A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #45: Make Your Own Microdermabrasion Scrub

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If you’ve been following along (and participating! ;-)), you already know how easy it is to make your own face and body scrubs just by raiding your kitchen cabinets.

You’ve already discovered how cheap it is, too!

But what about “fancier” skin treatments, like the ones you get at spas or packaged in lovely glass jars from Sephora? I’m talking about everyone’s favorite youthification (yes, it’s a word, haha) treatment: microdermabrasion! In the past, I have spent a silly amount of money on nicely packaged microderm treatments from Sephora and they worked well, revealing glowing, spot-free fresh skin and fewer fine lines.

That is, until I discovered truly the easiest, cheapest alternative that WORKS JUST AS WELL! And I am NOT kidding that it works just as well; in fact, it works BETTER than one particular treatment that cost me around $35 per jar. The secret? Baking soda! Yep, baking soda. Mix it with a little bit of water until it turns into a paste, gently exfoliate for 2 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. In my personal experience, I have had the EXACT SAME RESULTS as treatments that cost $70 or more. Do you know how much baking soda costs? About 50 cents (USD) at my local store, for a box that lasts practically forever.

I have normal to combination skin, so I simply mix the baking soda with water. It should work just as well for oilier skin. If you have dry skin, try adding a bit of coconut oil. If you are prone to breakouts, I have heard neem oil is fantastic; you could try mixing a bit of neem oil with the baking soda for your at-home microderm treatment.

Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating away the topmost layer of dead skin cells, which, if untouched, simply hang around and make your skin look dull, dry, splotchy, spotty, and wrinkled. It’s painless and you can do it at home by scrubbing gently on clean skin. The treatment was originally created using very fine crystals of salt, aluminum oxide, or … you guessed it … sodium bicarbonate, a.k.a. baking soda. But when it started becoming mass-marketed and treatments were sold in stores for the first time, other ingredients were added, all of which you don’t need! Get back to basics, friends. Baking soda is the microderm master!

Stuff to Know:

  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • There’s no need to pre-mix this treatment. Simply keep some baking soda nearby and mix with water as needed.

DIY Microdermabrasion Scrub


  • 2 Tbsp. baking soda
  • Warm water

To use:

  1. In the palm of your hand, add a bit of water to the baking soda.
  2. Stir until it becomes a paste.
  3. Apply to skin that has been cleaned of makeup.
  4. Place a dollop on your forehead, each cheek, nose, and chin.
  5. Using small, circular movements, very gently exfoliate for 2 minutes. Avoid the eye area.
  6. Rinse well with temperate water.
  7. Pat your face dry. Do not rub. Tone and moisturize as needed.

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Questions for readers:

Do you get microdermabrasion treatments at a spa or salon?

Have you ever used baking soda in your beauty treatments?

8 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #45: Make Your Own Microdermabrasion Scrub

  1. Should I use this microdermabrasion b4 or after I steam my face (I use chamomile tea in the hot h2o )?
    Thank u,
    Julie Vasconcellos

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