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Today we’re combining a modern mask with something from your kitchen! This magical concoction was actually taught to me by my facialist Yonat Zilberg and I’ve been thankful ever since! Not that regular masks aren’t good on their own, but I’m a multi-tasker whose time is limited, so the more results I can get, the happier I am.

Here are some of the benefits of adding baking soda to your mask:

  • It turns your face mask into an acne-fighting superhero because it is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic that heals underlying fungal infections.
  • It also helps tackle blackheads by softening the hard skin around them.
  • It makes your mask “rise” or grow in size, so you get more uses from it.
  • It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps calm everything down.


  • Your Favorite Mask: My facialist has me hooked on Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant (it’s a little stinky but a life changer for me). I also love Murad’s Clarifying Mask.
  • Baking Soda
  • A Small Spoon
  • A Muslin Cloth: You can certainly use a washcloth, but one day invest in a set of muslin cloths as a grown-up gift to yourself and your skin. They’re the perfect combination of delicate and strength.


  1. Measure out about a teaspoon of baking soda.
  2. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the mask into the palm of your hand.
  3. Add the baking soda to the mask.
  4. Start mixing it together with your fingertips.
  5. Finish swirling it around until most of the baking soda is absorbed and it rises in size.
  6. Spread it evenly all over your face. You can also include your neck and chest. Wait 5 minutes (however long it takes to fully dry).
  7. Wet the muslin cloth with cool water and wipe the mask off gently until it’s fully gone. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

My facialist believes we should do a mask every day so I try my best but average 5 days a week. I add baking soda to it once a week.  I actually do it first thing in the morning while I’m oil pulling, feeding the dogs and checking my email. I was a little taken aback when she suggested daily but it hasn’t been that hard to become a ritual and my skin has never looked better or received more compliments, which is new for me because I used to suffer from large pores, overactive sebaceous glands that no matter how often I had extractions, my blackheads filled back up in a week. Now they’re gone. For real. It’s really cool for me!

I understand baking soda is a controversial item for some of you and I encourage you to research the hundreds and hundreds of baking soda face mask recipes on natural blogs then of course with any beauty advice, decide for yourself what feels right for you. If it’s not right for you, it’s totally ok with us! We just love to share things that have been passed down and have worked for us. Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all subject, so be your own advocate.



We’re kicking off our At-Home Facial Series with my favorite secret for amping up a detoxifying mud mask and leaving your skin polished and glowing! I’ve been doing it for years and there’s nothing like it! So when you don’t have time or the room in your budget to visit your facialist, take your mud mask to another level by adding a product you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet. Here’s how:



  1. Squeeze a generous amount of the mud mask onto your fingertips and rub them together.
  2. Apply all over face as demonstrated on Alyssa above. Wait 15 minutes or until it dries completely.
  3. Now don’t rinse yet! Squeeze a generous amount of the scrub onto your fingertips and rub together.
  4. Apply the scrub directly on top of the dried mask and start rubbing it in circles as you move across your facial area. This does two things: it breaks down the mask but more importantly, it helps remove dead skin cells while your pores are already cleaned.
  5. Now rinse by splashing with cool water. You can use a wet wash cloth or muslin cloth as well.

Your skin will feel incredibly soft and smooth like you just had microdermabrasion! If you have sensitive skin, test this process on a small area to make sure it’s not too irritating.




I know there are those of you out there terrified of using oil on your face! Because I used to be you! I used to be an ingredient sergeant and if I saw oil listed anywhere, I ran for my life. Then I got educated. Mineral oil is pore-clogging and I avoid it like the plague. But most oils out there do not cause breakouts. Period. And the only way to come to this realization yourself is to cross over and try one.

Moreover, oil might actually work to clear up acne. Say what? Yes! Sometimes, especially if you fall under the “oily skin” type, your body is making more and more oil because you’re overdrying it. So you actually have dry skin now, which is devastating because now not only do you have acne, it’s really irritated on top of it and your face is desperate for oil. Since you’re not giving it any, it’s working overtime to create its own, hence the heavy oil production. As soon as you add oil to your skin regimen, it will calm down and produce less oil.

On the other side of the equation, there are those of us with dry skin from life, not from overdrying it (we actually moisturize it constantly but it’s never enough!). The dry winter season, using heaters in our cars (or space heaters under our desks) and not drinking enough water are all culprits. Which is why facial oil crucial to stopping the cycle of dry skin. And the most effective way to use it is after you apply your moisturizer. Why? Because if you apply the oil before the moisturizer, you’re preventing the moisturizer from penetrating into the skin cells  because it can’t pass through the oil. But if you apply the moisturizer first and then pat the oil on top, the oil creates a moisture barrier, sealing the moisturizer into the skin and preventing the air from making it dissipate. And if you’re really into anti-aging, try applying facial oil over your nightly glycolic acid cream or retinol! It will lock it in and you’ll instantly feel it. Genius! Here’s how to apply it (day or night, but start with just night):


  • Your Favorite Moisturizer — I love Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer because it’s 100% Natural and incredibly hydrating.
  • Facial Oil — I used Orico Superico Facial Oil on Lacy above because it’s also 100% Natural, rich with vitamins and plant oils and super nourishing for really thirsty skin.


  1. Pump the moisturizer a couple of times into your fingertips or the palm of your hand.
  2. Rub your fingers together to warm up the product so it soaks into your skin more easily.
  3. Spread the moisturizer all over your face and neck (please don’t forget your neck, it’s the first thing to show your age!).
  4. Pump a couple drops of the facial oil into your fingertips or the palm of your hand.
  5. Rub your fingers together to warm up the oil.
  6. Pat the oil all over your face and neck. Patting places the oil on top of the moisturizer instead of rubbing and smearing them together.

I’ve tested out dozens and dozens of facial oils out there and these are my top four favorites. Click on each link to read more about their different superpowers!



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