If you’re a fashion/style magazine junkie (I am), you already know that microdermabrasion is a popular spa treatment that is supposedly giving all the stars that dewy, youthful skin we’re all jealous of.
I personally think makeup artists and photoshop may have a touch more to do with it, but hey, exfoliation is a good idea regardless.
That being said, I’m not about to splash out the ridiculous amounts of money this sort of treatment can cost you when you go to the spa…especially when I can get similar results for even less than a tube of off-brand apricot kernel scrub!
Want to try? Here’s what you need:
A small dish or bowl and lots of COCAINE!
…or baking soda. (hint: it’s always baking soda)
Scoop a good amount (a couple of tablespoons) of baking soda into your dish.
Add a few drops of water and mix
When mixing your water and baking soda, start with as little water as possible. I honestly just run my hand under the water and then use it to mix the baking soda without adding any other water. Doing that 2 or 3 times is usually enough to get the right consistency. We’re looking for a texture like wet clay.
Once your mix is to the right consistency, begin to use it to scrub your face. Work in small circles and BE GENTLE. This works a lot more quickly than you’ll expect and you won’t be able to feel how much skin you’re taking off until afterwards. The first few times you do this, I’d suggest a very heavy handed “less is more” approach. Seriously. I accidentally gave myself baking-soda-burn the first time I did it.
Scrub each part of your face for a few seconds and then use cool water to rinse off. Another reason to go lightly on the scrubbing at first is that you’re going to get even more exfoliation while washing the baking soda off.
If you have any extra left, this is also a great treatment for making your hands incredibly soft, and there’s a lot less concern about hurting yourself here than there is with your face.
Once you’re done and all the baking soda is rinsed off, slather on the best moisturizer you have. You’ve just exposed a brand new layer of skin and you want to treat it right!
This is best done towards the end of the day, since the scrubbing makes your skin red and any exfoliation makes you temporarily more sun sensitive. Sleep it off and enjoy your extra smooth skin in the morning!
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you in the comments.