Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a solid white crystalline without odor.
I’m pretty sure that you know its “powers” and that it can be used in many areas of food, health, home, and industry.
It is available and cost effective since it is found in a natural state, dissolved in mineral springs around the world.
WHAT CAN BAKING SODA DO FOR YOUR SKIN
You can perceive baking soda as an antibacterial agent with a lot of natural and chemical free characteristics. The good part is that it can help treating a broad range of skin problems.
For example, it can be very effective in removing dry, dead skin that can cause acne, blackheads and other skin problems.
Without further ado, here are the benefits of baking soda
How? Well, its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties can cure underlying fungal infections which mean that it can prevent acne and lighten acne scars. Additionally, its alkaline nature corrects the pH imbalances of the skin, and this directly attacks the core of the infection behind the formation of acne.
Exfoliate Your Skin
The main benefit here is removing the dead skin cells without causing irritation. This is possible because of its fine granule structure.
Decrease The Number Of Blackheads
When you use baking soda on your area with blackheads, the baking soda is loosening the skin around them, which enables easier extraction. Additionally, its antibacterial and antifungal properties treat infections that cause blackheads.
Cleanses Your Skin
Baking soda is an alkaline, which helps soften the sebum and debris on the face. It also clears and opens up pores and absorbs excess oil preventing clogging of pores.
Helps With Other, General Skin Conditions
Baking soda can reduce discomfort when you are having insect bites, allergic rashes or skin area exposed to poison. What you need to do is make a paste (made of baking soda in water) and place it on the infected skin area.
OTHER WAYS TO USE BAKING SODA
Baking Soda Mask With Coconut Oil
Here’s how to make it: Before going to bed, take one spoon of baking soda and one spoon of coconut oil (keep a 1:1 ratio). Mix it and then apply it gently over the acne area. After 5-10 minutes rinse with lukewarm water.
Basic Baking Soda Mask
Here’s how to make it: Make a paste of 1 and 1/2 tbsp baking soda with 1 tbsp water gently apply it onto your skin. After 5-10 mins, rinse it with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
Baking Soda Mask With Oatmeal
Here’s how to make it: In a glass put one tsp. Of baking soda and two tsp. of oatmeal. Stir it. Start adding water one drop at a time and stir. The goal here is to make a paste. Rub it gently (in a circular motion) on your skin. After 7 minutes rinse well with lukewarm water after, pat dry and moisturize.
Baking Soda Mask With Orange Juice
Here’s how to make it: Take 1 tbsp of no-pulp orange juice and 1 tbsp of baking soda. Mix it and then apply it on your face. Leave it like that for 20 mins. Rinse clean, pat dry, and moisturize. If you don’t have orange juice at the moment, you can use lemon or grapefruit.
Baking Soda Mask With Honey
Here’s how to make it: Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda, two tsp of honey and 1 tbsp of orange juice. Wash your face and pat it dry. Apply the mixture and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and moisturize.
Baking Soda Mask With Tea Tree Oil
Here’s how to make it: Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1/3 cup baking soda and 2 tbsp of tea tree oil. Apply it on your face for 10 minutes. Rinse, dry gently and moisturize.
READ THIS BEFORE YOU USE BAKING SODA ON YOUR SKIN
Ok, the baking soda is safe and non-toxic, but still, you have to know this:
- Don’t apply it on a raw or tender skin. (After shaving anyone?) It will cause a temporary stinging or burning sensation.
- If you have open blisters, burns or cracked skin, please don’t put baking soda in your bathtub
- Please, please don’t make and use baking soda face mask if you are having sunburns, etc.
- When you want to use baking soda on your face, don’t apply the mixture immediately on your face skin area. Test it out first on your forearm.
- If you notice a sting or a discomfort, wash it off immediately.
I know this goes without saying, but please avoid contact with your eyes. If this happens, rinse with cold water right away.