We love products from the beauty companies as much as we love DIY. One of our favorite DIY ingredients is baking soda! It’s an inexpensive multitasker that can help hack almost any beauty problem. And what’s even better is that most people have it on hand in the pantry already! Whether you run out of your usual products and need something in a pinch or you’re looking for a DIY solution that works with most skin types and is easy on the environment, read on to see the many uses of baking soda.
1. Facial Exfoliation
There are a few ways you can use baking soda as an exfoliator.
On its own: For a gentle exfoliation, combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of warm water and stir to create a paste. Splash your face with water and gently wash your face with paste in a circular motion. Then, rinse your face with warm water and pat your face dry.
With your normal cleanser: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your usual facial cleanser and form a paste. Massage into your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate and leave skin feeling soft.
For a deeper exfoliation: Mix a tablespoon each of baking soda and water along with 2 teaspoons of oat flour to create a paste. Use as above.
2. Acne treatment – acne mask
After washing your face, mix a few drops of baking soda with warm water until you have a paste and apply it all over your face. Leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Baking soda will not only clean and smooth your skin it also helps remove blackheads!
3. Acne treatment – spot treatments
Make a thick paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water or lemon juice. OR Try mixing baking soda and honey. Wash skin and apply the paste on the affected areas and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Wash your face with warm water to remove.
4. Skin brightener
For brighter skin, mix baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil to make a past. Cleanse skin then apply the paste to your face and rinse after 10 minutes.
5. Sunburn Relief
Baking soda is great for treating sunburns. Make a cool compress by soaking a clean cloth soaked in a mix of baking soda and water or make a bath by adding ½ cup baking soda to a lukewarm bath to relieve burning, irritating and itchy skin. It’s a great substitute when you don’t have any Aloe on hand.
6. Soothe Shaved Skin
Baking soda can help soothe the itchy, tight feeling some people experience on their skin after shaving. Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and slather it all over your legs after shaving. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, them rinse with warm water. Works for guys too on their faces!
7. Remove a Fading Tan
When a spray on tan is on its last days, it doesn’t always look or feel that great. Simply combine baking soda with lemon juice and gently rub it over the areas that have a lingering tan. The gentle exfoliation will help remove any lingering color and even out your skin tone.
And baking soda isn’t just for skin care. There are many beauty uses for it including natural toothpaste, dry shampoo, pedicure and manicure enhancer, deodorant, hair clarifier and it can even be used to clean hair brushes!