I’m sure that you’re all familiar with the household uses of bicarbonate of soda and its ability to help make deliciously fluffy and plump cakes. But did you know that bicarbonate of soda also has amazing skincare and beauty benefits? From whitening your teeth to softening your cuticles, bicarbonate of soda is an extremely versatile (and dirt cheap) addition to your beauty routine. Here are the best beauty hacks of the kitchen staple that you need in your life!
Whiten Your Teeth.
Bicarbonate of soda actually makes an amazing and safe-to-use teeth whitener, so you don’t have to keep forking out for that Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening Toothpaste or pricey teeth whitening strips. Simply mix a bit of bicarbonate of soda, warm water and salt together and use the mixture as a toothpaste, ensuring that you rinse well after. This will help to remove surface stains from the enamel of the teeth because it acts as a mild abrasive and helps your teeth appear whiter. However, it is important to remember to use this hack sparingly as with continual use, you could damage the enamel of your teeth, but once in a while to help remove surface stains wont do you any harm.
If you are looking for a new effective and natural face scrub, the pot of bicarbonate of soda sitting on your kitchen baking shelf can definitely help you out. To make a homemade bicarbonate of soda face scrub, simply mix water and bicarbonate of soda to create a spreadable paste. Apply the paste to your face in circular movements with your fingers to encourage exfoliation then wash your face with clean water and dab dry with a towel.
Have you ever woken up on the morning of a big interview and realised that you forgot to give your hair a wash the night before? I know I have. This is where bicarbonate of soda will become your best friend. You can sprinkle some on your hairbrush along with some talcum powder and brush it through your hair, allowing the powder to revamp your lifeless hair. Et voila!
If you have spent a few too many hours in the sun and realise that you slightly resemble a lobster, try out this amazing bicarbonate of soda sunburn hack. Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and apply it to the sunburnt areas. The bicarbonate of soda will help to sooth skin inflammation, reduce itching and help your sunburn heal a lot quicker.
If you’re prone to pimples or simply need a new spot treatment, bicarbonate of soda is incredible for eliminating spots and helping reduce acne breakouts. Mix some bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of lemon juice to make a paste and apply the paste to acne breakouts or individual simples, letting it dry for a few minutes. Then wash and dry your face. Due to bicarbonate of soda’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it can help reduce skin breakouts and help you to manage the pain and inflammation.
Another amazing beauty hack of bicarbonate of soda is using it to soften and exfoliate your cuticles. To do this, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, put the paste on an old toothbrush and gently scrub your cuticles. This will leave cracked cuticles super soft and healthy by getting rid of dead skin cells. You can also use the excess paste to exfoliate your hands and leave them super subtle too.