We've seen a lot of DIY face masks all over our Pinterest boards and videos on YouTube—they're extremely popular. There's just something really comforting about knowing every single ingredient that goes into a product you're going to put on your face. Plus, if you get to use ingredients you already have, you're hardly making extra effort in concocting your own skincare.
We turned to celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas to get her advice on how to make a proper baking soda face mask. Baking soda is often found in cleansers and exfoliants, such is its ability to treat acne. While we thought it would be this whole complicated ordeal, she thankfully disproved those misconceptions. This face mask is not only super effective, it is super easy to make.
Scroll down to see what she had to say about baking soda face masks.
BYRDIE: What are the skin benefits of baking soda?
JOANNA VARGAS: When mixed with water, baking soda is awesome for getting rid of blackheads. You can put the mixture on the nose after the shower and all the blackheads come right out! It’s best for congested skin.
BYRDIE: Are baking soda face masks suitable for all skin types? Does it benefit one over the other? Which one and why?
JV: I wouldn’t recommend this cleansing method for any skin types other than congested.
BYRDIE: What should be people watch out for when making a baking soda mask? What are the dangers if they do it wrong?
JV: Nothing really. It's a great ingredient because it doesn't irritate the skin.
BYRDIE: What ingredients are needed to make a good baking soda mask?
JV: Just water.
BYRDIE: What are the steps to creating the baking soda face mask?
JV: Mix baking soda with water to create a paste and apply it as a mask.
BYRDIE: Once it's made, how do you apply on your face? Brush? Fingers?
JV: Scrub it onto the skin, and leave it for a few minutes. After rinsing with water, blackheads will be softer and ready to come out.
BYRDIE: How long do you keep the mask on?
JV: 10 minutes
BYRDIE: How often should you do a baking soda mask?
JV: I would do it twice a month if you have blackheads.
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