Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is far more effective than the conventional and expensive cleaning products. Moreover, this amazing natural ingredient can be used as a beauty product.

Physical and chemical exfoliation and baking soda

The largest organ of the body, the skin, is able to renew itself. Old skin cells die and flake off and new ones appear.

Exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells and allow the new ones to replace them at the surface. The exfoliant that is used must effectively remove the dead skin cells and not damage the new ones that grow underneath. There are 2 types of exfoliants:

• Chemical exfoliants that burn the top layers of the skin.
• Physical exfoliants that remove the top layers by scraping them off.

The particles in baking soda remove the dead skin cells physically. It effectively removes the cells without causing irritation.

Using baking soda

Baking soda can be used as an exfoliant, face mask or a daily cleanser. However, before using this product you must know how to properly use it and not experience any negative side effects.

Baking soda as a face cleanser

Baking soda can remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the skin, which unclogs the pores and protects from skin conditions like acne.

Mix 2 parts baking soda and 1 part warm water to prepare a paste. Dampen the face with warm water, apply the paste, rinse with warm water and you are done.

Coconut oil and baking soda

Coconut oil is excellent for dry skin as it is a natural moisturizer and its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective against eczema.

Mixing coconut oil with baking soda will give your skin a gentle and effective exfoliation.

For sensitive skin mix 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part baking soda, while for normal skin mix equal parts of the ingredients.

Apply the mix on the skin, leave it on the face as a mask for several minutes or rinse it with warm water using circular movements.

Lemon and baking soda mask

The citric acid and vitamin C in lemons will remove the oils from the skin and disinfect it. Moreover, lemon juice will give you a tighter skin and it is an effective remedy for hyper-pigmentation and age spots.

Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ cup of lemon juice. Apply it on damp and clean skin, massage the skin, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse with water.

Baking soda as an axfoliant

You can massage the skin with circular motion with the baking soda face cleanser to exfoliate the skin.

You can also mix equal parts of water and baking soda and a small amount of ground oats. This recipe is also effective against dark circles under the eyes.

Baking soda and other products

If you love the products you are using, but you still want to enjoy the benefits of baking soda, add 1 or half a teaspoon of baking soda to them.

Baking soda against acne

Mixing baking soda with witch hazel can help you to heal acne, breakout spots, and blackheads and shrink pores.

Baking soda as a make-up remover

Mix baking soda with olive oil and use a cotton ball to remove make-up from your face.

Baking soda use precautions

Baking soda is an alkaline product while the human skin is naturally acidic. Most skin beauty products are also alkaline and they, as well as baking soda, may irritate sensitive skin. So, some people may be intolerant to alkaline skin products, so be careful before using them or baking soda.

Side effects

Some side effects that were reported by people who used baking soda are: dryer, painful, itchy skin and skin that is more prone to irritation. If you experience some of these side effects, stop using baking soda.

Try a small patch test before using baking soda on the entire face. After using baking soda, you can also try an apple cider vinegar toner to reduce the irritation. You can also mix baking soda with distillated water if your tap water contains chemicals such as fluoride or chlorine.

Other skin treatments

The following skin treatments are also completely natural:

Turmeric mask

Turmeric has been used as an ingredient in face masks among the Chinese and Indians for centuries. This amazing ingredient is also an important part of the Ayurvedic medicine.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective ingredient against pimples, acne, age spots and other skin conditions.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel will hydrate your skin, slow down the aging process and vitamin E, C and beta carotene contained in this plant will remove the free radicals from the body.