Tuesday, June 3, 2014

12 Baking Soda Beauty Secrets

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The uses for baking soda these days are countless! Today though, I thought I would give you a great list of 12 of the best ways to use this magic tool for your beauty needs.

  1. Microdermabrasion - Use baking soda with a little bit of water to make a paste in the palm of your hand. Gently, using circular motions, rub it into your already dampened face avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. I swear it makes me look 5 years younger every time I do this!
  2. Exfoliating Cleanser - Another form of smoothing facial skin is by adding the baking soda directly to your usual facial cleanser. It gives your cleanser a boost. Mix the two together and apply using circular motions. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. You have clean and smooth skin.
  3. Skin Brightener - Want brighter skin? Try this all natural mask. After cleansing your face, apply a paste made up of baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual. You will now be the proud owner of skin that appears to glow from within.
  4. Acne Fighter - Acne is for the birds! We all hate those ugly little blemishes. Here is a great, all natural way to fight them. Make a paste of baking soda and honey and apply to your face. Leave on like a mask for a good 15-20 minutes. Rinse. Honey naturally has antibacterial properties and heals so it's ideal for speeding up the healing process of acne as well as helping to get rid of free radicals that help contribute to the development of acne.
  5. Shampoo Booster - add some baking soda (about the size of a quarter) to your palm along with your daily shampoo before applying it to your already wet hair and really get in there and scrub. It removes all the extra build up and impurities for softer, shinier hair plus it gives you amazing volume!
  6. Dry Shampoo - You've heard of using baby powder as a dry shampoo substitute, right? Well using baking soda is actually even better. It doesn't leave your hair with that weird filmy feel to it or make it stand on end full of static like baby powder does. Plus it gets rid of any odor that may be present, instead of trying to cover it up with baby scented fragrance. Sprinkle a little into your roots. Work it in and then let it set for about 10 minutes. Brush out.
  7. Chlorine Remover - Do you swim in a chlorinated pool? Then you probably have some issues with your hair acting up due to all those chemicals. Here's the answer: Mix baking soda with dish soap and lather into hair. It sounds harsh to put dish soap into your hair but I swear, with the combination of the baking soda, it gets SUPER clean! Just make sure you condition really well afterwards to pamper your hair a bit.
  8. Brush/Comb Cleaner - Are your brushes and/or combs starting to look a little scuzzy from all the extra hairspray and oils you use in your hair on a regular basis? Soak them in a bowl or sink full of warm water, 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of bleach. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry.
  9. Sunburn Relief - You don't mean to but sometimes it happens. You get a sunburn and it hurts! Get some relief by making a mixture of 1 quart of water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and apply to sunburned area.
  10. Smile Brightener - Mix baking soda, lemon juice and smashed strawberries into a paste and use it to brush your teeth. It whitens and brightens!
  11. Nail Brightener - Ever leave your dark nail polish on too long and when you remove it, your nails are stained yellow? Well, mix some baking soda with some peroxide and use the paste to scrub down your nails. Make sure to really rub it into your cuticles while your at it for softer prettier cuticles too. It will remove the staining and make your nail beds look bright and new!
  12. Pampering Pedicure - Treat yourself to a relaxing soak. Take some warm water and add about 3 tablespoons of baking soda along with your favorite essential oil if desired and soak your tootsies for a good 20 minutes. Once you are done, pull them out and rub them down really well with a small handful of baking soda. The water that is still on your feet will help form an exfoliating paste. Rinse and apply a rich cream. You will be left with feet that feel so good to you and to anyone else who touches them!
Well that's it for my best baking soda beauty tricks. I hope you enjoyed them! If you know of any tricks I forgot, leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!