The Baking Soda Beauty Regiment
Pay Attention to Major Changes in the Cosmetic Industry
If you take the time to look up the ingredients listed on your favorite health and beauty products, you might be surprised to discover just how many harmful toxins are being absorbed through your skin, hair and nails. Hopefully, recent lawsuits against Proctor and Gamble and Walmart's decision to ban toxic chemicals from health and beauty products sold in their stores has prompted consumers to take a closer look at ingredient labels.
One way to avoid many of these harmful chemicals is to get back to basics. You can replace many of those health and beauty products with one product from your kitchen pantry - good ole' baking soda.
What is Baking Soda and How does it work?
Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate. It is a very versatile and non-toxic chemical when used externally. It has applications for cooking (as a leavening agent), cleaning (deodorizer, rust and tarnish remover), as well as common medicinal applications (antacid). However, this article is all about how to use baking soda for beauty, skin conditioning and personal hygiene.
Ten ways to use baking soda to cleanse and beautify your hair, skin and nails.
- Facial Wash - Make a paste in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and warm water; wet face; use fingers to gently massage paste into face. Use daily to clean, refresh and soften skin.
- Exfoliate - For softer, brighter skin, make a thick paste with baking soda and enough water to make a thick paste. Use a facial scrub brush, sponge or wash cloth to gently rub paste into skin in a circular motion to remove dead skin. Rinse with cool water.
- Mask - For an invigorating cleanse, apply a layer of thick baking soda paste to face. Let it dry. Rinse face with warm water. Then, splash with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.
- Acne Treatment - Make a paste with water. Apply directly to pimple or acne and allow to dry completely. Use a towel with warm water to remove. Repeat up to 3 times a day until blemish is gone.
- Nail Treatment - Use baking soda paste to remove stains and exfoliate cuticles. Brush or rub paste on nail bed and into cuticles. Allow it to penetrate nails for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. May also be used on toe nails.
- Brush Teeth - Don't spend a fortune on non-fluoride toothpaste and teeth whiteners. Use baking soda instead. Pour a little baking soda in your clean palm or a small bowl. Dip damp toothbrush in baking soda and brush teeth. It removes stains, freshens breath and whitens teeth - without the fluoride
- Wash your hair - Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Saturate hair. Massage gently into scalp. Rinse thoroughly with water or use a vinegar rinse (mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 4 parts water). You can minimize any vinegar odor by adding essential oils to your rinse. (lemon, tea tree and lavender are nice)
- Use as a Natural Deodorant - Mix 4 parts baking soda with 1 part cornstarch (optional). Apply to clean, dry underarms. Controls odor, restores pH balance and contains no harmful ingredients. A paste can also be used.
- Detoxifying Foot Bath - add ½ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a large bowl or tub with 3 gallons of warm water. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes to relieve and deodorize sore, tired feet. Great for athletes foot.
- Relieves Sunburn - add 1 cup of baking soda to a cool bath to relieve sunburn, insect bites, bee stings and other skin irritations.
To make a basic multi-purpose paste: Fill a squeeze bottle to the halfway point with baking soda. Slowly add (distilled) water and shake (alternately) to achieve desired thickness. Store paste in the sealed squeeze bottle and use as needed. Shake bottle before each use. Add water, if needed.
Warning: Some people should avoid detox baths. Consult your doctor about medical concerns before attempting to detoxify or treat any condition.