8 Surprising Beauty Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda can help whiten teeth, but it shouldn't be used in excess as it's very abrasive and can damage the enamel.
We all want to stay beautiful and radiant looking to feel good about ourselves and to turn the occasional head. Many people think it’s necessary to spend great deals of money on cosmetics and beauty treatments to stay beautiful, without realizing that we already have all we need for the best beauty treatment at home for our hair, skin, and even teeth. One of the most amazing beauty products is easily found in most homes: sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. We already know it has many uses in the kitchen and for our health, but it also offers a lot of great beauty benefits.
One of the greatest advantages of baking soda is its economical price. In addition, it can be found in almost any store or supermarket. Want to learn how to harness baking soda’s power in your beauty routine?
Beauty experts recommend regularly exfoliating the skin to remove dead cells and the dirt that accumulates from day to day. Baking soda is your best friend when it comes to exfoliating your skin, just mix one part water with three parts baking soda and gently massage across the skin in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and follow up with a moisturizing cream.
Deep Clean Hair
Our hair accumulates oil and contaminants daily, leaving our hair looking and feeling greasy and uncomfortable. The solution to this problem is to mix in a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo and gently massage into the hair, and let work for 10 minutes. As soon as you rinse, your hair will feel fresh and clean.
Knees and Elbows
The knees and elbows are two areas that often suffer from dryness. To moisturize these parts of the body, just add a little baking soda to your daily moisturizing cream and massage into these dry, rough areas.
For healthy hands and nails, make a paste with a little water and baking soda and massage across your hands and nails to leave them smooth and free of dead skin cells and dirt.
Baking soda is an effective, all natural teeth whitening agent. It’s even used in some commercial toothpastes because of its whitening power. To naturally whiten teeth, mix a little baking soda with some water and a pinch of salt and use the resulting paste to brush your teeth and remove stains. Another good idea is to gargle water with baking soda to fight bad breath.
Baking soda is an ideal ingredient for eliminating bad odors, which makes it great for reducing odor caused by perspiration. You can apply it as a paste to the armpits or add a half a cup to a bath. Use as an exfoliant for the armpits to remove stains caused by commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
Baking soda is also effective at treating annoying pimples and blackheads, as well as excess oil. Mix a little baking soda with some lemon juice and apply the resulting paste to the blemish. It’s important to apply this treatment at night because sun exposure can cause the mixture to stain the skin.
Relax and Smooth Tired Feet
Our feet need special care to relax after a long day and to keep the skin free from dead cells. Baking soda will help keep your feet looking beautiful and healthy, just add three tablespoons to a basin of warm water and soak the feet for 10 minutes.