The 9 surprising uses of baking soda for your hair and skin

Day after day of using shampoo on your hair would likely the cause for it to get dull and be weighed down. putting on make-up every day, clogs the pores and creates acne. Using the nail polish constantly on your nails can discolor your fingernails.

How would you feel if you found out that one every day, household staple could solve all of these problems? Most of you probably have this just in your cupboard for baking purposes. Sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, has all kinds of wonderful benefits for both your skin and on your hair.

Baking soda (not to be confused with the baking powder) is sodium bicarbonate(NaHCO3) that is added to baked goods to make them rise.

1. Face mask.You can even out your skin tone and open those clogged pores by applying a face mask made out of just baking soda with apple cider vinegar. Living Wellmindness says to first dilute one teaspoon of vinegar in a half-cup water. Mix one teaspoon baking soda, a half of a lemon and two teaspoons of honey together. Slowly add the vinegar and water mixture to create the face mask. Leave the face mask on for five to ten minutes.

The Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help you hydrate your skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They are also a very excellent way to help pull out impurities such as excess oils, dead skin cells, make-up and pollution.

2. Exfoliator. Removing all the dead skin cells will brightens the skin. To create your own very simple exfoliator that is great for your hands, feet, face or any part of the body, Dr. Axe recommends combining one teaspoon baking soda and a half cup water.

Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine for the face and body. Exfoliation not only helps lots of skin problems, it is also increases the blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve a very healthy and a nice looking glowing skin.

If you have delicate or sensitive skin, twice a week might be too much and could cause some irritation. On the other hand, if you live in a warmer climate or your skin is naturally oily, you might have to exfoliate more than twice a week to accommodate a higher buildup of dead skin cells.

3. Acne treatment. To help get rid of the existing acne and prevent the new acne from appearing on your face, Top 10 Home Remedies says to mix one teaspoon baking soda with water to make a paste. Apply the paste that you just mix directly to the acne for one to two minutes. Do this one time daily for two to three days. Then reduce to one time per every week.

Stress triggers acne and acne is results in more stress, so it is a very vicious cycle. Basically, when you are under pressure, your skin will produce stress hormones, that includes cortisol, that can stimulate your oil glands to make testosterone that then increases the oil production and will clog pores.

4. Nail whitener.Always using nail polish will cause the nails to turn yellow. If you like your nails painted, Dr. Oz recommends whitening your nails by scrubbing them with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Most commonly, yellow nails are caused by our beloved nail polish. The darker polishes especially take a toll on your nails, leaving them stained with leftover dyes.

5. Dandruff control.Dandruff can be quite an embarrassment. Control your dandruff by massaging one tablespoon baking soda into your wet hair and scalp according to Top 10 Home Remedies.

Dandruff can have several causes, this includes dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, not cleaning/scrubbing often enough your scalp, shampooing too often, psoriasis, eczema, sensitivity to hair care products, or a yeast-like fungus. Dry skin is the most common cause of flaking dandruff.

6. Volumizing shampoo. Rather than buy a very expensive shampoo, why don’t you just create your own, you can just by mixing baking soda with shampoo. Hairstyles & Beauty say to mix a very small amount of baking soda with your shampoo to help remove extra oils and dead skin cells that’s been weighing down your hair.

An oily scalp is the result of the excess sebum, natural oil that is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands.

7. Dry shampoo.For those days when you can’t even wash your hair, dry shampoo can be a super lifesaver. Dr. Oz says to, “sprinkle a little baking soda at the root and tousle your hair.”

A dry shampoo is really just an oil-absorbing powder that is, when you applied it to your hair, it can soak up all the excess grease and dirt without necessitating getting the hair wet. Just a quick brush of dry shampoo can refresh hair after a workout, saving time in the locker room.

9. Chlorine removal.Swimmers generallyhave to struggle with the lasting smell and the damage that the chlorine from pools do to their hair after they swim which is as swimmers it means more often. To eliminate the effect of the chlorine that clings to your hair, Dr. Oz recommends using a mixture of a dish soap and baking soda. When your hair is clean, use a good conditioner.

The chlorine used to keep out those harmful bacteria from the pool water but it can also strip your hair and skin of its natural oils. This can cause a dry skin, and a very brittle hair.

Having a healthy skin and hair does not have to be super expensive. With a little know-how, you can still get the same result as using expensive products without the hefty price tag or the dangerous chemicals. Who knew such a common, household item could be so useful?

 

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