Baking soda has taken a prominent place in the cupboard of all those who advocate naturalness. We already know the prowess of this ingredient for cleaning, as well as its action on health. Let’s take a closer look at all its benefits for our skin and how to use it.
Baking soda, an essential ingredient in the bathroom
Known uses of baking soda …
For many years now, thanks to a desire for more naturalness in cosmetics, bicarbonate has been on the podium of multi-use products. Economical and easy to use, it is therefore used regularly for dental hygiene, such as washing teeth – in moderation however – or even in mouthwashes.
Its alkaline power reduces acidity. It is for this reason that it can be used to facilitate digestion. For the skin, it has the same calming abilities, although its appearance suggests the opposite ( Baking soda ).
… to its uses on the skin
Its usefulness and effectiveness do not stop there, however, and therefore also concern the skin. From face to feet, baking soda is a real ally to always have in your bathroom.
Baking soda mask
For lightening the complexion and softening the skin, baking soda is very useful. A mask, left on for only 5 minutes once a week, will help you regain healthy skin. To do this, mix:
- 1 heaped teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 level teaspoon of honey
After leaving the baking soda mask on, you can use it as a scrub. Use gentle circular motions and rinse with lukewarm water.
In both cases, pat your face dry, without rubbing.
Take care of yourself and treat your pimples
Thanks to its sanitizing and drying properties, this can help relieve inflammation of acne or fever blisters. This will make them disappear more quickly.
For a pimple, simply proceed: take a cotton swab, run it underwater and then pour a little soda. Apply the solution thus obtained to the button by light tapping and leave for a few moments. Then take a second wet cotton swab and gently remove the soda. Do this twice a day, after cleansing and grooming your face.
This process can also be used in the case of a perlèche, in other words, a lesion at the corner of the lips due to a fungus. This will not replace a real treatment if this problem is chronic, but occasionally baking soda is a good solution.
Relax in a bakings soda bath
Of course, bicarbonate does not have the olfactory properties of bath salts, nor their colors, but it has many other qualities for the skin.
Thanks to its alkalizing properties, bicarbonate makes it possible to soften your bath water, especially if it is hard. Pour 150 g of baking soda and let it melt. Then you just have to relax. You can add scents to it for a real moment of well-being, with, for example, 3 drops of true lavender essential oil, with relaxing power.
A soda bath is also a very good way to relieve an attack of eczema or itching and to soften your skin in general.
Take care of your feet with baking soda
Baking soda is known to be a powerful odor suppressant. For the feet, it is of course useful at this level but it is also effective for taking care of them.
Take a 1/4 hour foot bath with half a glass of baking soda and lukewarm water. Add a relaxing essential oil, lavender, or mandarin for example, and unwind.
The bakings soda will remove dead skin, refresh your feet for a long time and will also make your nails yellow.
Can baking soda be harmful to the skin?
Not all natural products that are in fashion are safe. For bicarbonate, and despite all its beneficial properties, caution is required because of its abrasive side.
If you scrub too often, you may experience irritation and the effect of the baking soda will be counterproductive. Likewise, its use is not recommended if you have sensitive skin or suffer from certain dermatological pathologies.
It is therefore a product to be used sparingly and according to its real needs.