Baking soda is no longer just for making fluffy biscuits or scrubbing away tough messes. This kitchen multi-tasker is quickly becoming a popular skincare product as well, thanks to its cleansing and exfoliating properties. With just three ingredients (that you already have!) you can brighten and tighten your skin with a DIY baking soda face mask.
Is baking soda good for skin?
Yes! Baking soda has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also, its gritty texture helps remove the dead skin cells that trap excess oil and grime that cause breakouts. Overall, it’s a great product for your skin—as long as it is used correctly. Being a powerful exfoliator, it’s best not to scrub your skin with baking soda. Apply it gently so that you can carefully exfoliate without damaging your skin.
Although some people simply mix water and baking soda to make a mask, we love the addition of honey and lemon. Lemon is antibacterial, honey is naturally hydrating and baking soda is anti-inflammatory. In other words, this trio of ingredients can help to cleanse, soothe, moisturize and take away redness.
Baking Soda Face Mask
What you’ll need
- Juice from 1/2 lemon (or 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil)
- 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Step 1: Mix
In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice (or essential oil), baking soda and honey. You want a paste-like consistency. If it’s too runny, add more baking soda. If it’s too thick, you can thin it out with a little water.
Step 2: Apply to face
Remove all makeup and dirt with a gentle face wash and pat skin dry. Gently apply the mask mixture to your face using your fingers or a makeup brush. Be careful not to scrub.
Step 3: Relax
Let the mask sit on your face for about 5-15 minutes. You might feel some light tingling and tightening. I recommend applying in the morning and whipping up a breakfast smoothie while you wait!
Step 4: Rinse and Moisturize
Remove the mask with gentle circular motions using warm water and a soft washcloth. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.
Not in the DIY mood? Pick up one of these Biore Blue Agave Baking Soda masks at Target for less than $5!
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