Baking soda isn't a skincare product - it's a household cleaning chemical.
I've been reading a lot lately about an "easy celebrity beauty trick" that has me VERY concerned.
It might even be one you do yourself...
Because there are THOUSANDS of articles on the internet right now saying how great it is for your skin... and how many celebrities SWEAR by it for fresh, glowing skin...
And all of these articles are VERY WRONG!
I consulted with one of the members in my group who happens to be a Dermatologist and she told me all the reasons you SHOULD NOT being doing this to your skin.
Some people like to call it "at-home microdermabrasion"... but what it boils down to is exfoliating your face with baking soda.
It seems to make sense at first glance...
Not every DIY you see on the internet is a good thing! Cheap is not always the best way to go - It could cause you more in the end!
Baking soda is mildly abrasive, but not incredibly gritty... so texture-wise, wouldn't it be perfect for clearing away dull, dead skin cells?
Well sure, the texture is great... but the chemistry is ALL WRONG.
"Let me explain...
You see, your skin's chemical makeup is mildly acidic, and it works hard to stay that way. Read more about PH in my blog "Balance Your Body"
It has to maintain a very specific pH level in order to have the correct balance of good bacteria's, oils, and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
That's why every single skincare product on the market is pH balanced before ANYTHING else - because the wrong pH is a recipe for damaged skin.
But baking soda isn't a skincare product - it's a household cleaning chemical.
And it's NOT the right acidity for your skin... as you may know; it's actually not acidic at ALL! It's basic - the complete opposite.
So when you put baking soda on your skin, it cancels out all of the "good" things your skin is doing on its own...
It messes with skin's probiotic balance, oil production, texture, and even its molecular composition.
Now unfortunately, some people have found this out, but were DETERMINED to continue scrubbing their skin with baking soda...
The same stuff my husband used to clean my car's headlights last weekend...
So they decided to be clever and turn some OTHER chemicals under their sink into an even more disastrous skincare experiment...
By rinsing the baking soda off with VINEGAR!
My dermatolagist told me one of her longtime clients tried this, thinking she could "cancel out" the damage she was doing with the baking soda...
She said she came in the next day with facial burns.
Vinegar is TOO acidic for skin... so washing baking soda off with vinegar is like fighting fire with fire.
Just don't do it, it just isn't worth it!
So how are you supposed to get that same smooth, glowing skin, in the comfort of your own home?
My advice is to find an exfoliating cleanser that has a similar texture to a baking soda paste - slightly sandy, with extremely small grains.
This will help buff away dead skin cells and pore-clogging impurities to reveal bright, healthy skin.
But remember: If you can see the exfoliating grains or beads, they're too big. They could actually scrape your face, causing micro damage that will age you in the long-run. I use Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint. It is not only gentle enough to use every other day but it is CHEMICAL FREE and only cost $16.75 wholesale.
If you prefer to DIY, a mask made of honey and plain yogurt can be great for cleansing and re-balancing the good bacteria in your skin.
Or - there's always microdermabrasion. It's way more expensive, and it's not an everyday treatment - but lots of ladies and gents love it if you can afford to do once a month for the best benefits.
However you choose to exfoliate, just remember -
anything you use to clean grout, shouldn't be used to clean your face!
pH Balanceaffects everything from healthy cells to cancer cells to soil quality and ocean life is affected bybalanced pH. The body maintains a delicate acid-alkalinebalance. Your body’s pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in your system. The body continually strives to BALANCE it’ pH. When the balance is compromised, many problems in our health can occur. Your pH ratio is measure on a scale of 0-14, the lower the pH the more acidic and the higher the pH the more alkaline. As you can see by the graphic, a health body pH range between 6.0 and 7.5.
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