They say, if you're suffering from an ailment, NEVER TURN TO THE INTERNET FOR ADVICE! Well, I bumped into a woman at the Clinique counter to get some day and night serum to ward off fine lines and wrinkles. But then we got to talking and she suggested using baking soda and water to buff the skin. I thought, SURE! I've got distilled water and a box in the fridge...
But because I wasn't sure about the ratios to mix, I went online. That's when I discovered a 2013 article WARNING AGAINST THE USE OF BAKING SODA ON THE SKIN!
The super LONGGGGGGG article is here if you want to reference it later for an exhaustive chemistry lesson on molecules. Granted, the article, written by Natalie Bell, was published on a skincare website called Futurederm, which sells its own line of products. So it would be in their best interest to steer people from home remedies in an effort to sell more stuff.
However, when I looked at the science behind it, I have a hard time arguing with the findings, which showed that baking soda, when combined with water, loses its "base" ph and actually becomes alkaline. For those who don't know, the 14-ph scale goes like this: 7 is considered base. Anything less is considered acidic. Anything higher is considered alkaline.
When it comes to the efficacy of skincare products, science tends to show that the more acidic the product is, the better it is at fixing and caring for skin. The reverse is also true. The more alkaline a product is, the less likely it will help. In fact, research, according to the article, has proven that alkaline products actually harm the epidermis and permanently.
Um, that's pretty scary. The whole point of the regimen is to help, hydrate and heal the skin--not destroy it.
That's when I started looking further into this scary claim that baking soda (registering an 8ph, which is alkaline), is harmful when used on the skin. But the more I looked, the less I saw that backed this up. What I did find, however, were scores of articles about the miracle of baking soda, especially on the skin.
I think I am going to sit on this a minute before I put baking soda on my face. I am not going to say that I agree or disagree with this just yet. Gonna hit pause and come back to this later.
What do you all think?
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