Baking soda is the common name for the compound sodium bicarbonate. This is a naturally occurring substance that is crystalline in nature although it usually appears as a powder. A common household product that is rarely absent from most kitchen units, baking soda is so much more than just that. Today we introduce you to a different domain-baking soda as a beauty product. Thanks to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties and its alkaline pH, baking soda finds use as a beautifying home remedy. It has very effective results as long as it is used properly. So what exactly can you use baking soda for? Well, from exfoliation to softening, brightening and treating inflamed skin, here are the Top 10 Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda. Well, from exfoliation to softening, brightening and treating inflamed skin, here are the Top
10. Removes scaly dry skin
Many people confess to having a dry skin that sometimes scales. In fact, this could be as a result of a group of skin disorders which present with drying and scaling of the skin. It is called-ichthyosis.
Did you know that adding a couple handfuls of baking soda to your bath water every day can significantly reduce dry skin? Well, now you do. Given that baking soda is basic, it raises the pH of water (makes it more alkaline). As a consequence, this removes dead and dry cells from the skin.
If you are a person with extreme levels of scaling, you can immerse yourself in baking soda water every day for 30-60 minutes. With this knowledge, I swear you will not need to purchase some of those expensive exfoliators, some of which have ingredients with detrimental effects on your skin. Baking soda is compatible with most if not all skin types. But of course, you will need to do a patch test to confirm
9. Cleanser-Cleans inflamed skin
Baking soda has great antimicrobial especially antibacterial properties. Most inflammation of the skin is caused by bacteria. That is the reason we use topical antibiotic applications or orally taken ones for the same. But baking soda gives you a break from all that. I mean who loves taking medicine after all?
Medical practitioners recommend for a variety of conditions from diaper rash to mosquito bites. It helps soothe the skin and inhibits inflammation. More specifically, for individuals with a condition known as blepharitis, baking soda is a must-have.
The condition presents with inflammation at the edges of the eyelids. Doctors recommend they clean their eyelids with a cleaning solution made from baking soda water to clean germs that build up in eye secretions and prevent inflammation as well.
This is the removal of dead cells from the surface of the skin. Ladies would confess this is vital to have a bright and healthy looking skin as most of them do it regularly.
Of course, there are a wide variety of industry processed exfoliators with different formulae, but they cannot beat the effectiveness of a natural remedy. For much less than you spend on commercial exfoliators, a simple paste made from baking soda and warm water can get the job done.
By rubbing this paste on your facial skin from one point outwards in a circular fashion you will be amazed at the results you can achieve after a few scrubbings. It eliminates dry skin and leaves it feeling smooth. For individuals with a sensitive skin, you can exfoliate one to 2 times a week. If you have a tough oily skin you can do it a little more frequently.
7. Brightens complexion
Uneven skin tone is one of those things many ladies and even men worry about. If your skin looks dull and sort of dark you can brighten it up using a simple home-made remedy made from baking soda and lemon water.
While we have already mentioned before that the baking soda exfoliates-removes dead skin, Vitamin C from lemon plays a different role. It actually inhibits the synthesis of melanin, the chemical responsible for the darkening of the skin pigment.
This makes a powerful skin brightening combination. For even more thorough results, add a little olive oil to the combination and then apply it on the skin in the same manner that you apply regular scrubs.
Wash with water to rinse it off after about 10 minutes. There you have your desired skin complexion. Apart from the exfoliation, baking soda balances the pH of the skin. This is vital to have a clear and even skin tone.
Most people especially ladies are very wary of sweaty skin. It can obviously be very embarrassing. At the same time, most people are scared of using chemical antiperspirants whose effects on the skin you can never be certain of. Worry no more because there is a remedy for you. Many times the bad odor comes from odor-secreting bacteria which inhabit the skin.
The good part is that baking soda has antibacterial properties and as such is able to inhibit the life of these microorganisms. Additionally, baking soda also has the ability to absorb sweat leaving the skin feeling dry, clean and fresh. There are two ways to go about it; directly apply the baking soda to your target area, say armpits.
Alternatively, you can firstly mix it with talcum powder before applying on the armpits. Better yet, you can make a mixture of an eighth of a spoonful of baking soda, any essential oil and one teaspoonful of water. You can then use a cotton ball to rub the paste into your underarms or any other area where you sweat excessively. This helps to prevent excessive sweating and bad odor.
5. Treats Acne and pimples
Acne and pimples can cause a lot of irritation. In fact they can be a major cause of low self-esteem. It’s therefore every woman’s priority to eliminate them as soon as they appear. Out of the desperation and anxiety, many tend to use powerful chemical remedies some of which harm their skin.
But why go through the hassle when you can employ a home-made remedy with almost no side effects? Thanks to its anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties, baking soda gets the job done easily. A spoonful of baking soda mixed with a little water and made into a paste is what you need.
Apply this on the affected area of the skin for 60-120 seconds and then wash it off with cold water. Initially you can do it for 3 consecutive days then reduce the frequency to once or twice a week. The alkaline nature of baking soda also helps balance the pH of the skin, helping to prevent skin breakouts
4. Whitening of teeth
If toothpaste cannot give you the pearly white teeth you desire to have, then baking soda will get it done. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can eliminate the yellow coloring which forms on the teeth. More importantly, it combats dental plaques. These are usually caused by acid-producing bacteria which inhabit the mouth and teeth.
The alkalinity of baking soda has ability to neutralize the acids produced by the bacteria. For better results in a shorter time, you can add baking soda on your toothbrush and use it alongside your preferred toothpaste. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes as recommended. Repeat this once every day for a couple of days and see if you will not have had significant changes in your teeth color
. If you have the time, you can make an even more powerful teeth whitening concoction. Take two tablespoons of baking soda, four of turmeric root powder and 3 tablespoonfuls of virgin coconut oil. Mix all these ingredients into a paste. Now use this to brush your teeth for 2 minutes once a day for a couple of days.
You will be amazed by what you will see. It is also noteworthy that excessive use of baking soda on your teeth can remove the natural enamel protection form the teeth so moderation must be exercised.
3. Cures sunburns and sunburn blisters
We all look forward to summer. It is a moment when people relax along the sandy beaches, baking in the sun while it lasts. This fun can be cut short by sunburns and subsequent development of sunburn blisters. So we recommend that when you go out swimming during summer keep some baking soda in your travel bag.
This multi-purpose home remedy helps with sunburns in a number of ways. Firstly owing to its alkalinity, baking soothes the sunburned areas of the skin. This greatly takes away the itching associated with sunburns and the burning sensation as well. It also helps to dry up sunburn blisters faster thanks to its antiseptic and drying properties.
Add one or 2 tablespoonfuls of baking soda to water. Dip a clean washcloth in it and wring the excess water. Use it to gently press on the blistered area for 5 to 10 minutes. After doing this twice or thrice a day for a couple of days you will find relief. If you are using a bathtub to take a shower, then add a half a cup of baking soda to the water-filled bathtub.
Soak yourself in it for 15 minutes after stirring the water thoroughly. You are free to then leave the tub and air dry or pat dry if you have to. Once daily for a couple of days, you will find relief,
2. Treats stained or yellow nails
Do you ever develop discolorations on your nails? They are not a very attractive sight. Well if that is your predicament you do not have to hide your nails in your pockets or gloves anymore. Baking soda has a solution to fix it. It has bleaching properties alongside the already mentioned exfoliating capabilities.
These are the qualities that enable baking soda to remove stains from the nails. So how should you go about it? The first method is simple. Prepare a treatment solution by mixing 1 teaspoonful of baking soda and another spoonful of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a glass half filled with water. Stir the mixture so that all the baking soda is dissolved.
Dipping your nails in this solution once every two weeks keeps away the discoloration and preserves the natural color of your nails. As an alternative, you can make a paste from two and a half spoons of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide (1 tablespoon). Using a cotton swab apply the paste on your nails and wait for 2 minutes before rinsing with warm water. To obtain better results do this once every 1 or 2 months.
1. Feet soother
If you had it all going well for your face and hair and then had calluses on your feet, I doubt if you would feel the same way about yourself the same way you would if you did not have them. Ladies especially love to wear open shoes, so you want to make sure your feet look nice.
Instead of paying expensively for those manicures at the salon you can employ a home remedy with baking soda and warm water. Baking soda has antibacterial properties which kill bacteria that produce odor and also inhibits toenail fungus. To get rid of calluses is also very simple with baking soda.
Prepare a solution by adding 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Let your feet soak in this solution. This will soften your calluses. Once they are softened you can get a pumice stone and use it to scrub them away. You can also do this for those bumpy bits of the skin.
I can almost bet all of us use baking soda in our daily cooking. But today we have ushered you into a new sphere. If you did not know that your baking soda can do much more for you, now you are in the know. The best part is it has very minimal compatibility issues if at all. But of course, we recommend that you take a patch test on your skin before so you can be certain about it. To make it even better, it is actually a master beauty product that is readily available and cheap. Get started on this perfect home remedy right away.