Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 13 Beauty and Health uses for Baking Soda.

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. The tutorial was my own idea. All opinions are 100% my own.

There are plenty of tricks to use with baking soda in cleaning and baking, but did you know that there are a lot of uses for it in your beauty routine? I look for the simplest and cheapest products to do a lot of things for my beauty regimen. Some things you just don't need to break the bank over and why fix what isn't broken? Today, i'm going to show you how Arm & Hammer baking soda can save you money, keep you healthy, toxin-free and beautiful on a budget.

Baking soda is a wonderful little workhorse if you use it right. When mixed with certain acids and liquids, it releases bubbles of sodium hydrogen carbonate. This is the nifty chemical we can thank for all it's help.

The top 13 Beauty & Health uses of baking soda.

Exfoliate the body and face- To make a gentle exfoliator for your face and body, crush up a few aspirin or a small handful of ground oatmeal and mix with 3 parts baking soda and one part water. Mix it up in your hand and slowly rub in circles to slough off dead skin cells. (Avoiding the eye area)  Rinse clean with warm water and reveal softer more healthy looking skin. Do this 1-2 times a week or even every day. It is gentle enough on your skin.

Hair Product Build up- Put your favorite shampoo in the palm of your hand and mix a quarter size of baking soda into it. Shampoo normally and rinse thoroughly. This helps to remove all the build up from styling products and is a lot less harsh than clarifying shampoo.

Dry Shampoo- Just sprinkle a small amount in the palm of your hand and brush through starting at the roots.

Natural Deodorant- Baking soda is known for its odor eliminating powers. Guess what? That doesn't stop at your body. It makes a great deodorant. Simply dust baking soda under your armpits with a powder puff after a shower and when needed throughout the day. It is a natural odor eliminator. It absorbs the odor and does not cover it up. This is a safe alternative to aluminum containing deodorants. As with all natural deodorants, they do not keep you from perspiring, but it will keep the odors at bay.

Pre-Shave and After-Shave- Mix approximately 3-5 Teaspoons baking soda (Use 3 on sensitive skin) with 2 tablespoons warm water or a hydrating cleanser and massage into skin that is to be shaved. To prevent ingrown hairs, do this before and then after the shave a day later. This is great for men and woman alike!

Tooth paste and mouth wash- Whiten your teeth naturally over time with this stuff. It's no joke. Baking Soda has whitening action. All the cool tooth pastes use it. Just mix a  paste up with 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda,  1-2 teaspoons hot water and 1 bottle cap full of hydrogen peroxide 3%. Put the paste on your brush and move it in circles on each tooth. This kills bacteria and whites teeth over time. When done, you may prefer to get the taste out by gargling a little salt water. This does not replace regular toothpaste if you are looking for cavity protection, as it doesn't contain flouride. However, it's great to use a few times a week.

To freshen your mouth after eating, gargle a teaspoon of baking soda with water. You can also relieve canker sore pain with this method.

Exfoliating pedicure and cuticle care- Drop Two Tablespoons of baking soda in a basin big enough for you feet filled with enough water to cover them. For a spa like feel mix in a few drops of lavender oil. After your soak, make a scrub using 3 parts baking soda and one part water. If more exfoliation is needed, add on part brown sugar. Follow up with a rich moisturizer in a your favorite scent. I recommend peppermint and vanilla or lavender and vanilla. Or all 3. So yummy and refreshing! Finish by wrapping your feet in a warm towel for  5-10 minutes.  Do the same scrub for your nails and cuticles and really work it into them. Your feet and hands will feel so soft!

I used this method just the other day and added a little of my favorite Burts Bees lemon body oil for extra softening and a nice scent. The natural exfoliation of the baking soda is effective so really work it into the fingers. My cuticles and hands feel incredibly soft. It really softens the cuticles up to make for easier trimming. 

Remove strong odors from hands- Just rub a small handful of it between your palms with some water and you will be rid of  almost any offensive odor.

Clean your hair brushes, combs and makeup brushes- Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1 cup lukewarm water. Then swirl your brushes around and use your fingers to carefully work the gunk out. Rinse each time until the water runs clear. Lay flat on a paper towel to dry. For extra degunking and a nice scent, add 1 teaspoon of gentle baby shampoo.

Ease the pain of insect bites, poison ivy, a sunburn and/or heat rashes- When you bathe, rub a handful of it all over the problem spots. You will feel a cooling relief.

Bath Soak- Just add 1/2 cup to your normal bath and soak all of your body in it. It's great on tired muscles too.

Ease Heartburn- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with one-half glass of water and swallow.

Ease Interstitial Cystitis-Take the same mixture for the heartburn before meals that may make the problem worse or to help soothe the problem already there.

*Baking soda should not be used if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or swelling of the arms or legs. It can make these symptoms worse. Do not habitually take baking soda for more than 2 weeks, without consulting your doctor. Never take baking soda on a full stomach. If the stomach is already bloated, the baking soda can cause the stomach to bloat up even more.*

I really make use of my baking soda, especially for exfoliation. Don't underestimate the beauty of Arm & Hammer Baking soda. Expensive doesn't always mean better. If you find something that is more expensive and you buy it just for the scent,  stop. Find that scent, sniff it out, and add a few drops to your baking soda routine. You will save tons. Experiment with your own scents, like lavender and vanilla, peppermint and vanilla, or lemon. My favorite scents. 

I recommend carrying a little baggy or tube of baking soda to keep on hand in your purse. You never know when you'll need it. 

Arm & Hammer Baking soda comes in several different sizes. My favorite is the shaker bottle so that I can get out just as much as I need, without over pouring. 

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