Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, can be found in almost every kitchen. This ingredient has a wide application, and besides for baking, can also be used for beautifying purposes.
When used for beautifying purposes, it’s important to note that we should use the one that does not contain aluminum bicarbonate. We use pure baking soda primarily because of its neutral pH value, which can help neutralize the acidic environment in our bodies, and treat many condition. Also, we use it for its antibacterial and antifungal effects.
When we use sodium bicarbonate for beauty, it’s best to combine it with water or lemon juice, as a solution or paste.
Baking Soda Beauty Tricks
1. Smooth Skin
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate with water, to get a thick paste. Use this paste as a skin scrub for your face and body, to remove the dead skin cells, and get a radiant and smooth skin.
2. Treatment For Acne And Blackheads
Make a paste of sodium bicarbonate and lemon juice, and use it to treat the acne and blackheads on your face.
3. Foot Bath
Make a baking soda bath with lukewarm water and 2 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate. Soak your feet for 20 minutes, allowing the solution to remove the impurities from your feet and nails.
4. Body Bath
Add half a cup of sodium bicarbonate to your bath, and soak your body for 20 minutes. The solution will remove the impurities from your skin, and treat any infections.
5. Clean Hair
Shampoos and regenerators leave chemicals on your hair. To remove the products’ build up, add half a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo and wash your hair as you usually do.
6. Dry Shampoo
If your hair is greasy, and you don’t have the time to wash it before an important meeting, you can use sodium bicarbonate as a dry shampoo.
7. Baking Soda Hairbrush Cleaner
To clean the buildup from your hairbrush, you need to soak it in a solution of lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda for 20 minutes. Then, rinse it with running water and allow it to dry.
8. Fake Tan Remover
If you have applied too much self-tanning product and ended up with an orange tan, you don’t have to wait for it to fade away naturally. Instead, you can exfoliate your skin with baking soda paste (3 parts sodium bicarbonate and one part water).
People prone to sunburns can relieve the irritation with sodium bicarbonate. Mix the ingredient with water and apply the mixture to the sensitive area of your skin, to relieve the irritation.
10. White Teeth
Baking soda has a bleaching effect, and therefore, can be used a toothpaste to whiten your teeth.
11. Nail Care
Put a little bit of baking soda paste on a toothbrush and brush your nails in a circular motion. This will help you soften the cuticles, making them easier to remove, and it’ll whiten your nails.
12. Natural Deodorant
If you don’t like to use store-bought deodorants, filled with chemicals, you can always make your own natural deodorant. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is dust your armpits with baking soda, to neutralize the odor.