Let us be honest here, the only time our baking soda sees the light of the day is during a holiday, where there is lots of baking to be done; cookies and cakes, or when the fridge emits that funky smell. But did you know that product aside from being your kitchen staple is a major beauty ingredient? If so, what makes beauty and baking soda a flawless pair?
Baking soda or baking powder as it’s popularly known is sodium bicarbonate, a natural crystalline substance that is alkaline and possesses antibacterial, antifungal, aseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are 5 health benefits of sodium bicarbonate on skin, hair and body.
- Face exfoliator and provides an even skin tone
A woman’s face has everything to do with her confidence in her beauty. Moreover, ladies do agree it helps to have an even skin tone. For a glowing, smooth, even-toned skin, don’t waste money on products that don’t seem to work or sometimes work to your disadvantage.
Try this recipe; combine a tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of baking soda, rub together and massage your face gently in circular motion. Sit for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Follow this remedy twice a week only for best results.
- Yellow teeth? Fear no more
Baking powder is excellent for shining your pearly whites, working as an abrasive removing those ugly yellow stains from your teeth, moreover it removes plaque.
Dentists recommend, mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply this paste with the help of your toothbrush and leave for five minutes, then brush normally with your toothpaste and rinse thoroughly. Alternately, you can sprinkle some onto your toothpaste and brush normally. Do this once a week every week.
- Hair clarifying shampoo
For ladies, they can agree here, hair gets oily and sticky-feeling, when they use hair-styling products excessively. All these chemicals, I suppose your hair is screaming for some natural doses for a change.
Add a small amount of baking soda to your regular shampoo, this ensures all product buildup is removed and the hair can breathe at long last. It acts as a cleansing agent.
- Defense against body odor
You woke up late and have to rush to work, you find out your deodorant bottle is empty. Go to your kitchen cabinet, take out the baking soda mix it with water into a paste and apply it under your armpits. This prevents body odor and sweat stains as well.
- Summer sunburns and blisters?
Being alkaline it has a soothing effect on sunburned skin, relieving itchy and burning sensation. Dries out blisters too, as it has mild aseptic and drying properties.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup with cold water, soak a clean cloth, wring it and place it on the affected area wait 5-10 minutes and repeat.