Country Lore: Baking Soda Face Mask

Cleanse and exfoliate with a baking soda face mask for less than a penny per application.

baking soda face mask

Two parts baking soda and 1 part water is all you need to get fresh-faced with a baking soda face mask.

PHOTO: CHURCH & DWIGHT

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For a super-easy, super-cheap face mask, mix 2 parts baking soda with 1 part water. Help open your pores with a hot, wet washcloth before applying the paste all over your face, just as you would a regular face mask. Leave it on about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, rubbing in circular motions.

This ridiculously easy baking soda mask costs less than a penny! Plus, it exfoliates and clarifies as well as my favorite purifying mask, Origins’ natural charcoal mask: $21 for 3 1/2 ounces.

Tabitha Alterman
Harlem, New York

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12/10/2010 12:28:40 AM

Don't use baking soda on your face. Because baking soda is extremely alkaline, and as such, when applied to one’s skin – especially the delicate skin on one’s face – it completely and utterly destroys the natural acid mantle of one’s skin. This acid mantle helps to maintain the delicate PH-balance of the skin. When this acid mantle has been disturbed or removed, it raises the risk of bacteria and infection getting into the flesh that you inadvertently rubbed raw by cleansing/exfoliating your face with baking soda. It also exposes your skin to more harmful UV rays.