Thursday, July 29, 2010

Toiletry Tips Part Three: Adios Facial Scrub!

A couple of week ago I shared about no longer using shampoo, but washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar instead.

Well, we ran out of Aveeno face scrub around that time, and I've been debating about whether to replace it or not ever since. I was really questioning the necessity of special face cleaners. Then one day this week as I was washing my hair with baking soda, I remembered I thought about its abrasive quality. I already use it for scrubbing the sink, pots and pans, and even the bathtub.

I thought I'd try it on my face, not rubbing too hard or too long of course. The results were great! My skin felt so smooth and fresh. I looked it up to find it's a common practice. I did see a couple of people saying it burned if you have an open sore, but I think that would be true for just about anything!

I'm not sure it's best to use any kind of scrub on your face everyday, even though I do it, and I'm sure you should rub very gently, but I can find nothing, on line at least, that gives reason not to do it! This will save money and unnecessary packaging waste!

Scratch face scrub off my list! It's getting shorter by the week!

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  1. Baking Soda works really well as a face mask for people who have acne. You take about a teaspoon of baking soda & enough water to make a paste and then apply it to your face and rinse off after 10 minutes, but Baking Soda isn't good for people who have sensitive skin, because mixing it with water is a chemical reaction.

    For a good facial scrub, try sugar. Mix it with Olive Oil or Honey. And I like to put in a little lemon juice as well, because the acid in the juice has exfoliating properties as well. (And, the scrub tastes good! I got a little on my lips when I was using it). If you have oily skin, use jojoba oil instead of olive oil.

    Here's a link to an article I put on my blog awhile ago with a recipe. But like I mention a lot on my blog, the beauty of homemade beauty remedies, is that you have freedom to change the ingredients!

  2. I've done this too! The only thing is that I found it to be kind of drying. Sugar works well (brown sugar is especially good for skin because of the chemicals in molasses), especially if you use a light oil first, like jojoba oil, then scrub with the sugar.

  3. I haven't used any kind of face scrub or cleanser in years now :) I frequently get compliments on what wonderful skin I have (I'm just a hair under forty and my skin still looks just about as good as it did in my wedding photos at 24) I wash my face with (gasp) soap!! at night and in the morning I just splash vigorously with hot water in the shower. I apply a daily moisturizer after showering and that's about it for my face care regimen!

    A textured washcloth makes a great gentle exfoliator used on its own. I know I've read it's not a good idea to use scrubs too often as it can irritate your skin.

    BTW, did you get the clothing photos I emailed you last week?

  4. Anastazia-thanks for the sugar idea! I definitely have oily acne prone skin so I'm glad to hear it will work for me!

    brie-yeah...I'm still using my oil free moisturizer...I seriously am going to try the sugar!

    Karen-As a emailed you (wanted to share here too) I'm so glad to hear you use just soap. The couple of weeks between running out of face wash and trying baking soda I used just plain old bar soap and a little scrub on the t zone with terry cloth. It certainly didn't cause any ill effects, and I have acne prone skin. I do still use moisturizer too (when I remember :) I love simplicity! So now I'm going to mostly use just soap with an occasional gentle baking soda scrub. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Amy - just wanted to let you know I didn't get your email - must have bounced for some reason. My email seems to be a bit touchy lately! So if there's anything important in there can you resend? Or send me a DM on Twitter!

  6. I've heard of using baking soda for zits before.

    I like the brown sugar idea.

  7. Hi, I'm following back from! These are such great tips! I look forward to reading more.

  8. Sounds interesting. I'll try it.

    I'm now following you back from Milking the Issue.


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