The best natural exfoliate that works (and will save you money!)

Rubbing away dead skin cells not only feels great, it leaves you with a new shine. Exfoliating, or scrubbing off skin cells, is a great way to rejuvenate the surface of your skin.

What exactly is exfloiating? Skin exfoliation is the process in which dead surface skin is removed by rubbing, and more times than not, using a product. The most common type of exfoliant is granular, since it helps to gently scrub off the cells more efficiently, however, chemicals and special tools like luffas are also used.

Since your skin naturally sheds its dead cells every 30 days or so, exfoliating can help the process and can even help prevent clogged pores since not all dead skin cells shed completely. Exfoliating can also improve the effectiveness of skin care products by enhancing absorption. Overall, exfoliating leaves your skin looking brighter.

How do you exfoliate? Exfoliating your skin involves gentle circular rubbing motions along your face and neck to scrub away dead skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using the right product is key to preventing skin damage while exfoliating.

While store shelves are lined with hundreds of exfoliating products, some of which are very abrasive, one of the best and most effective natural products you can use is baking soda. It’s likely something you have stuffed away in the back of your fridge for deodorizing or on a shelf for upcoming baking products, but it also makes an effective exfoliant.

Similar to a salt or sugar scrub, baking soda makes an excellent exfoliant when made into a paste (not fully dissolved) with water. By simply adding enough water to make a paste thick enough to apply to skin, baking soda can easily be used to sluff dull skin shiny. Rub gently for about 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water.

Cosmetic Ingredient Review says you can safely and easily use baking soda on your face, neck, arms, legs and shoulders, among other areas. It does not contain any harmful chemicals, costs a fraction of what many store products cost and can be used more often more abrasive products.