Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but it’s also a major player in the beauty realm. This inexpensive product that’s likely already in your kitchen is amazing for tons of DIY beauty and hair needs.
Mix baking soda with a little bit of water, so it turns into a moist paste, then apply under the arms as a deodorant. It’s great for preventing sweat stains and body odor.
Every now and then, our hair absolutely is screaming for relief from product buildup. Add a small amount of baking soda into your shampoo and use as normal. It will clean out that buildup and all your products will work the way they are supposed to again!
“Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 5 drops hydrogen peroxide, and a few drops of water. To make the teeth whitening solution, mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a small container until a consistent paste develops, add water only if necessary,” says Dr. Jessica Emery of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago. Apply the solution to your teeth evenly with a toothbrush, and allow it to stay on the teeth for five minutes. Brush off with normal toothpaste and rinse thoroughly with water. For consistent results, repeat this process once every week. “If you’re not satisfied with the results, leave the mixture on for 10 minutes at a time, no more though, because you may get an uneven application and your teeth may get sensitive,” says Dr. Emery.
Have you been getting way too many gel manicures? Are your cuticles looking like they’ve been through a war? Create a paste out of baking soda and warm water and rub on your cuticles. If you have enough, also treat your hands to a bit of a softening facial with the same mixture.
Baking soda makes a fabulous, all-natural exfoliant. Just mix a little with some water in your palm and scrub it all over your face. Instant dead skin cell remover. All natural and no chemicals = happy skin!
A teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of distilled water makes an excellent solution for blackheads. “This is what many professional estheticians use (or they buy a pre-made solution which is basically the same) either with steam or with galvanic current prior to extractions. It helps draw out the blackheads and makes extractions come out very easily,” says esthetician Pearl Dworkin.
You can do this at home by first cleansing and then mixing up the solution and holding your head over a basin of hot water with a towel over your head to help concentrate the heat and steam. Extractions should be done gently with fingers wrapped in cotton and gentle pressure.
Baking soda also makes a great detox bath. Mix it with equal parts sea salt and add your favorite essential oil (lavender or jasmine are very calming.)
If you are out of dry shampoo or are on the run, baking soda can be a great pitch hitter. Sprinkle a dime-size amount (or less, depending on how oily you are) onto your hair. You can always add more, but you don’t want to use too much off the bat. Then, just comb, fluff, and enjoy.
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