But when I noticed a wrinkle beginning to form on my brow, three words popped into my head: WTF!?
I'm only 31. A wrinkle? Really? I used to hear older women complain about them, and would think to myself, big deal. It's a natural part of aging. Get over it already. I'd like to go back in time and smack 25 year old me in the face.
Still, I do not consider things like botox or plastic surgery as being options. They just creep me out. Therefore, I look for alternatives--something I can do myself at home that wont cost a fortune. And that is how I stumbled upon a very simple idea: baking soda.
Baking soda is a cheap exfoliant, which means that you can use it often without breaking the bank, and it will remove dead skin cells, revealing the beautiful, healthy skin beneath.
When you use baking soda, remember not to rub it in too hard. Just gently massage it over the face and neck--the little baking soda particles will do their work just as well when gently massaged. You can do this treatment as often as every other day, but once a week would probably suffice. I noticed a difference after the very first time that I tried this! I highly recommend it!
Basic Baking Soda Microdermabrasion Rub
1 teaspoon baking soda
enough filtered water to make a paste
Combine baking soda and water in a small bowl to make a paste. Using your fingertips, gently massage this paste into your face and neck, avoiding the delicate areas around they eyes. Use circular motions and apply only a light pressure while rubbing. Massage the baking soda into the skin for a few minutes. Then, rinse with warm water and pat the face dry.
Follow with a gentle toner and then a moisturizer. I have some recipes for toners and moisturizers in a past blog: Homemade Skin Care.
Now, if you are feeling quite ambitious, you can make an even more effective rub using an infusion of calendula petals and some essential oils.
Calendula and Baking Soda Microdermabrasion Rub
1 teaspoon baking soda
enough calendula infusion to make a paste
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop helichrysum essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl to form a paste. Using your fingertips, gently massage this paste into your face and neck, avoiding the delicate areas around they eyes. Use circular motions and apply only a light pressure while rubbing. Massage the baking soda into the skin for a few minutes. Then, rinse with warm water and pat the face dry. Follow with toner and moisturizer.
I also have a few more suggestions for keeping healthy looking facial skin:
- Coconut Oil: I have been using plain, raw coconut oil as a nightly moisturizer. After cleansing and toning at night, I gently massage about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil onto my face and throat. In the morning, I rinse my face with plain water and use my toner. Then, I mix a bit of my foundation with a little coconut oil, and apply my makeup.
- Pineapple Juice: This has fast become one of my favorite skin treatments, because like with the baking soda, I noticed an immediate improvement. You will need a fresh pineapple for this, as canned juice will not work--it has been heated, and this destroys the enzymes needed. Simply squeeze about a tablespoon of juice from a little chunk of pineapple. Gently rub this juice into the face and throat, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Water: No, not to apply to the skin. To drink! Stay hydrated. Water keeps the skin plump and healthy, so make sure to drink enough of it!
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