Haven’t we all heard and seen way too many articles and videos on how magical an ingredient baking soda is? So what do you think? Is the hype real? Are people truly experiencing wonders for their skins from using it?
Let’s find out via this Try Articles article. We’ve done some major research and have picked up some of the best pointers for you to educate yourself with. Follow through, to see what information we have in store for you.
What is Baking Soda?
Baking soda, chemically known as bicarbonate soda is basically a salt combined with sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. These ions help to neutralize the acidity. Hence, baking soda helps more popularly in relieving heartburn before the beauty industry found out its other uses for skincare.
While baking soda maybe lying in your kitchen for baking purposes, there’s a lot more this little guy can do!
Why Bicarbonate Soda?
Bicarbonate soda helps to balance the PH levels of the skin, so adding it to our skincare regimen proves very beneficial. It is the most fruitful for oily skins as it is very exfoliating and aids in removing the excess oils from the pores.
It is best to use this powder for shorter time periods as over-exposing the skin to it may deem harmful in the long run.
Soothes Skin Rashes
The alkaline property of baking soda helps soothe skin rashes and sunburn. Any blisters caused by the rash easily dry out with the help of the drying properties of baking soda. We tend to get our cheeks sunburnt during the summers due to the numerous trips to the beach.
All you’ll need is water and baking soda. It’s best to keep a mild ratio of water to baking soda as the strength of this concoction is very important. 1 cup water with 1 Tbsp of baking soda is mild while increasing the amount of baking soda to 2 Tbsp increasing the potency. Once the solution is made, dip a clean microfibre towel and gently rub on the affected area.
Fixes Skin Tan
As it is very exfoliating, it proves to be a great option for removing a skin tan. It removes the outer tanned layer of skin, revealing the original skin from underneath. You can use the same concoction as mentioned above just 10 minutes before hitting the shower. It will take a few uses of this and your tan will start to fade.
Probably the best use of baking soda for skin by far! We all hate blackheads. They are the worst when they’re on your nose, the highest point on your face. It’s almost like that’s the only thing on our face.
Most people tend to squeeze blackheads out with their nails or use tweezers to help them slide out. But, those processes are painful and time taking. They also leave scars if pulled out too strongly. There are plenty of masks in the commercial market, that promise to remove blackheads. But why spend money when you have an amazing ingredient lying right inside your kitchen cabinets.
Take 1 Tbsp of baking soda and mix it in 1 tsp of water. Mix well and then add 1/2 tsp of honey for added moisture and anti-bacterial properties. Make a thick paste out of this and apply a generous layer of it to the affected area. Scrub as you would with an exfoliating mask and then leave it on for 5-7 minutes. Wipe off with a warm towel. Do this once in 10 days to avoid the consequences of an overly exfoliated skin.
Face Masks With Baking Soda
Scrubbing isn’t the only thing you can do with baking soda. You can also formulate some really good masks at home and use them for targetted benefits.
Face Mask For Dry Skin
Take 1 Tbsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of water (enough to make a thick pasty consistency). Mix well. Then add 1 capsule of vitamin E to tackle the dryness and 1 tsp of honey for an anti-bacterial add-on. Mix it up and apply a generous layer on your face. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes. It will harden up as it dries. Wash off with tepid water and moisturize straight away. Use this once a week to notice results.
Face Mask For Acne
Acne prone skin tends to be trickier as we don’t want to aggravate the pimples but still want to get rid of them. The mask needs to be soothing as well as fix the issue at hand, which is pimples. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and is best for treating acne. The addition of this essential oil is what makes all the required difference.
In a bowl, take 1 Tbsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Mix well. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil and mix again. Now, add 1/2 Tbsp of grounded oatmeal for the soothing effect. Your mixture should look thick and a bit lumpy. This way it will stay on the face and not drip off.
Leave the mask on till it dries and then gently wash away with tepid water. Pat face dry and follow up with your regular acne care. Repeat this weekly and you’ll see it will bring a tremendous change.
Tip: Do not scrub too much while washing this mask. It can aggravate the acne.
We’re sure you’ve put a lot into your knowledge bag from this article! Let us know if baking soda has done wonders for you like it has for others and share your experience with us, we would love to know!
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