Baking soda: a multitasking wonder that goes beyond the kitchen.
More commonly used for baked goods or to absorb funky smells in your refrigerator, this versatile P60 steal can also be an effective, natural beauty fix. Since at Health Begins With Her, we strive to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, we present five different ways you can incorporate baking soda into your beauty routine.
Baking soda reduces excessive sweating by absorbing moisture from the skin. It acts as a pH-balancer, bringing smells such as body odor to a neutral state.
How? Combine equal parts of baking soda and water in a small bowl until it creates a thick paste. Apply it evenly and it should be thick enough to coat the underarm skin. Allow to sit for about a couple of minutes until completely dry. When I tested it out, it kept my armpits relatively dry throughout the day. I applied it in the morning, and reapplied again before working out. I was surprised by how effective it was to the point that I completely forgot that I wasn’t using my usual deodorant!
2. Mouthwash & Teeth Whitener
Baking soda is a common ingredient found in commercial toothpastes, gums, and lozenges to help get rid of bad breath. It is also a mild abrasive agent that can remove debris and surface stains on teeth caused by smoking, coffee, etc.
How? Mix equal parts of baking soda with water until it creates a paste. Apply the paste on your toothbrush or finger and brush mildly for about two minutes. You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of your regular amount of toothpaste and then brush.
It is important to make sure you thoroughly rinse your mouth afterwards so no remnants of baking soda are left over. Limit the use of baking soda as a teeth whitener to at most two to three times a week. Baking soda can damage the teeth’s enamel and make it more sensitive if used excessively.
3. Facial & Body Scrub
When dissolved in water, baking soda can act as a soap and help remove grease and dirt. The granules found in baking soda can exfoliate dead skin cells, evening out the skin tone and preventing buildup from clogged pores as a result.
How? Place a tablespoon of baking soda and water on the palm of your hand to make paste. Massage using gentle circular motions for 30 seconds. Concentrate on areas that are dry or prone to dead skin such as the nose, forehead, or chin. Of course, before applying on your face – make sure to do a patch test to determine whether the baking soda doesn’t irritate your skin.
4. Foot Soak & Exfoliator
As a pH neutralizer, baking soda is an excellent ingredient to reduce odor. It can also be a great exfoliator to remove callouses and dead skin cells.
How? Put three tablespoons of baking soda in a tub or basin of warm water. Soak feet and gently scrub with a pumice stone or brush. You can even add a few drop of lavender oil to make it a relaxing, fragrant experience!
5. Dry Shampoo
Did you know baking soda is one of the most popular ingredients for a DIY dry shampoo? The alkaline nature of baking soda helps balances the pH level, leaving your scalp in a cleaner state.
How? Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the roots of your hair and comb through with a wide brush.