BAK­ING SODA

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

Good old sodium bi­car­bon­ate is best known for mak­ing cakes rise, but ac­cord­ing to beauty blog­gers, it also works won­ders as a deep-cleans­ing fa­cial mask. Do it your­self: I make a mask with one part bak­ing soda, two parts oat­meal, and just enough wa­ter to turn it into a paste. Get­ting the slurry on and o my face is a bitch, and bits of oat­meal rain down on my bath­room oor. orse, my skin is vis­i­bly pissed at me for sub­ject­ing it to this tor­ture. A call to US-based der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr El­iz­a­beth Tanzi con rms that us­ing bak­ing soda on sen­si­tive skin can cause dry­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion. Oops. New York facialist Joanna Var­gas says it works bet­ter as a black­head re­mover for those with oily skin. ‘Mix with warm wa­ter and ap­ply like an ex­fo­lia­tor af­ter you shower,’ she says. Leave it to the ex­perts: Un­like my home­spun treat­ment, Bioré’s bak­ing soda scrub not avail­able in South Africa blends al­ka­line bak­ing soda with citric acid to make a gen­tler, pH-bal­anced ex­fo­lia­tor. Since I’m still nurs­ing my parched, ir­ri­tated skin, GARNIER UL­TI­MATE BLENDSTHE SLEEK PER­FEC­TOR OIL R150; SOILUPLIFTING COCONUTBODYWASH R110; THE BODYSHOP COCONUTBEAUTIFYING OILR65; HASK CHARCOALPURIFYING SHAM­POO R150; DER­MA­LOG­ICA CHARCOALRESCUE MASQUE R790

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