Baking Soda Beauty Care
5 Ways to Use Baking Soda

A baking soda beauty care routine may be more effective than the most expensive skin care products you purchase. This humble substance, sodium bicarbonate, has an amazing array of uses for beauty care.

It's also a non-toxic product for you and your water system. Keeping a jar of baking soda in your bathroom makes it easy for you to use it, not just for cleaning the bathroom, but better yet as an important part of your personal care.

Best of all, using a baking soda beauty care routine is inexpensive and can be purchased just about anywhere making it ideal for the frugal person.  So it's worthwhile to know some of its applications!

Baking Soda Beauty Care! Enjoy!

1. Shampoo

Did you know that baking soda and water alone make an excellent shampoo? It helps remove build-up caused by hard water or styling products.

Mix about 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of warm water. Add a drop of essential oil if you like. Pour over your head, work with your fingertips, and then rinse well.

You may not need conditioner. The baking soda mixes with your hair oil to make a gentle, conditioning soap that leaves your hair soft and silky.

You can also add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per tablespoon of your regular shampoo.

If you don't have time to wash, just sprinkle dry baking soda onto your hair and brush it through. Or, put it on your comb or brush and work it through your hair, taking care to get it down to your scalp. It actually mixes with your hair oil to form a cleanser, which gives the impression that it is "absorbing" the oil.

2. Exfoliant

When you begin to use a baking soda beauty care routine, you don't need expensive exfoliants to give your skin a healthy glow. If you have thick, dry skin on your heels, knees, or elbows, mix baking soda with water (or even olive oil or a hand cream or lotion cleanser) in a 3-to-1 ratio to make a thick paste. Rub this paste into the dry skin areas after your bath (when the skin is softened). After rubbing it in thoroughly, rinse well and apply a moisturizing lotion. Baking soda helps slough off calluses and tough, dry skin.

3. Face Wash

Add a small amount of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser or use on it's own by pouring a small amount into the palm of your hand. Gently massage over your face, neck and ears, avoiding the eye area, and then rinse with clean warm water. One nice thing: it 's easy to rinse off your skin leaving no residue behind.

Be prepared though to immediately moisture your skin as it can be very drying. I keep a little pot of coconut oil handy to do this.

Another way to use this. Some people prefer to mix about a teaspoon of baking soda per one cup of warm water to make a facial wash. Swirl it around or shake it well; baking soda tends to sink to the bottom of such mixtures quickly. You might want to put the solution into a bowl and scoop it up with your hands. Gently rub it into your skin and rinse.

4. Tooth Powder

Nowadays, commercial toothpaste boasts the presence of baking soda because it is so well-known as a good tooth polish. That is, along with all those other ingredients you might not like. Why not skip the commercial toothpaste and go right for the good stuff?

Here are 3 ways to make home-made tooth powder or paste using baking soda.

1. To a tablespoon of baking soda, add one drop each of neem oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. Mix with water to make a paste-like consistency and use for several brushings (using a dime-sized portion each time).

2. Just mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of peppermint oil, stir or shake well to combine, and use as a tooth powder. To do this, pour about a teaspoon of the powder into your palm and dip your toothbrush into it. You can also use plain baking soda as a tooth powder.

3. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 1/4 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 drop of peppermint oil to make a thin paste.

5. Bath

A baking soda beauty care routine does wonders for the skin - and how you feel about yourself. Just wait till you run your hand over your smooth skin!

Pour half a cup into your bath water to soften dry skin and soothe rashes and skin irritations, including sunburn.  Add it to a small dollop of your body wash on a cloth, loofah or in the palm of your hand. Just gently rubbing it over your skin as you wash will leave you with baby soft skin.

Add a few drops of your favoutite essential oil, light a scented candle or two, and just...relax.

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