I don’t know about you, but baking soda is my miracle in a can. And, the best part is that it is literally pennies on the dollar. No matter how beautiful each and every one of us is, skin is really a sensitive topic for all us, and sometimes we spend hundreds of bucks in a bid to buy the latest beauty product that might cure our skin problems. Sometimes, we tend to overlook the natural beauty enhancer that is probably already sitting in a random corner of our kitchen. Baking soda is exactly what you need to fight daily beauty woes. It is cheap so it will save you money, it will save the Earth and probably, it will save your skin.
Uses of baking soda are plentiful. While many of think of baking soda as an ingredient to keep our kitchen or refrigerators odor-free, we often look past of its incredible benefits on the skin.
The natural component called sodium bicarbonate a.k.a baking soda serves as a cleanser for basically everything, from your skin to your toilet. Considering its alkaline nature, baking soda balances the pH levels of your skin. It also helps in exfoliating the dead skin cells to reveal new freshness. Keep scrolling down to see how you can use baking soda for many skin issues:
The reason for acne surfacing on the skin could be numerous, from your skin being clogged due to dead skin, because of oil or bacteria. And if acne does not get proper treatment, it can leave some marks and scars behind. Baking soda and water work wonderfully with acne scars. You can create a paste with the two ingredients and it should be thick enough to be easily applied on the skin. Baking soda will exfoliate the scarred skin and reveal a fresh layer. This paste can be applied 2 to 3 times a day for about 3-4 minutes before you rinse it off.
As we already know, baking soda has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Since it can dry out your skin due to its alkaline component, it will help you relief from itching and swelling that comes with skin rashes. To create a paste, you can add coconut oil too. Apply this paste two times a day for 4-5 minutes for a soothing effect.
If your sunburnt skin has been very itchy and bothering you, grab baking soda as it has a very nice cooling effect. To create a paste-like formula, mix baking soda and cold water and apply it on the affected area for a couple of minutes before you wash it off.
As said earlier, baking soda has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in it, which is why baking soda helps with infections that cause blackheads in the first place. Baking soda actually loosens the skin around blackheads to enable an easier extraction of them.
Yes, baking soda is used to make your skin brighter and whiter. A facial wash using a paste-like formula created by mixing water and baking soda will help in whitening your skin. All you have to do is scrub it gently in your face using a circular motion for two minutes. After you’re done, rinse it off with water and apply a moisturizer.
Uneven Skin Tone
Mixing baking soda and rosewater is perfect for treating an uneven skin tone. Rosewater helps maintains skin’s pH balance and reduces the redness. All you need to do is mix one part of baking soda with one part of rose water to make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area, and wash it off with cold water after the paste has dried on your skin. You can use this paste twice a week and kiss your uneven skin tone goodbye.
Baking soda helps in the exfoliating of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties provide a soothing effect. Moreover, its anti-fungal properties prevent any infections that may be caused due to the pus that it usually around an ingrown hair. You can mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and apply it on the affected skin for 5 minutes. Use this paste twice a day and rinse it with water. Or, you could even make a scrub by mixing baking soda, oatmeal, and water. This paste-like formula can be applied to your hands, legs or other affected areas with ingrown hair. Leave it on for 5 minutes then wash it off with water. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin.
Mixing baking soda and apple cider vinegar will sure kill off all your skins dead cells and reduce the age spots. Take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This combination can be applied to all the dull areas of your face. You should gently massage this mixture on the face and once it dries, you can wash it off with water. If your skin is oily, it’d be fine to use it every day, otherwise, it can be irritating, so it is recommended to use it every two or three days.
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