Baking Soda and beauty make a perfect pair!! Sounds Weird. Doesn’t it? But that’s true. This cheap kitchen staple is versatile enough to be used as a DIY alternative to a number of expensive and not so effective beauty treatments. Although there is an exhaustive list of baking soda beauty recipes.
Here Are The Top 10 Homemade Beauty Recipes That You Can Make Using Baking Soda
1. Face And Body Scrub
Small particle size and baking soda’s antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammation properties make it a perfect choice for DIY face and body scrub. Mix 3 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp milled oatmeal in a small bowl. Add just enough water to form a paste. Rub this paste on the skin in circular motion. Wash off with lukewarm water. The scrub will do away dead skin cells from the uppermost layer of skin revealing a baby smooth skin from beneath.
2. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Want to keep off those white flakes falling on your shoulders? Just mix enough baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste that could be applied on scalp. After you have applied the paste on scalp, let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Small particles of baking soda will help in build-up and dandruff removal from the scalp. Massage the scalp for 2 minutes and then rinse the hair with cool water.
3. Teeth Whitener
If you are looking to whiten your teeth without investing in one of those expensive products, Baking soda can to wonders for your teeth. Being a mild abrasive, baking soda is a good choice to effectively remove stains caused by coffee, tea, cigarettes etc. Just take a teaspoon of baking soda in your palm. Use a dampened toothbrush to brush your teeth with this baking soda. You may follow with toothpaste after rinsing it.
4. Artificial Tan Remover
Basking in the sun can be very soothing and relaxing in winters but the tan it leaves behind is almost inevitable. To remove the tan, mix 3 parts of baking soda with one part of water to make a paste. Apply on affected parts of body such as face and arms. Rub the paste in circular strokes. Wash off with mild warm water. Apply astringent. Alternatively, baking soda and fresh lemon juice can be mixed in equal quantities along with 4-5 drops of olive oil. Apply as a face pack. After the pack has dried, wash off with cold water. Repeat twice a week.
Concerned about the dangers that traditional deodorants offer? Don’t worry. Just mix 4 tbsp of baking soda with 7-8 drops of essential oil of your choice. Apply under the arms with a brush. This will not just act as a deodorant but also as an antiperspirant.
6. Acne Spot
The anti-inflammatory properties of baking soda make it an excellent option to heal acne, pimples and other skin eruptions. Do not use baking soda for deep cysts but it is an excellent remedy for surface offenders. Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply on the spots. Let it dry. Wash off with cool water. You may apply the paste overnight also.
To enjoy a spa-like pedicure at home, prepare a foot soak by adding 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in water that is enough for soaking your foot. You may also add your favorite essential oil to the foot soak. Soak for 15-20 minutes. Take your feet out of the soak and exfoliate again with baking soda and water paste. Wash your feet with plain water. Follow with a moisturizer.
8. Blackhead Remover
Baking soda paste mixed with distilled water is an excellent remedy to remove blackheads. Simply rub the paste over the nose and under the chin. For best results, do it while you are taking a steam treatment on your face. Follow with a toner.
9. Detox Bath
If relaxing and resetting is what your body needs, a detox bath is what your body requires. For a soothing detox bath that cleanse from deep within the pores, mix equal quantities of baking soda and sea salt in the soak tub. For a sensuous feel, add few drops of lavender essential oil and indulge in a spa-like experience.
10. Skin Whitening
Make a thick pack using honey and baking soda. Apply it all over your face. After it has dried, splash some water on face and rub the pack in circular motion. Wash off with cool water. While honey will undo the damaged caused by sun, tighten the pores and reveal a brighter complexion by improving blood circulation, Baking soda will fight against bacteria and prevent breakouts on skin.