The uses for baking soda are countless! Baking soda is made from soda ash. It can be obtained either through manufacturing, or mined in the form of an ore called trona. It’s non-toxic and multi-purpose. Most people think of cooking or cleaning when they think of the uses for baking soda, but there are so many other things you can do with it.
Today though, I would like to share with you a few ways to incorporate this natural power powder into your beauty routine to make you extra gorgeous.
Exfoliating Microdermabrasion Boost
Using baking soda as a gentle facial scrub is my favorite way to use it. My skin always feels baby soft and I swear it makes me look a few years younger each time I use it!
A quick and easy way of exfoliating your face is to add a little baking soda to your facial cleanser just before you apply it. It will give your cleanser a boost by adding a gentle texture to the mix which sloughs away dead skin. This allows your cleanser to reach deeper into your pores for a more effective clean. Apply using gentle circular motions. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. Your skin will be noticeably smoother.
You can also use baking soda alone with a little water. Make a paste in the palm of your hand. Avoiding the eye area, gently apply to your dampened face using gentle circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. It will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and devoid of impurities.
Try one of these all natural masks for brighter, prettier skin.
Directions: Wash your face with your regular facial cleanser. Choose a mask from below applying it in gentle circular motions. If you have sensitive skin, use a bit more oil than baking soda in either mask recipe. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize as usual.
- 2 parts baking soda
- 1 part olive oil or tea tree oil
- 1 part lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Fight Acne Naturally
Acne can be hard to remedy naturally. Baking soda acts as an astringent to clean out pores while simultaneously shrinking them. Honey has antibacterial properties and heals so it’s ideal for speeding up the healing process of acne as well as helping to get rid of free radicals that help contribute to the development of acne.
Make a paste using ingredients below. Apply to your face and leave this mask on your skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part honey
Brighten Your Smile
Baking soda acts as a natural form of bleach. Because of this, it whitens and brightens your teeth.
Apply this paste mixture using a toothbrush brushing in gentle circular motions. Rinse mouth completely when done.
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part lemon juice
- 1 part smashed strawberries (*optional)
Whiten Your Nails
Have you ever had a vampy, dark nail polish leave your nails an ugly yellow color when you removed it?
Try mixing equal parts baking soda and peroxide into a paste. Rub it into your nails. Make sure to get your cuticles while your at it for softer prettier cuticles too. It will remove the staining and make your nail beds look bright and fresh! Just make sure to follow up with a rich cuticle cream or oil because the peroxide can be a little drying.
Treat yourself to a relaxing baking soda pedicure. Baking soda prevents fungal infection because of it’s antibacterial properties. It softens your feet too.
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil or tea tree oil (tea tree oil has antibacterial properties which will help to fight fungus) to a basin of warm water. Soak your feet in the solution for 20 minutes.
Time to exfoliate! Once your 20 minutes are up, pull your feet out and set them on a towel. Do not dry them. Rub them down really well with a small handful of baking soda. The dampness from your foot bath will help form a paste to achieve the scrubbing action. Rinse with warm water and apply a rich cream.
Baking Soda Body Scrub
Baking soda acts as an excellent all-over body scrub. The fine texture allows for a gentle but thorough exfoliation that helps remove dry and flaky patches of skin. This would be the perfect prep exfoliator before applying self-tanner.
There are two simple ways to use this method. You can use it with your regular body wash by pouring out some body wash and mixing it with some baking soda in your hand. You can also just pour out some baking soda into your hand and add a little water until a paste is formed.
Once you have your mixture ready to go, apply to your body rubbing it gently all over. Pay special attention to areas like elbows and knees where skin tends to be a little tougher.
Adding baking soda to your bath will help detoxify your body and leave you with extra silky skin. A baking soda bath also helps sooth dry, itchy Winter skin.
Just add 1/2 – 1 Cup to your warm bath water and swish it a little to help it dissolve. Soak for 20 minutes.
Baking soda helps to remove the extra product build up and impurities left in your hair from the day to day grind. The cool thing is it will also help to prevent future product build up. The result is softer, shinier hair with amazing volume.
Add a small amount of baking soda (about the size of a quarter) to your palm right on top of your daily shampoo. Rub together and apply to wet hair as usual. Make sure to really work it all through your hair to loosen any build up. Rinse with warm water and condition as usual.
You’ve heard of using baby powder as a dry shampoo substitute, right? Well using baking soda is actually even better. Baby powder will help soak up any grease but it leaves your hair feeling filmy and full of static. It also can leave a noticeable white residue in darker hair colors. Baking soda on the other hand will help soak up any dirt and grease too, but will also neutralize any odor present rather than simply covering it up with a baby scented fragrance. The texture of baking soda is a little easier to brush out, so you don’t have the tell tale white powder residue at your scalp either.
Sprinkle a little into your hands and rub it into the roots of your hair. Work it in using the pads of your fingers as if you were shampooing. Let it sit in the hair for about 10-15 minutes to soak up any dirt and oil and to give it a chance to refresh the hair. Thoroughly brush out and style as usual.
Get The Chlorine Out Of Your Hair
Do you swim in a chlorinated pool? Then you probably have some issues with your hair acting up from all those chemicals. Some typical problems swimmers face pertaining to chlorine and their hair is over dry straw-like texture, and for blonde’s, a green tinge to their hair color. Although there are shampoos and conditioners on the market specifically for swimmers hair, I have an all natural and much cheaper alternative.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into 1 cup of water.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste
Use your preferred solution above to wash your hair as if it were your regular shampoo. As you rinse your hair, the chlorine will wash out with the solution. Condition as usual.
Brush & Comb Cleaner
Are your combs and brushes starting to look a little yucky from all the extra hairspray and products you use in your hair on a regular basis? I have a simple and easy solution to get them fresh and clean again. This trick involves both baking soda and bleach. These two cleansers are excellent on their own, but when combined, they give each other a super boost of cleaning and refreshing power.
- Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of bleach to a basin or large bowl of hot water.
- Soak your combs and brushes for 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly and let air dry.
You don’t mean to but sometimes it happens. You get a sunburn and it hurts! Baking soda has an alkaline property which provides a soothing affect on sunburned skin, reducing itching and inflammation, while providing a cooling effect that helps retain moisture. It’s antiseptic property allows for faster healing. There are a few ways to get some relief using baking soda.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bath tub of cool water.
- Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes or until your skin starts to feel better.
- Do not rinse bath water off. Allow skin to air dry. Repeat regularly.
- Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of cool water.
- Soak a washcloth in the mixture and let sit on sunburned areas of skin.
- Blend 2 cold cucumbers in a blender. Stir in enough baking soda to make a thin paste.
- Apply paste to sunburned area and let dry for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water. Repeat regularly.
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Did you learn any new techniques for using baking soda in your beauty routine? I have to admit I learned a few new tricks that I wasn’t aware of before while writing this article. It’s amazing how versatile baking soda is. Plus, with it being all natural, you don’t have to worry about what kind of chemicals you are introducing to your body.
If you know of any tricks I forgot, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!