DIY facial 2 ingredients

You want a facial. You need a facial. But your wallet is sort of… well… your wallet is a bit of a tightwad; it thinks you need to ease up on the beauty budget a little.

DIY facial 2 ingredients

Don’t worry, you don’t need to break up with anyone just yet;  I’ve got a cheap fix for your facial needs.

You knew I would, I always do.

A homemade facial mask using only baking soda and water.  Boom.

  • Step 1: Measure 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.  {I used 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water} Mix well.
  • Step 2:  Apply baking soda mask to face in a thin later all over your face.  Repeat once the bottom layer is dry.
  • Step 3:  Let the baking soda mask dry for 15-20 minutes.   Go watch an episode of Modern Family while you wait.  You’ll thank me for it later.
  • Step 4: Once the face mask is dry, wash it off with warm water and a washcloth until you get all the baking soda off your face.
  • Step 5: When your face is completely dry apply a layer of whatever moisturizer you have laying around.  This facial dries out the skin like crazy, so you want to put some moisture back on that pretty mug of yours a to the s-a-p.

That’s it, you’re done!

DIY face mask

F.Y.I. The baking soda acts as a natural exfoliant that won’t harm your skin the way some abrasive exfoliates on the market can.  All that, and it won’t cost more than a few pennies per facial.

Baking soda really IS all that and a bag of chips.  DIY facial to the rescue!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Cameron :

    Great tip – and I’m going to start saying “a. to the s.a.p.” a lot. Probably too much.

    • Allison :

      Do it. A to the s-a-p is the new h-o-t.

      • justnikki :

        Cameron I was thinking the same thing! My sis hates when I say quirky stuff. Can’t wait to use it on her :-)

  2. Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen :

    Great tip! I like to add honey instead of water. Just heat it up for a few seconds (only 5 or 10 seconds, otherwise it gets way too hot!) and then add the baking soda to it. Everything else is what you described.
    Thanks for the reminder to treat myself every now and then :)

    • Allison :

      Jo, what a great idea! Honey is one of my favorite beauty ingredients of all time. Thanks for the tip!

  3. ChickenWhisperer :

    I do a little exfoliating with it in the shower… it’s faster and your skin is nice and smooth.

    • Allison :

      Love that idea. i use all my sugar scrubs in the shower too. Thanks!

  4. Elspeth @ paper armour :

    Ooooo! I tried this but the instructions were off pinterest and it was basically just to use the ingredients as a gently exfoliating scrub. It was nice, but not as awe-inspiring as I had hoped it would be. I’m definitely going to try it again and layer it and let it dry this time.

    I love your diy skin care posts. I’m a big fan of diy beauty. :)

    • Allison :

      Elspeth, try increasing the amount of baking soda so it’s more of a paste. It might take a couple of times before you really see a difference!

  5. Nash :

    So happy I found this site :-D I’m sixteen and I have pimples but I only have them on my forehead, do you know any remedies or masks for that? theyre not huge, theyre just, small, sometimes red, meh. I tried this facial mask on and my face feels great, well at least to me, but I’m not sure how much should I use it per week? But thanks a lot for this mask, it makes my face softer than usual ha :-)

    • Allison :

      Nash, use it a couple of times a week and see what your skin likes!

  6. Giuly :

    I think baking soda is very alkaline (pH 8.2). It is not good for our skin which is slightly acidic. Of course soda dries out the skin crazy because it removes not only bacteria but also the protective acid mantle. It will most likely irritate and sensitize the skin.
    I would use professional product or grounded coffee beans.

  7. Erin :

    This is interesting…I read an article recently about using baking soda and water to clean glass stovetops and it said to use gloves. I didn’t because I thought “it’s just baking soda…how can that be bad” but a few minutes after I started scrubbing it, the backs of my hands were on fire and very painful until I got it washed off. I have slightly dry skin there, but not very dry. So, anyway, be careful using this on your face, and you might want to try it on a small area first, especially if you have dry skin there. Just my $.02! Oh, and it worked like *magic* on my stovetop – forget all those expensive cleaners I used to buy!!

    • Allison :

      baking soda is magic! but like anything, use caution.

  8. Diane {Created by Diane} :

    Great idea!
    I was searching back on stumble and was glad to see this post get so many hits after I reviewed it :)

    • Allison :

      Thanks Diane!

  9. endy daniel :

    awesome! now i know u really mean it with the word cheap! i’ll try this for sure.. i have the baking soda in the kitchen,so will u excuse me please.. i gotta have a private facial here ;)

    • Allison :

      Endy, you’ll love your skin!

  10. Jessica :

    This is fantastic! I just did it spur of the moment while doing some housework and watching tv and my skin feels great. Thanks!

    • Allison :

      So glad you love it! Do it a few times a month and your skin will look amazing.