Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Baking soda is usually known by all, as a cooking ingredient and for its cleaning properties. But the best part is that baking soda is one of the ingredients of beauty secret recipes. This article brings 13 amazing ways to use baking soda to enhance your beauty and health.

13 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Enhance Your Beauty & Health

Baking soda is used for beautifying effect on the skin. It is also found in toothpaste. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate. Baking soda is also used to improve good health and is extremely beneficial for the skin too.

Here are some of the ways to use baking soda to enhance your beauty and health:

Clean and Soft Hands:

Ingredients: Baking soda and warm water, 1 teaspoon each

Take a spoon of baking soda and mix it in warm water. Soak both your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Then take a soft brush and scrub the dirt from the nails. Rub the entire hand with a soft body scrub. Finally, wipe your hands dry with a soft towel. Witness the change in your hands. They will feel soft and clean. This is an amazing beauty benefit of baking soda.

How to Use Baking Soda to Get Relief from Itchiness

Ingredients: Baking soda and water, an equal quantity

If your skin has allergic rashes and causes severe itching, get relief from your itches by just applying a mixture of baking soda and water on your skin. It soothes the skin from rashes caused by bee stings and bug bites as well. The paste will soothe the itches and heal the affected area..

How to Use Baking Soda to Remove Sunburn

Ingredients: Baking soda and warm water, equal quantity. Oatmeal and corn-starch (optional)

There are many outdoor activities that make you spend long hours in the sun. Over-exposure to the sun gives you sunburns. Just add about half a cup of baking soda to warm water while taking your bath. Soak your body in the tub for about 10 minutes. This helps your body to relax in warm water and helps in healing the affected area. One of the amazing beauty benefits of baking soda is that it can change the skin texture to soft and lighter skin color. It also soothes any itching or redness caused by sunburns. You can apply a thick layer of the mixed paste on specific affected areas for better effects.

How to Use Baking Soda to Remove Blemishes

Ingredients: Baking soda and lemon juice. One teaspoon each

One of the beauty benefits of baking soda also include its use to remove blemishes. Mix lemon juice with baking soda and spread the paste on the skin affected by acne. You can apply it on dark spots or pigments that blemish your skin. Allow it to remain on the skin for about 2 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Blemishes can be removed from the face and from other parts of the body. Do not allow the paste to remain for long duration. Make sure you remove all traces of the mixture from your skin, to avoid excess drying up of skin. You can apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer, as the combination of lime and baking soda makes the skin dry.

How to Use Baking Soda for Facial Exfoliation

Ingredients: Baking soda and water, an equal quantity

Take a mixture of baking soda and water and stir it briskly to form a mixture. Rub the mixture all over the face. Use circular and upward motion. You can feel the dry cells leave your face and your face will regain its softness and add a natural glow to your face. The fact that it can be used as a facial exfoliator is an amazing beauty benefit of baking soda.

Ways to Use Baking Soda to Get Rid of Acne

Contents: Baking soda and water, an equal quantity

One of the beauty and skin health benefits of baking soda is that it can be used to treat acne. Mix equal quantities of baking soda and water. Check the areas which need to be cleaned. Apply the paste on the area that is infested with pimples or blackheads. Some have whiteheads too. Leave it on for about 2 to 3 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Gently rub your face dry with a clean towel. Apply some non-comedogenic moisturizer so that the skin does not become too dry. If you have a severe bout of acne, you can take this treatment for 2 or three days continuously. Later, you can switch to twice a week and even later, to once a week.

Baking Soda for Treatment for Moles

Ingredients: Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and Epsom salt in an equal quantity of 1 cup each. Boiling water and vinegar, ¼ cup each

When you have many moles on your face, they will overshadow the original beauty of the face. However, as an amazing beauty benefit of baking soda, you can treat them with a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and Epsom salt. When you apply this mixture on the mole, it would lighten up the color of the mole. The mixture contents when blended, give off a caustic solution which helps to dehydrate and shrivel the moles. You can also store the contents in a bottle for regular use.

Using Baking Soda to Get The Bridal Glow

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon orange juice.

Treatment: Brides usually get a bridal glow that makes them even more beautiful. But with a small magical spell using baking soda and orange extract, you can add to your natural glow. Apply the mixture on your face. Allow it to remain for about 5 minutes and wash it off with cool water. Dry your face with a towel and apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Ways to Fight Oily Skin with Baking Soda

Ingredients: Baking soda and water. Equal quantity

Treatment: If you have an oily skin, you can dilute baking soda using water and apply it on your face. Give your face a gentle scrub and rinse off the mixture from your face. Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Baking soda has a drying effect on the skin, hence one of the 13 amazing beauty benefits of baking soda is that it can be used to fight oily skin.

How to Use Baking Soda to Reduce Facial Hair?

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 200 ml of hot water

Make a mixture of baking soda and hot water. Dip a small piece of cotton into the mixture and keep it on the facial hair that you do not want, especially above the upper lip and on the chin. Secure it with a bandage and allow it to stay in the same place overnight. Remove it the next day and wash your face. This will prevent further growth of facial hair and will lighten the color. If you allow it to stay overnight, you should make sure that you will not develop any skin irritation, by taking a patch test. Apply a moisturizer to the area. With the use of this recipe, you can see the amazing beauty benefits of baking soda to reduce facial hair.

Using Baking Soda to Reduce Darkness from Neck

Ingredients: Baking soda and water. 1 teaspoon each

Mix baking soda with water and apply it on your skin. Wait for about 5 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Moisturize the area with non-comedogenic moisturizer. If the skin on the neck still remains dark, you can treat your neck with the same procedure for three consecutive days and then make it to one day per week. Your neck will lose its darkness and add beauty to your face.

Rosy Lips

Ingredients: Baking soda and honey, in equal quantity

Treatment: A mixture of baking soda and honey should be taken and applied to the lips. Let it remain for two minutes. Then, you can rub the mixture on the lips. It will exfoliate the dry skin and reduce the darkness from the lips. The original rosy color of the lips will now emerge. Lips are very sensitive and should not be treated often. One to two times per week are sufficient to get healthy, rosy lips.

For Healthy Feet

Ingredients: Baking soda: half cup, and warm water: one bucket

You don’t have to go for an expensive pedicure when you can do it easily at home. Take some warm water in a large container so that you can place your feet inside it. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in the water. Place your feet inside the container containing warm water and baking soda. It helps relax your feet. Take a soft scrub and rub around your nails, to make them shine clean. Wipe your foot clean once you are done. Callus skin will soften with this treatment. You can do this regularly once a week. Your foot deserves some care and one of the beauty and skin health benefits of baking soda is that it removes dry and dead skin too and offers foot care. It is also beneficial to fight fungal infection of the nail, give it a gentle scrub.

Precautions While Using Baking Soda

While the 13 amazing beauty benefits of baking soda are very attractive, it is important to know the ways to use baking soda safely. Baking soda is easily found in almost every household. They are easily available in the market and with the chemists as well. However, you have to follow certain precautions while using it for beauty care.

  • Baking soda has a drying effect on the face, so use carefully. You can use non-comedogenic moisturizer if the baking soda has a drying effect on your skin.
  • Baking soda should not be directly applied to the face. It has to be mixed with a solution, like water to dilute it and then applied. Make a mild solution, if you have a sensitive skin.
  • Rinse the baking soda solution thoroughly. You can rinse your face two times, to make sure the solution completely leaves your skin.
  • While using baking soda solution on your skin, you can apply it for two consecutive days and then switch over to twice a week and then once a week.
  • You can use equal quantity of baking soda and water. You can add more of water to the mixture. But avoid using more of baking soda, as the baking soda will make the skin dry and lifeless.
  • Baking soda should be patch tested before applying on the skin, to protect sensitive skin and allergies.
  • Avoid using baking soda for long durations. It is best to apply it only for a few minutes, as the skin is very delicate.

Now that you are aware of the amazing beauty benefits of baking soda, and the precautions while using it, you can use it effectively to enhance your beauty.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: November 1, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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