This was the first week back at school for my kids and it’s been a little crazy; I haven’t washed my face as well as I should have at night. If I don’t give my face a thorough cleaning at night, I tend to get a little oily and break out. Last night my son had a migraine, so in dealing with that, I crawled into bed with my makeup still on. This morning my skin looked, well, kind of dirty. I’ve done microdermabrasion treatments before and they work fairly well for fading some spots and clarifying pores, but they are pretty pricey for what they are.
So here’s my recipe that I used today for home microdermabrasion. Honestly, it’s remarkably similar to the real thing. And costs maybe $1 a treatment.
- 2/3 a cup baking soda
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 1 drop essential oil (this is optional – I just add it because it smells nicer – I used sweet orange oil)
That’s it? Yep, that’s it. I find it much more effective (and less scratchy) than a commercial facial scrub. The particles are much smaller so they do a better job of “buffing” the skin. The recipe above makes enough for two or three scrubs. It’s also great as a scrub for feet.
- Go slowly when adding water so you don’t overdo it. Remember you want the consistency of toothpaste.
- When applying it, do so in small slow circles. Don’t scrub, just swirl the mixture around; you don’t want to scratch your face.
- If you are new to essential oils, less is more. You don’t want to add more than a drop – it will be overpowering and could sting your face.
Another “pantry beauty” recipe you might like: Brown Sugar Scrub