With air pollution both indoors and out, plus makeup and moisturizers and whatever else we put on our faces, everyone needs a cleansing scrub and a mask now and then. If you have sensitive skin like I do, though, be careful of what you put on your face.
Also, remember that natural isn't always the most frugal. While most masks and facial scrubs only take a small amount, using a whole fruit or vegetable can be expensive and wasteful. A whole banana won't even fit on your face unless you pile it almost an inch thick! Plan what to do with the rest of the product before you use it.
The gentlest and most efficient AND frugal scrub I have ever used is baking soda mixed with a regular facial cleanser. I use a special soap, but if you use a cream or liquid, it works just as well.
Put the cleanser in the palm of your hand then add about a half teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the two well and scrub your face and neck thoroughly with it. Rinse off with plain water and your face will feel smooth and fresh.
This scrub kills fungi, reduces blackheads and neutralizes acids on your skin. If your skin tends to be on the dry side, you will need a very mild moisturizer after the treatment.
Is this scrub for you? I can't say. Each of us has to find the one that suits our skin best. Experiment until you find yours, but be careful along the way. Some natural ingredients can be painfully drying and some can irritate and redden the skin - not exactly the result we want. If you're not sure about an ingredient, test it in a small area first.
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Homemade Facial Masks