell that my face is much less oily, so I'm looking forward to seeing some results from doing it regularly. I always hated using acne creams, etc. because they usually don't work and they're full of weird chemicals... So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Francis Foo June 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM  

I just tried it on my skin and I absolutely loved it. There was a tingling sensation the first time I applied the paste onto my face and I was worried that it'd damage my skin. After a while, like you mentioned, the tingling sensation was gone and I loved how it tightened my skin. I loved how it sucked up the oil and kept it shine free without overdrying it. Simply amazing product ! And it's cheap. Next week, I am trying out a deep sea salt mask, which is real cheap too. I am trying to get rid of blackheads on one side of my face. Hope the masking will work ! Cheers to brighter skin days!!!

Anonymous,  June 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM  

I just tried it on my skin and I absolutely loved it. There was a tingling sensation the first time I applied the paste onto my face and I was worried that it'd damage my skin. After a while, like you mentioned, the tingling sensation was gone and I loved how it tightened my skin. I loved how it sucked up the oil and kept it shine free without overdrying it. Simply amazing product ! And it's cheap. Next week, I am trying out a deep sea salt mask, which is real cheap too. I am trying to get rid of blackheads on one side of my face. Hope the masking will work ! Cheers to brighter skin days!!!

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