Baking soda for the skin and hair? 3 practical and simple homemade uses of sodium bicarbonate you didn't know about

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.

I confess –I'm a baking soda addict. I use it for just about everything: as a cleaner, as a face scrub, as toothpaste, shampoo and when I cook. It's a product that I always have at hand. Cosmetic applications of bicarbonate are many, but little known. You may know that it can be used to whiten teeth or to remove bacteria in the mouth.

Here are 3 uses for bicarbonate that will surprise you:

1. Deodorant

Sodium bicarbonate as a natural deodorant

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!

The method:

2. Exfoliant

Cosmetic applications of bicarbonate are many, but little known

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.

Body scrub:

Mix your moisturizer or shower gel with a tablespoon of baking soda and massage for about 5 minutes.

Scalp scrub:

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

Sodium bicarbonate for blackheads

With the baking soda, you can clean out the clogged pores and blackheads. 

The method:

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.

Now that you know you can include it as a cosmetic product, go get some at the local store!

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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