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Baking soda for beauty. Seriously. I’ve used baking soda in the past to absorb odor in my refrigerator, relieve heartburn, and to clear up a blemish or two on my face. I love to research natural remedies and recipes I can make at home with my family, and baking soda keeps popping up in my finds. So, I delved a little deeper. Come to find out, baking soda is extremely versatile in what it can do; from household fixes, to beauty fixes.
Baking soda can be used as a face wash. Just mix the soda with water to form a loose consistency and massage onto your face. Because it’s a very watery mixture, it’s going to be a little messy, but it will gently exfoliate and remove makeup, dirt and oil. If you want to exfoliate on a deeper level, on thicker skin like your elbows and knees, mix baking soda with water, but be a little heavier with the baking soda so it forms a thick paste. Apply to the area you are exfoliating in circular motions and rinse. Your skin will feel soft and smooth.
Baking soda can also take care of your hair. Add about a teaspoon of it to your shampoo and it will help remove build-up and residue from products, so it’s a great clarifying treatment. It can also be used as a dry shampoo. If your hair feels dirty or oily, sprinkle some on your scalp and let it absorb for a few minutes, then comb it through and shake any excess out. I’ve tried this with cornstarch and didn’t have much luck, but I know it works for some. It’s also good as a dry shampoo if you overdo it on product. Put some on your hands and work it through your scalp and shake any excess out, it will absorb too much gel or mousse and give you a little boost in volume.
Looks like it’s a good treatment for nail care as well. Add some baking soda to a brush and scrub your fingers and/or toenails and it will soften up the cuticles for healthy looking nails. Add 2 tbsp. baking soda and 1 tbsp. salt to a foot bath and soak your feet. This mixture will help clear up dirt and grime for your feet. Keep a little extra soda on hand for after you soak and make the exfoliating paste to give your feet a nice scrub. Rinse with your foot bath water and moisturize and you have a nice and fast pedicure.
Want to clear up some blemishes? Don’t we all? We’ve all tried the old toothpaste trick for clearing up a zit fast, but did you know that baking soda can help this as well? Yes, it can. I’ve tried it and it does work. When I’ve used it, I use it as a spot treatment. Again, make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the blemishes. Let it sit there for 10-20 minutes. I know that’s a long range of time, but keep it on there for a shorter time if you have sensitive skin, but if it’s not bugging you, keep it on for as long as 20 minutes. You can also use it as a weekly mask for oily, acne-prone skin. Make enough paste to cover your face and keep it on for about 10 minutes, rinse and moisturize as usual. Use it consistently over time and you may notice your skin with less oil, fewer blemishes and acne scars fading because of the exfoliating properties of the baking soda.
Brush your teeth with baking soda and water for a brighter smile, and if you gargle with baking soda and water, it acts as a natural mouth wash…without the minty aftertaste. That makes sense. If baking soda absorbs odors in our refrigerators and freezers, why wouldn’t it absorb odors in our mouths? Kind of gross to think about, but sometimes the process of becoming beautiful is not always pretty!
And, of course, if baking soda can clean your skin and various household items, it can clean your brushes and combs. Remove any hair from your brushes and soak your brushes and combs in a bowl of warm water with a few teaspoons of baking soda. Just like baking soda will remove oil and residue from your scalp, it will also do this for your styling tools.
Wow, one little orange box, endless possibilities! Have you used baking soda in your beauty routine? Tell me how you used it. I love feedback from my readers!
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