Save Money by Exfoliating with Baking Soda

Here's a quick and easy tip I picked up from Paula Begoun, author of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me and The Beauty Bible. I'm a huge fan of her work because after dealing with 10+ years of not being able to control my skin, her advice, product reviews, and line of skin care products finally cleared up my skin--something that dermatologists, pills, and expensive creams were never able to do. They just irritated my skin, not to mention my wallet.

Exfoliating your face occasionally will help prevent breakouts and remove the unsightly flaking that can plague skin during dry winter weather. Instead of paying extra money for a facial exfoliant that is probably too harsh for the delicate skin on your face (despite what the manufacturer would have you believe), just add a little bit of baking soda to some Cetaphil (an excellent mild face wash that I use twice a day), mix with your fingertips, massage in circles all over your face, and rinse. For a gentler exfoliant, simply use more Cetaphil and less baking soda in your mixture. If you already use Cetaphil (you should!) and you already have baking soda in your home, using this recipe is like getting a beauty product for free and will save you $3 - $30, depending on how much you typically spend on facial cleansers. And if you don't normally buy exfoliating products, now you have a new skin solution you can try risk-free.

(If you don't already use Cetaphil, you can get a large 16 ounce bottle for about $9 at Target. You can decrease the cost by buying a smaller bottle (although that will cost you more per ounce) or buying a store brand, which in my experience is just as good.)


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Kim said...

I saw Paula many years ago on a tv show talking about using baking soda and have been using it ever since. I use a generic version of Cetaphil from either Kmart or Rite Aid and it is almost half the price. Plus they often have a buy one get one free on it. Cant beat that. I just recently found your blog...good job! I need to go back and read more of your past articles. :-)

Pinky Bean said...

Hi there!

I know this is an older article, but I thought it was a great tip our readers might benefit from, so I posted a link to it:

Thanks for the idea. I started using Cetaphil about a month ago and absolutely love it. I'm so glad I can make it a multi-purpose product (cleanser + exfoliator) so easily!