Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Microdermabrasion

DIY microdermabrasionWater from here, baking soda from here.

There’s a picture of Lauren Conrad on Pinterest and her skin looks like it’s glowing. Seriously. Glowing. “DIY Microdermabrasion!” it says. Well, I’ve tried to click on the link to see how I could get skin like hers, but, like a lot of the links on Pinterest it was no longer available. So, I gave up and moved on. It wasn’t until I was looking for ideas for this post that I came across the picture again. So, I did what I always do – I Googled it (what would life be without Google? I don’t like to think about it). It brought me to this blog which described how to do a DIY microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion, the less agressive version of dermabrasion, is described as a non-surgical way to rejuvenate skin using a tool to remove the top layer of the skin. It can help treat wrinkles, age spots, and acne. For this DIY microdermabrasion I won’t be using any tools. In fact, I’ll just be using water and baking soda.

Hypothesis: Baking soda is a cleaning miracle – it can be used to clean anything from your hair, to your bathroom. As a paste, it can exfoliate and clean your face.

Prediction: I’ve always known baking soda can be used pretty much anywhere in the house, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how much I can use it as part of my beauty regimen (i.e. dry shampoo, regular shampoo, whitening nails, whitening teeth just to name a few). I predict that my face will be soft and smooth after using the baking soda mixture.

Test: I started by washing my face with my normal face wash. Then, I mixed 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water in a bowl and applied the mixture in circular motions all over my face for about a minute. I rinsed with warm water, patted dry and used my moisturizer.

Analysis: Let me just say that I plan on doing this DIY microdermabrasion at least once a week. My skin hasn’t felt that smooth and clean in a long time. I usually exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub once a week, but I think I’ll be doing a baking soda “scrub” from now on. It’s so simple and SO cheap.

Cost: Less than $5.oo.

Time Consumed: 5 minutes.

Pre-Event Feasibility: This is such a simple and inexpensive way to get your skin looking great before any party or event.

Post-Event Feasibility: It’s also a good idea to do this after a party or night out because your skin will no doubt be exposed to all sorts of stuff.

End Result: Loved this! My skin felt soft and smooth and it looked brighter. I can’t wait to do it again.

Have you tried this DIY microdermabrasion? Do you have any skincare secrets? Leave a comment below!



Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo

I am one of those young ladies that does not wash my hair every day. I even went as far as to not shampoo my hair for a few months (also called “no poo” – bah ha). However, I’m back to using a sulfate free shampoo every few days. So, as you can imagine, I find dry shampoos pretty exciting (especially DIY!).  This is something that you can use between washes that will absorb the oil and keep your hair looking fresh.

Hypothesis: Baking soda and corn starch will act as a dry shampoo and absorb the excess oil in your hair.

Prediction: I’ve heard of using baking soda in your hair in between washes, so I think this will be a new staple in my beauty routine.

Test: I found this blog with a simple DIY dry shampoo and decided to use it as my test subject. I mixed 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/2 cup of baking powder in a bowl and put it into a small mason jar. I took a little bit of the mixture in my palm and spread it out over my hands. Then, with my head tipped over I started at the scalp and spread it throughout my hair. After leaving it for a few minutes I went through my hair with a fine-tooth comb.

Analysis: This DIY dry shampoo was effortless to make and even easier to use. I’ve tried store-bought dry shampoos before and they made my hair feel stiff. This was more of a light feeling and I noticed that the grease from the day wasn’t as noticeable. My hair is light brown so I did notice that it looked a little white before I combed it out.

Cost: About $4.00.

Time Consumed: It took about 5 minutes to prepare the dry shampoo and 2 minutes to apply it.

Pre-Event Feasibility: “Dirty” hair holds better in hairstyles than clean hair does. So, if you’re planning to get your hair done, this dry shampoo would be a great thing to use to keep the grease at bay.

This is a great item to have in your bag post-party too! After my hair has been through the mill with product and styling tools I need something to bring back the freshness.

End Result: There are other recipes for dry shampoo. For example, there are some for darker hair made with cocoa powder. I’ll probably try adding a little bit of cocoa powder to my mixture so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a powdered wig.

I’ll be back in a few weeks, my  friends… I’m heading to Europe. I’ll miss youuuuu.