Monday, April 30, 2012

What I've Been Reading: April 2012

Question of the month: What's your best beauty tip/secret (aside from: drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen and taking off your make-up at night)?

My best beauty secret at the moment is....baking soda!
Exfoliation is important for healthy looking skin - but it's hard to figure out what to use...some favor natural exfoliators (like the infamous St Ives Apricot Scrub) - others claim that large granules can actually damage your skin - and opt for chemical exfoliators (like Lactic acid used in the Philosophy Microdelivery Pads).

Too add to the confusion - there is a danger in over-exfoliating your skin - especially if you are already using a product like the Clarisonic facial brush (as I do).

I was researching Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant (rice-based exfoliating powder) when I read that baking soda can be used as a gentle exfoliator (just mix 1 TB into a paste either with some cleansing gel or water) - I thought that this would be the simplest option for me. I use it 1-2 times a week in the shower, before applying a mud mask. My skin feels smooth and soft but not irritated (and believe me - my skin is SO easily irritated, even switching shampoo brands can wreak havoc!).

Most people have baking soda lying round the house - so this is definitely worth a try!


What's your favourite beauty tip/secret? Please do share - discovering and sharing beauty secrets is what first drew me in to blogging!



13 comments:

  1. Great tip! A lot more cost-effective too :)

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    1. Oh yes! The Dermalogica powder is $72...baking soda is $3 LOL!!!

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  2. thanks for the tip! I love LUSH ocean salt facial cleanser as a scrub but if I run out and I'm in a pinch, I'll keep baking soda in mind!

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    1. Glad you liked the tip...baking soda has so many good uses (anti-odor, mixed with vinegar for cleaning etc)!

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  3. What a great tip, I hadn't heard of this before! Baking soda is amazing cure-all for pretty much everything, ay?

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  4. I use the St. Ives scrub but I did try mixing baking soda and water a few weeks ago. It is a great exfoliant but, a great weekly treat.

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    1. I know a lot of people are very loyal to the St Ives scrub - it's a classic!

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  5. Okay, this month's collabo is like Christmas for me - I'm loving reading all of these awesome beauty secrets! I'm definitely going to try the baking soda for a nice break from the St. Ives scrub!

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    1. I know - I love finding out new things - it makes me annoyed when they ask a celeb for their beauty tips and they say the cliched "never sleep in your make-up...drink water and wear sunscreen" soundbite...While those are good tips - they're hardly secrets - I love finding out the good stuff LOL!

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  6. I always try to find good exfoliating products. I've used baking soda before to remove my uneven tan (just on my hands). Great to hear about it's exfoliating feature. But I think I over did it on my hands...so next time I'll have to go easy on it :)

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  7. OOh baking soda is a great tip! You can use it as kind of a mask too - it's supposed to help calm inflammed skin. Have you ever tried oatmeal? It's a great exfoliator and softens skin too! I've also read it's good and lightening up sun spots.

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  8. Chic baby! would you like to follow each other blog? :X

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