Baking Soda Is The New Coconut Oil
Posted On Jun 21, 2016
There is no secret that we’re living in the era of coconut oil. But all too often, we forget its cupboard buddies by the name of honey and cinnamon. We’ve already discovered that these pantry staples aren’t just good for sweetening teas and spicing up apple pies.
Now, we meet baking soda – a white powdered chemical compound typically known for its role in delicious cookies, eliminating strange refrigerator odors, and whitening teeth. However, let’s consider this grocery product’s multi-tasking goodness as we list our baking soda beauty secrets.
Soothe Razor Burns
Razor burns are the worse part of summer, but they don’t have to be if we treat them properly. No one likes the look of red bumps, especially in a bikini, so pop open the little yellow box of sunshine and create a baking soda paste. Mix three parts baking soda to one part water and apply it to the irritation to relieve razor burn.
Remove Chlorine From Hair
Summer swimming in pools and other chlorinated bodies of water exposes our hair to harsh chemicals. These chemicals can alter the texture and color of our locks – if you have light colored hair, after swimming in chlorine, you may end up with a green tint. Get rid of the chlorine build-up by mixing dish soap with baking soda and applying to the hair. Rinse off the concoction and follow with a conditioner.
Instead of spending tons of money on dry shampoo that promise to prolong your blowout and add volume, sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto your roots for the same results at a fraction of the cost.
You don’t always need harsh chemicals to treat acne. Natural ingredients like honey and baking soda make the perfect facial mask to promote clear skin. Mix the two to a thick consistency and apply it to the problem areas on the face. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes and rinse.
For a natural blackhead remover, a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of pure distilled water is all you need. First, cleanse the skin. To open your pores, hold your head over a bowl of hot water with a towel over head to help concentrate the heat and steam. Dip cotton balls in the baking soda solution, squeeze out the excess, and apply directly to the skin. Repeat the last step with the cotton balls and begin to squeeze and extract the blackheads. Be sure that you are not directly touching your skin – keep your fingernails covered with the cotton balls.
Baking soda can work as a great all-natural exfoliator for all skin types. Simply mix a bit with some water in your hands and form a paste. Gently scrub the concerned area in circular motions to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling soft. Oooo la la.
You could also try mixing baking soda with your everyday face cleanser. Massage this mixture into your skin in the same circular motions to reveal fresh, glowing skin.
Hair brushes can get filthy from the different oils and products we use daily. A simple yet efficient way to clean the bristles is by soaking them in warm water mixed with three tablespoons of baking soda. First, remove any hair from the bristles then submerge the brush into the solution. Soak for 30 minutes to an hour then rinse away the gunk with warm water.
Mend Your Mani
Those weekly visits to the nail salon can cause your nails look yellow-ish. Get rid of the yucky stains by mixing baking soda and peroxide then scrubbing the combination on your nails. If the discoloration refuses to fade, your nails may be sending you a message.
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