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to make: facial scrub

This isn’t so much a project as a quick little thing I use regularily: facial cleanser and baking soda facial scrub I have sensitive skin. Anything citrus-y or scrubby will irritate my face, and it’ll stay mad at me for a very, very long time. This combination is wonderful though! I feel like a cover girl model afterwards.

I first found out about this in a book by Paula Begoun, here’s what she has to say:

“Also, don’t forget that good old reliable baking soda can be used as a mechanical exfoliant over breakouts and blemishes. Wet your face and mix a small amount of baking soda (about the size of a dime) with your cleanser. Gently apply the cleanser to your face in a circular fashion, being careful not to over rub. Then rinse your face as usual.”

I also really like Paula’s facial cleanser and toner, they are the only one I’ve found that are fragrance free (I hate the fragrances put into facial products, haaate them). She gives it to you straight on sun damage.


10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 danisha // Jan 14, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    hi there! great site! :)the link above doesn’t work anymore though…

  • 2 jennifer p // Jan 21, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    love the site I have learned alot love that you are very detailed!!!! For someone like me I need that.

  • 3 lexi // Jan 30, 2007 at 10:00 am

    i really like dermalogica’s daily microfoliant. sooooo gentle and tho they say unscented, i think it has the nice clean sent of rice with a little lemongrass or something and i adore it. well. i adore everything they make. the dermal clay cleanser is soooooo wonderful. contact and they sell this stuff cheapest, and will send you loads of free samples.

  • 4 Corey // Oct 23, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I found the weblink at Great site I really like it.

  • 5 Maria M // Jan 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I love many of Paula’s products and have used her makeup and moisturizers for years.

  • 6 Marisa // Jan 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    BUMMER! the link doesn’t work! will you re-post this sometime? i’m always looking for a gentle face scrub.


  • 7 Anna // Apr 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I know this is a little late, given that the first comment is from a little over two years ago, however, for those reading it now, like myself, I recommend the BareEscentuals (sp?) mineral facewash. I have very sensitive skin and this stuff is amazing. It actually comes as a powder and you add a bit of water, scrub on, wipe off. It’s really improved my skin quite a bit in the little time that I have had it. Just thought I would share!

  • 8 Tanya // May 31, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I mix a pinch of baking soda with a small amount of honey to wash my face. Honey is antibacterial and the baking soda exfoliates. Try it!

  • 9 Maid Mirawyn // Aug 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve used rice powder, which I think is gentler. It’s worked well with my rosacea.

  • 10 Monika McDonald // Nov 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Try for cleansers and moisturizers without fragrance, dyes (which are the two leading skin irritants) or artificial preservatives.

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