Amanda Pendolino
June 24, 2013

Emma Stone’s $1 Skin Treatment Secret

Emma Stone only spends $1 on her go-to skin product: The 24-year-old actress told French Elle she uses baking soda to exfoliate her face and avoid dry or rough patches.

“Baking soda makes a top-notch exfoliation,” says Josh Peterson of The Discovery Network’s Planet Green. “Baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse.”

He continues: “It’s the best amount of coarse for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and if applied correctly, it won’t cause your sensitive facial skin to become red and irritated.” He recommends mixing a teaspoon of the powder with your  facial cleanser two to three times a week.

I can attest to the power of exfoliating — I use a natural sugar scrub and a special exfoliating brush and have had major results — but some exfoliators are definitely too coarse for sensitive skin. You may also need to use a different level of exfoliation on your face than you use on other areas.

Baking soda isn’t the only cheap household product you can use as part of your beauty regimen. Check out these other home DIY ideas:

Coffee for enhanced hair color – redheads and brunettes can use this all-natural method instead of hair dyes that are full of chemicals

Lemon and olive oil face mask for an improved complexion – olive oil moisturizes skin with Vitamins C, D and E, antioxidants and iron, while lemon lightens and brightens your appearance

Strawberries, lemon juice, apricot, cucumber or onions for lightening freckles –  make a paste with strawberries and water, apply it to your face and let it dry. When you wash it off, your freckles should be lighter

These household items are certainly cheaper than most beauty products on the market. And they don’t contain potentially harmful petrochemicals either. That’s a win-win, as Emma Stone can certainly tell you.