Want to know how to use baking soda for skin care? Baking soda is known for being a staple in the kitchen but it’s also one of the most useful and not to mention inexpensive ingredients around when it comes to DIY skin care! Grab a box of baking soda from your kitchen and get ready to see some big changes courtesy of these baking soda beauty fixes!
1. Facial Wash
When you’re thinking of ways to use baking soda for your skin, try it out as a facial wash! Combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of warm water and stir to create a paste. Splash your face with water, grab some of the mixture and gently wash your face in a circular motion. Then, rinse your face with warm water and pat your face dry.
The many uses for baking soda for skin care also include using it as an exfoliator. Some people find that plain baking soda on its own is grainy enough to be a gentle scrub. You can also add a teaspoon to your cleanser or add a tablespoon each of baking soda and water along with 2 teaspoons of oat flour to get a deeper cleaning.
3. Foot Soak
The skin on our feet is usually the last place we think of when it comes to baking soda for skin care but they need love too! After a hard day or even a not so hard day, treat your feet to a relaxing soak of baking soda and warm water. Using baking soda as a foot soak will not only get your little piggies squeaky clean but it'll also soften your skin! Mix ½ cup of baking soda for every gallon of water in your basin, soak for about a half hour and follow it up with a thick cream for sparkly and smooth skin!
4. Detox Bath
We’ve been talking about how to use baking soda for skin but it also makes for a fabulous detoxing bath! Detox baths can help your body to eliminate toxins and your skin will love the nourishing minerals from the ingredients! Be sure you try this in the evening because you’ll likely feel tired. You might even feel weak or flu-ish from detoxing, so make sure you stay hydrated! Add 1-2 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of Epsom salts while you draw your bath and sit in it for about 30 minutes.
5. Sunburn Relief
A great way to use baking soda for your skin is to use it to treat 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. Nail Care
So far we’ve talked about how to use baking soda for skin care but it’s a fab nail cleaner so I had to include this on the list! You can use baking soda to give your nails and cuticles a good cleaning or you can use it to treat nail fungus. To clean your nails, pour some baking soda on your nail brush and scrub. To treat nail fungus, mix two parts baking soda and one part water to make a paste to apply all around the infected nail. Let it sit for 10 minutes and repeat up to two times a day until the fungus is gone.
7. Acne Mask
If you have acne, try using baking soda for skin care in the form of an 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, as we found from the previous recipes, but it also helps remove blackheads!
8. Soothe Shaved Skin
You know that itchy, tight skin feeling you get after you shave your legs? You can easily soothe that feeling with some baking soda. All you have to do is to combine a 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.
9. Remove a Fading Tan
When a spray on tan is on its last days, it doesn't always look or feel that great. Baking soda can save you! Simply combine it with lemon juice and gently rub it over the areas that have a lingering tan. This will help you look more even all over and will remove any patches of color.
We can all easily learn how to use baking soda for skin and get great results! I love finding cheap and easy ways to make my very own beauty products! Keep in mind that although baking soda is natural, some skin types tend to not love it as much others, so always test it out first and limit using these treatments to once a week! Have you ever used baking soda on your skin before? Will you try out any of these baking soda skin care products?
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This article written in collaboration with editor, Eliza Martinez