April 08, 2014

Lazy/beautiful: Scrubbing out the gunk

Sure you could splurge for a gold facial. Or a blood one.

Or you could hit up your pantry and linen closet.

Why the baking soda? It's coarse enough to exfoliate the top layer of skin cells without making your skin red and irritated. Add it to your regular face cleanser or make a paste with water and wash that gunk away.

Why the washcloth? For an extra-deep clean, soak a cloth in hot water after you finish washing your face. Wring out the excess water and drape the hot washcloth over your clean skin (or hold it as close as is comfortable). Using hot water is key: It opens your pores and loosens up dead skin cells. When you're done, wipe your face with the cloth to remove the dead skin. For an extra punch, splash your face with cold water, too!

After a couple of weeks, I've noticed a difference in my skin. It's softer. Pimples are smaller and less frequent. I'm happy with the results (and even happier to pocket the $10-15 that I'd usually use for a drugstore scrub).

Do you have any tips or tricks to getting the gunk out of your face? I'd love to hear them!

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