I am sure you must be having a packet of baking soda in your pantry, but trust me, it is one of the most underused and inexpensive things lying on your kitchen shelf. Did you know that this alkaline substance is packed with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and properties that can do wonders to your face, body, skin and hair? However with everything else in this world, excessive use of baking soda can be seriously dangerous. So, use it in moderate amounts to bring out the best in you.
In this article we have listed 12 beauty benefits of baking soda that can enhance your beauty quotient:
To keep your pearly whites shiny and healthy, do get a packet of baking soda today. It also helps remove plaque by neutralising the acids produced by bacteria.
Sprinkle a little baking soda on your brush (over your regular toothpaste) or brush your teeth with a paste of baking soda, turmeric root powder and extra-virgin coconut oil.
Not every morning is the same; sometimes it feels the clock is ticking too fast and then a thought of washing hair and then all the effort of drying them can give anyone cold feet, but there is always a shortcut to all such issues. Have you ever tried a dry shampoo? Well sprinkle a little baking soda at the tousle and roots of your hair, and voila!! Beautiful hair with great volume is what you have!
To give a voluminous uplift to your hair, try mixing a little baking soda to your regular shampoo. Use this mixture to wash your hair and get rid of all the dirt and grease.
A face mask made of baking soda is especially beneficial for those suffering from acne. Simply mix a small quantity of baking soda with little lukewarm water to make a thick paste. Alternatively, you can mix baking soda with honey and apply it on your face and let it dry. As an add-on ugly blackheads will also be a thing of the past.
We all do love sun-kissed skin, but scorching summers can potentially damage your skin. Baking soda can effectively provide relief from the itching sunburns. Simply mix a small quantity of baking soda with water and soak a clean cloth in this mixture. Use this as a cool compress on the affected area.
This naturally occurring inexpensive crystalline substance can help you get rid of foot odour along with making your feet beautiful and supple. If you wish to treat your feet to a spa-like pedicure at home, make a paste of baking soda with a few drops of an essential oil of your choice and soak your feet in it for about half an hour. Alternatively, you can also exfoliate your skin using a paste of baking soda with water.
Have you ever noticed that your nails turn yellow when you leave the nail paint on for a couple of days? For beautiful and white nails, sprinkle some baking soda on your nail buff and very gently scrub your nails in circular motion. In case, you have fungal infection then apply a thick paste of baking soda and water on your nails and leave it for about 10 minutes before washing it with warm water. You can also use this paste to scrub your entire hands to make them soft and supple.
8. Natural Deodorant
We all know that body odour is one of the major turn offs for most people. So, to combat it the natural way; consider using baking soda. Prepare a mixture of baking soda with an essential oil of your choice. Apply it generously onto your underarms using a powder buff. It not only prevents body odour, but also sweat stains. Simple, isn’t it?
If you wish to freshen your breath, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Use this solution to wash, swish and rinse your mouth. Isn’t it the simplest and effective way to neutralise bad breath?
Makeup brushes are prone to germ build-up but washing them regularly using baking soda can help remove oils and any residues from cosmetic products. For this, make a solution of baking soda with water and soak your brushes in this solution for about half an hour. Rinse them off with warm water and leave them to dry naturally.
You would be amazed at what wonders baking soda can do to your body. Make a body scrub by mixing 3 tbsp of baking soda with 1 tbsp of grounded oatmeal in 3 tbsp of water. Be very gentle and rub this paste in circular motion on your entire body. The baking soda will help get rid of all the dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh, hydrated and soft. You can also consider taking bath by adding half a cup of baking soda to your bathtub.
Dark spots and acne marks on the face can affect your self-esteem and ruin your appearance. To fade these marks soon make a paste of baking soda with distilled water. Apply this paste on the affected area for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off using plenty of water. Regular use of baking soda can help fade these ugly marks in just a couple of days.
I believe that after reading this article you will take out that almost forgotten packet of baking soda and put it to some more use apart from cooking!