Baking soda: your best friend or your worst enemy depending on how you use it. It's true, you'll read blog posts and watch YouTube tutorials that tell you it's HORRIBLE to use on your face, and then the next one says it's the best invention since the selfie stick.
The bottom line with everything regarding skin care (we're learned) is to read both sides, weight it out for yourself, and TRY it! So here are a few do-s and don't-s that we have adopted into our Notox skin care library:)
Use baking soda as a paste with water: just because baking soda is NATURAL, doesn't mean it isn't powerful! You'll find that using plain old baking soda with water on your face may give you a smooth, silky feeling on your skin immediately following application, but your skin WILL pay for it! It's just WAY too "basic". LOL for real though. It's on the opposite end of the acid-basic spectrum & can totally throw off the pH of your face, leading to dry patches, acne, redness, and yucky-no-good-skin.
Use products containing baking soda: a good product will contain a little bit of baking soda, which works so magically with other natural ingredients. Not to brag but... our Dirty Girl face polish is a great example of this! There are amazing skin benefits for baking soda, like mild exfoliation, smoothness, de-congesting the pores, and helping clear out blackheads. But as with everything, balance is key.
Use baking soda products every day: labels- read them! A good company will always make sure you know how often to use your powerful, natural goodies. And again, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's weak!
Use your baking soda products 1-2 times a week: your esthetician or your favorite blogger will agree with us on this, you shouldn't exfoliate more than twice a week. EVER. Once a week is optimal, but for excessively oily skin you can slide by with two times. This includes any baking soda products. You'll find that you WANT to reach for that product more often, but resist the urge! Too much of a good thing can have the reverse effect (as we mentioned above). Allow your skin enough time between uses to bounce back. You've just taken off a lot of dead skin, which is NOT a daily process! We recommend waiting AT LEAST 3 days in between "baking soda" days (or Dirty Girl days).
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