Baking soda is one of the most common ingredients we find in the kitchen. Traditionally, it is used in the kitchen for cooking and baking but also comes in handy when you need to unclog a kitchen drain. However, baking soda is great for a variety of things now, one of which is beauty regimes. Baking soda is fast becoming a staple product for different types of problems, and it has also proven to be quite effective. Below are some great uses for baking soda when you want to become more beautiful than you already are:
Baking soda works as a mild abrasive agent to remove any yellowness or stains on your teeth. Additionally, it also helps to remove plaque by neutralizing acid that’s produced by bacteria. You can be sure they your pearly whites remain beautifully white with baking soda. You can add a small amount of baking soda to your toothpaste and brush as your normally would for 2 minutes. You can also prepare a homemade teeth whitening agent: combine 4 tablespoons of root turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 3 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil. Use a small amount of this paste on your teeth for a few days. However, be careful with how much baking soda you use because it can strip your teeth of its natural enamel.
Baking soda is alkaline in nature, which helps to soothe sunburned skin, and relieve the itchy and burning sensation. Moreover, baking soda also has mild antiseptic and drying properties that can quickly dry out any blisters caused by a sunburn. You can mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of cold water and use a clean washcloth to apply as a cool compress for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to wring out the washcloth of any excess water before applying it to your skin. You can also add 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bathtub and soak yourself for 10 to 15 minutes. After this, pat your body dry and let the air dry the rest of the water.
Treats Stained Nails
If you use a lot of nail polish, or work a job that causes your nails to be stained, you can use baking soda to remove the unsightly yellowing. The bleaching and exfoliating properties work well to clean up stained nails. Mix 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl. Stir well until the baking soda dissolves, and immerse your nails in the solution for 2 to 3 minutes. You can do this once a fortnight. You can also use a mixture of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste and apply it to your nails for 2 minutes before you rise it off with water. You can repeat this once every 2 months.
The chemicals used in certain acne treatments can be harmful for the skin, so baking soda can be replaced as a great natural treatment. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make the skin healthier and less puffy, and can also reduce the instances of breakouts in the future. Moreover, it also balances the skin’s pH levels. A mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a small amount of water will make a paste that can be applied to the affected area for about 2 minutes. Rise this hardened paste off with cold water, and repeat this routine once a day for a maximum for 4 days. After this, you can continue to do this once or twice a week.
Fights Body Odor
Baking soda works as an excellent natural deodorizer for the body. It treats mild to severe body odor, and absorbs moisture and sweat from the skin to reduce future instances of odor. Baking soda also kills the bacteria that causes the odor because it has natural antibacterial properties. Combine 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Use a cotton ball to rub this mixture on your underarms or other areas where there is excessive sweating. You can also make a mixture of baking soda and cornstarch in equal amounts, and dust this powder onto your underarms to prevent odor and sweating.