With expensive beauty products thronging the market, we often find ourselves puzzled. To put an end to your confusion we introduce you to the most underused and inexpensive product found in your kitchen – baking soda. Get ready and acquaint yourself with the many ways you can use it in your beauty regime for quick fixes.
#1. Hair Care
For scalp health, it is important you wash your hair brush regularly. Add baking soda in lukewarm water and dip your brush in it, and gently clean the bristles with your fingertips. Rinse with cold water and let it dry, fit for reuse!
Baking soda can also give your hair a voluminous uplift. Just mix a little baking soda with your regular shampoo and use that to wash your hair. This wash will also help to clean your scalp of all dirt as well.
#2. Acne mask
A baking soda skin care mask is especially good for those who are troubled by acne. In lukewarm water, add some baking soda, and mix it well till it becomes a paste and then apply it on your face. Leave it on till it dries completely before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Not only will it take care of acne, but it will also work as an excellent remedy for blackheads.
Useful Tip: You can also mix baking soda with honey for the same purpose.
#3. Brighter Complexion
For those looking for a brighter and cleaner complexion, then baking soda comes to their rescue too. Take a bowl, and prepare a paste using baking soda, lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil. Apply this paste on clean face and wash it off after 10 minutes to reveal a radiant and fairer you.
#4. Skin Scrub
Since baking soda is grainy, it acts as a natural and an effective scrub. Just sprinkle some of it on your palm, add some water to it, and gently scrub your face with this paste. After three to five minutes, rinse it off with cold water. It acts as an instant dead cells remover sans any chemicals and leaves your skin feeling supple.
Useful Tip: You can also add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or rose water to baking soda to prepare the paste, instead of plain water.
#5. Detoxify Your Body
Pamper your body with a much needed spa-like treatment at home with the help of baking soda. After a long day, it is natural that you feel drained out, but do yourself a favour and add half a cup of baking soda and two cups of Epsom salt in the bath tub filled with lukewarm water. Soak yourself for about half an hour and let your body get back its lost vigour. Make sure you drink enough water before sliding into the bath tub because this detoxification act may leave you dehydrated.
Useful Tip: Instead of the above recipe, you can add one-fourth cup of baby oil and one cup of baking soda to your bath.
#6. Relief from Sunburn
Scorching summers can leave your skin sunburnt, but baking soda treats sunburns as effectively as any other instant-relief methods. Soak a clean cloth in a mixture of baking soda and use this cool compress on the affected area.
Useful Tip: Alternately, you can take bath with lukewarm water that has half a cup of baking soda in it. It will bring relief from constant burning sensation and itching.
#7. Teeth Whitening
Flossing and brushing twice a day not helping your dental routine? Well, for pearl white teeth, make a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, five drops of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of water. Apply this solution evenly on your teeth and let it stay for about ten minutes. Now brush your teeth with regular toothpaste and rinse well with water.
Useful Tip: You can also mix baking soda with mashed strawberries and lemon juice to prepare a teeth whitening paste.
Body odour is a major turn off and can put you in an embarrassing situation, unannounced. So combat this trouble by using baking soda to neutralise body odour. Create a mixture of baking soda and your favourite essential oil, and apply it onto your underarms with a powder puff. You will not only amaze those around you with its fragrance, but also prevent sweat stains.
#9. Nail Care
Envy friends who show off long, French manicured nails? Worry not for baking soda will manicure your nails perfectly. To begin with, sprinkle some baking soda on your nail brush and gently scrub your nails before washing it with warm water. In case, you have fungal-infected nails, then make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it on the nails for about 7-10 minutes before washing it. Do it at least twice a day for it to rid you of the fungal infection.
#10. Feet Care
As we said, baking soda can be used for beauty uses from head to toe. Baking soda can help you to get rid of foot odour and can also be used for pedicure. For a spa-like pedicure at home, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with an essential oil of your choice (lavender, tea tree rose or jasmine), and soak your feet in it for at least 20-25 minutes.
You can also use baking soda as a scrub to exfoliate your feet’s rough spot more effectively. What’s more? This soak will help to take care of foot odour problems as well.