I am pretty sure I’ve touched on this before, but I’ve been Baking Soda a beauty product so much lately, that I just had to talk about it! Honestly, the uses for Baking Soda are endless, these are just a five that I use quite a lot!
1. TREATING ACNE
When I was younger I had really bad Acne – if you’ve suffered the same you’ll understand this – it really affected my quality of life. When you have Acne you’re willing to try anything, so I have a couple of tricks that you might not have tried yet!
Why it’s good for Acne: Baking soda will help to dry the skin – removing the grease that can cause spots. It also acts as mild anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, so it can reduce that redness and swelling that comes with Acne!
Breakouts and Single Spots: If you just want to treat a spot, or a small area of breakout, mix a little bit of baking soda with water so it forms a paste and dab it on the area. Let it dry and rinse thoroughly!
Face Mask Acne Treatment: If you want to treat your whole face do the same as above, but use enough to make a ‘mask’. Spread gently over your face, let it dry and rinse with warm water. Be very careful if you have white head flare-ups, as it can be quite abrasive on sensitive skin if you rub! (Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it’s quite normal to look a little red afterwards!!)
2. EXFOLIATING FACE SCRUB
This is such a great way to refresh your skin once or twice a week. Mix the baking soda with water to create a paste again, enough to cover the whole face. Massage in circular motions and rinse well! The paste has tiny little granules which will exfoliate the skin, acting as a natural alternative to microdermabrasion! You’re left with smooth, refreshed skin. Unless you have extremely oily skin, make sure to moisturise well afterwards!
3. CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
If you are a regular reader here you probably know how much I love a clarifying shampoo! This little trick goes one step further and can be used once a week to remove product build up, and give you really fresh clean hair!
Mix some baking soda with your usual shampoo (in equal parts) to get a really great clarifying treatment! Make sure to rinse thoroughly! I find that this really makes hair more manageable and easier to style!
4. TO CLEAN YOUR NAILS
If you’ve been wearing a lot of nail polish, particularly dark ones, you might find your nails are looking a little yellow. Using baking soda to scrub them helps brighten and whiten them and it’s really good for softening cuticles. All you have to do is put some baking powder on your nail brush and scrub away!
5. TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES
I really like this for cleaning hairbrushes. My round brush, in particular, is super sticky from heat protection spray, and baking soda really helps to lift that residue.
Again, I don’t make a solution to wash them with or anything, I just pour the powder on and then add a couple of drops on water to make a good scrub!
For Makeup brushes I like to use this as a pre-wash, the gritty bits help to remove build up and then I like to wash them with baby shampoo!
Leave comments if you’ve got any more beauty uses for baking powder! Thanks for reading!