You’ll need: 1 tbsp citrus juice plus 1 tbsp baking soda
Instructions: Combine citrus juice with baking soda and watch it fizz, says Kayla Fioravanti, chief cosmetic formulator for Essential Wholesale Labs, a skin-care company in Clackamas, Oregon. Stir until bubbling lessens, apply, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse.
The benefits: Citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit, orange) “is composed of alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate and brighten skin and help keep pores clean,” says Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Baking soda’s mildly acidic nature gently sloughs away dead skin cells in minutes, helping to prevent blackheads.