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How to Exfoliate Skin with Baking Soda
The natural skin exfoliation process needs some assistance from our side occasionally. You can either visit a spa and spend a fortune or use some home remedies to exfoliate skin and make it look radiant. Baking soda is one of those household products that can be used for exfoliating skin. It is easily available and inexpensive too.
Sonia Nair
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
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It is natural for the body to shed dead skin cells, to reveal the new healthy ones. This physiological process may sometimes slow down due to various factors, thereby making the skin look dull. As compared to other skin types, dead cells accumulate faster in dry skin and hinder the shedding process as well as moisture absorption. In oily skin, the natural exfoliation process is hindered as the dead cells get sticky, making it difficult to shed.
The same happens in case of aging, wherein the whole process of cellular renewal slows down dramatically. If you are among those people, who rely on homemade beauty products; baking soda can be of great help.

It is a common fact that baking soda makes cakes and cookies fluffy. It can also work wonders for your skin. Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, which facilitates manual removal of dead skin cells with its abrasive ingredient. (Chemical exfoliants remove the dead skin cells by loosening the bond between those cells and the skin, with the help of acids or enzymes in it.) Baking soda is best for exfoliating skin, as it is a fine powder, and is usually not associated with any skin irritation.
Tips to Use Baking Soda as a Skin Exfoliant
using baking soda as a skin exfoliant
✿ Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with some water to make a smooth paste. You may use a water-based cleanser instead of water.

✿ Splash some water on the face as it is best to apply the scrub on moist skin. Use your fingertips to apply the scrub, but leave the skin surrounding the eyes, eyebrows and mouth.

✿ Now gently rub your face in circular motions, for about 30 seconds. It is better to cover small areas, rather than trying to scrub the whole face in a single circular motion.
✿ Concentrate more on areas with blackheads or whiteheads (especially the T-zone). But never overdo scrubbing, as it may harm the skin.

✿ Once you finish scrubbing, rinse off the paste with water. Make sure that you have removed the baking soda paste completely. Pat dry and moisturize well.

After exfoliation, the skin will become smooth, soft and glowing. Regular exfoliation is believed to be vital for maintaining a radiant and healthy skin.
Is it Safe to Use Baking Soda on Skin?
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Usually, baking soda does not cause any adverse effect, when applied on the skin. People with sensitive skin, may develop tingling, slight itching, burning or redness. In such cases, you may either discontinue its use or try again with a reduced dose of baking soda. Such symptoms may develop due to excessive scrubbing too. So scrub your skin for only 30 seconds and wash off the paste immediately. If the symptoms still appear the next time, avoid use of baking soda on your skin.
Others can repeat skin exfoliation at regular intervals (once a week). Scrubbing should always be done gently and moderately, so as to avoid any harm to the skin. Make sure that you avoid skin exfoliation, when your skin is sensitive (after shaving or waxing). This skin exfoliant should not be used, if you have cuts or scratches on the skin.

If you think that you are prone to such side effects, it is better to take a patch test beforehand. Apply a small amount of baking soda paste on a small patch on the inner elbow. Wait for at least 20 minutes, before you rinse with water. If you develop adverse reactions within the next 24 hours, avoid use of baking soda on skin. Baking soda is also said to be an effective remedy for acne. It may reduce the redness associated with acne, but may not clear up the condition. It is better to consult a dermatologist and clear your doubts about the effectiveness of baking soda in remedying such skin conditions.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.