Did you think that bicarbonate can only be used in gastronomy? Baking soda has cleaning and antiseptic qualities, so you can do a lot of things with this ingredient.
Baking soda has many benefits for our skin. It acts as a natural exfoliator, it is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. We are going to discover all its properties and how to take better advantage of them.
What are the benefits of baking soda?
There are some benefits, but unfortunately, not as many as everyone claims. However, baking soda works as an exfoliator thanks to its slightly gritty texture. It also offers anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is usually a good product to soothe minor irritations. And lastly, it can also help balance the natural pH of your skin, so if it tends to be oily, baking soda is definitely going to help you prevent clogged pores. However, you need to be extra careful.
Are there any side effects?
Speaking of pH, baking soda is alkaline, so it can easily disrupt your skin pH levels, over-stripping it of its natural oils. Do you know what happens then? Premature wrinkles happen. And we definitely don’t want that.
So, while there are some benefits linked to the use of baking soda in skincare, they are not as many as everyone says they are. So, before messing with your skin pH, make sure you check with your dermatologist!
Here are 4 uses for bicarbonate that will surprise you:
Baking soda helps with the bacteria that cause odor. That's why it's used in natural deodorants. And you can make natural deodorants yourself!
- You'll need a spoonful of baking soda, half a spoonful of coconut oil, and 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (or any refreshing oil that you like).
- Mix into a paste.
- Apply the paste to your underarms, gently patting it onto your skin with your fingertips.
- Make sure the paste is completely dry before getting dressed and done!
Bicarbonate serves as a body scrub. Especially for those rough skin areas, such as elbows, knees, or heels. It is a physical exfoliant that will remove all the dead cells from your skin.
Mix your moisturizer or shower gel with a tablespoon of baking soda and massage for about 5 minutes.
To use as a scalp scrub, mix one tablespoon of the baking soda with one tablespoon of your shampoo and wash thoroughly with your fingertips. Remember that the important thing is to massage the scalp, not the hair. You will notice that your hair is shinier, silky and it will feel much cleaner after you've conditioned it.
3. For blackheads
With baking soda, you can clean out the clogged pores and blackheads.
- Mix equal amounts of baking soda and water (1 tsp of each, for instance) gently massage the affected area.
- It will also help if you have some spots, as it has whitening properties. Just make sure you rinse with warm water and moisturize afterward.
4. For wrinkles
Anti-wrinkle mask with baking soda
What do you need?
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Recipe: If the coconut oil is in a solid state, you must melt the coconut oil in a water bath. Then place them in a clean, dry container and mix until you get a homogeneous mixture.
How do you apply it?
Wash and dry your face, making sure you remove any dirt or makeup that you may have. Apply the mask on the neck and face, making circular massages, and leave it to act for 10-15 minutes and then remove it with warm water. Repeat the application 1 or 2 times a week. As a result, you will get smooth, fresh skin free of wrinkles or expression lines.