(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)
I didn’t have much time this past week to test out some fun pins, not to mention I was missing quite a few ingredients, so I decided to go with the simplest one called DIY Microdermabrasion. All you need is baking soda and water. The instructions said that you’ll need 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, which you will then stir until it becomes a paste. I didn’t have time to follow the instructions so I played around with the ingredients in my palm until the ‘product’ looked watery enough to apply on my face. I tried to find where the original pin had come from but unfortunately, the blog had been deactivated. As I was googling for some more baking soda microdermabrasion tips, I found a blog called Don’t Pin That. The blogger pointed out that baking soda can dry out your skin and cause even more break-outs. This DIY microdermabrasion works better for those with oily skin. Since I have combination skin, I didn’t want to risk messing with my natural pH balance. I massaged the product in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area, then quickly rinsed my face with cold water (warm water should be fine too). It feels a lot like having salt dissolve on your skin (slippery feel) but don’t try to scrub your face. According to the pin, you’re supposed to end up with a glowing face, like the girl in the picture. While that was not the case for me, I did find that my complexion improved and my skin tone was not as dark. After the DIY microdermabrasion, I moisturised my face as usual and applied Advil Liqui-gel on the raised bumps around my chin and right cheek.
When I woke up the next morning, I felt that there was just enough oil on my face, as usual. My skin wasn’t dehydrated and I noticed that the uneven skin from the night before was now much smoother. This could also be from using the Advil Liqui-gel, though I’d never had it work that quickly before. Total cost of ingredients that I already have at home? Just pennies for this one-time treatment!
It is recommended that you do not do this treatment daily but weekly or less often, depending on your skin type. Since my combination skin becomes less oily around autumn/winter, I think I’ll be doing this treatment once or twice a month.
Just remember to moisturise! 😉
Let me know how this pin works for you. Always do a test patch if you’re unsure and stop if you notice anything abnormal.
I’ll have to go shopping this weekend for some more ingredients for next week’s pin.