When it comes to the best exfoliator for your skin… why spend a ton when you can spend a little and get amazing results? We’re huge fans of using what you have to make something awesome (which is why we have a crazy long list of amazing DIY face masks), and one of our fav hacks for exfoliation is possibly our easiest DIY to date. The secret is baking soda – yes, simple baking soda that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard, which costs less than $2.

Why Baking Soda is Awesome

The slightly abrasive texture of baking soda makes it excellent for removing surface dead skin cells, while the alkaline PH has antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have sensitive skin, do a test patch first, but this usually works wonders for acne-prone and dry skin.

The Exfoliating DIY

It couldn’t be simpler, take your usual face wash in the palm of your hand and add a pinch of baking soda (a teaspoon or less). Gently rub the mix together in your palms and then apply to your face, rubbing gently in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly – try not to be distracted by the silky soft feeling of your face, because if it doesn’t completely come off, you may find white patches on your face later. Finish with your moisturizer and admire your glowing complexion. You can use this in the same way you would use your normal exfoliator (about once or twice a week).