What Is Baking Soda?
Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate, or bicarbonate of soda. It is a crystal white powder with an alkaline taste and without odor. An easily available and cost- effective natural resource, sodium bicarbonate has many industrial, food, and health uses.
Why should you use baking soda for skin care?
Baking soda is an efficient and inexpensive way to make yourself cosmetic products for face and body. They will leave your skin looking and feeling clean and soft. Baking soda is completely natural and free of chemicals. Its antibacterial properties fight acne and dry skin. It also serves as an exfoliant and can be combined with other natural ingredients to soothe and soften rough skin. Read more below for these and several other benefits of baking soda for beautiful skin.
Exfoliates, removes blackheads and cleanses face
The fine granule structure of baking soda removes dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties treat infections that cause blackheads and acne. The alkaline nature of baking soda helps soften the sebum and debris on face. It also opens up and clears pores, and absorbs excess oil thus preventing clogging of pores.
To prepare your own exfoliant and cleanser, you just need one teaspoon of baking soda and two teaspoons of water. Make a paste, rub it gently on your face in a circular motion, and rinse it with water.
Cleanses and softens hands
To scrub away dirt and neutralize odors on hands, prepare a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Alternatively, you can use a gentle liquid hand soap instead of water. Rub the mixture gently on your hands and rinse. This natural scrub will leave your hands clean and soft.
Create your own foot bath with a tablespoon of baking soda and warm water. Baking soda removes bacteria and odors. It also helps to prevent toenail fungus. You can even strengthen the curing effect of your foot bath by adding 5-10 drops of tea tree oil.
You can naturally substitute traditional deodorants, full of harmful chemical substances, by baking soda.
- It absorbs moisture from the skin and keeps it dry;
- It kills bacteria and neutralizes / alkalizes the body to prevent excess sweating and odor;
- Baking soda lowers the pH level of the sweating parts to counteract the acids in sweat.
Prepare your own deodorant by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to create a milky paste. If you like a specific aroma, you can add 3-4 drops of an essential oil such as orange, lemon or lavender oil. Rub this mixture on your underarms or even on your feet.
Being sunburn, your skin is painful and fragile. It would benefit from soaking in a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Add half a cup of baking soda to your bath to soothe your skin. Alternatively, you can add baking soda to your favorite body lotion.
Relieves Itchy skin
Discomfort from allergic rashes and bug bites can be reduced by baking soda. Mix a teaspoon of it with some water to make a paste, then rub it onto the affected areas.
Splinters will come out naturally after a treatment for several days with baking soda. Soak the problem area twice a day into a mixture of baking soda and water.
Baking soda is generally safe and completely non-toxic. Anyway, take the following precautions:
- Avoid applying it directly to raw or tender skin, for example after shaving. This may cause a temporary stinging or burning sensation;
- Avoid baths with baking soda if you have any open wounds, blisters, burns or cracked skin