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)

DIY Microdermabrasion Recipe

Add water until you get the consistency of toothpaste

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.

Have fun!

Another “pantry beauty” recipe you might like:  Brown Sugar Scrub



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  1. I have never thought of using baking soda as a scrub. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I’m just wondering if it burns any, because of the baking soda? Can anyone tell me?

    • Hi Shawnnita, it doesn’t, I promise. It is quite mild. You definitely don’t want to scrub hard, just light circular motions. And rinse with cool water. Didn’t burn me at all!

  3. Hi Tara, I’m just wondering how you would apply this? With my fingers? Or do I need a sponge or anything like that? Thanks!

  4. Corinne says:

    what are the steps for this? like, how long do you leave it on for? what do you apply with? should your face be freshly washed?

    • Hi Corinne, it’s not a mask so no need to leave it on for long. You can apply with fingertips and use a light circular motion like you would with a cleanser. Don’t scrub. Then just rinse off!

  5. Hi i was just wondering if i could use my Clarisonic Mia with this. I wasn’t sure if using that instead of my fingers would be too harsh. Thanks! (:

  6. I have been mixing it up a bit, adding papaya puree’, a drop of olive oil. Last night, I got too much liquid in the mix and did not want to add more baking soda. I spotted my Hersheys Cocoa Powder and remembered reading about the Hersheys Spa, where cocoa was used in all the treatments! So I dumped a bit o-cocoa in the mix and was treated to a very yummy smelling scrub. You could replace the water with milk, or add powdered milk to the mix as lactic acid is supposed to be very good for disolving the biological glue that holds dead cells together. I always add some kind of oil so the granules have a little lubrication.I usually make too much, so I use it all over my body to use it up. It works better on the face and softer skin of the sholders, chest, butt and upper thighs than on legs or arms.

  7. how long does this keep for? example, if i am giving as gift……..does it keep well? or a very short amount of time?


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