Beauty benefits of Baking Soda

Ummm… No, I’m not sharing an easy-to-bake-cake recipe here. Baking soda has many more uses than just in baking!!

Baking soda has been used in skin-care for quite a long time. It is an exfoliator, a skin-brightener, and to even out complexion. It is a natural, effective and budget-friendly way to help with many beauty related issues. It is a chemical-free anti-bacterial agent, and helps with many skin issues such as acne, bacterial infection on the hands and feet, etc.

But first, what exactly is baking soda?Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, bicarb and bicarbonate of soda, is a white powder with an alkaline taste. It is found in its natural state dissolved in mineral springs around the world, making it easily available and cost effective.

Below are some uses (and methods of usage) of baking soda for beauty benefits:

  • For bright teeth: Baking soda is a natural bleach for the teeth. In a small dish, mix 1 tbsp. baking soda with some water and a pinch of salt, and use this mixture instead of the regular toothpaste once a day to get bright teeth.
  • For hair:ever wondered how to get rid of product build-up on the hair (i.e. deposition of certain chemicals on the hair because of using a certain shampoo and conditioner for a long time. You get to know about this when you feel that the shampoo or conditioner is no longer acting on your hair)? Baking soda can help.
    • Add a tsp. Of baking soda to regular shampoo bottle. Now use this shampoo to wash your hair. This will prevent product build up
    • Alternatively, after shampoo, dissolve a tsp. of baking soda in a cup of water/ apple cider vinegar, and pour this mixture over your hair, and then rinse off with fresh, clean water.
    • Dry shampoo: baking soda can also be dusted on the hair, on a day when you don’t want to shampoo, to get rid of excessive oils.
    • For the body: Take 1-2 tbsp. of baking soda, or more, depending on your requirement, and add only as much water to make a thick paste. This acts as an excellent scrub for the skin, and also for any rough patches.
    • Relaxing Bath: Mix 2-3 cups of baking soda with ½ cup corn starch, and keep in an air-tight container. Add 1/4th cup of this mixture to your bath-tub to get bubbly bath at home! It will help in soothing the skin, and softening it.
    • For the nails: Dip a soft, wet toothbrush into baking soda powder, and use this to scrub around nails. It will remove all dead skin, and soften the cuticle, leaving hands and nails squeaky clean.
    • For fungal infection on feet/ hands: Add 1 tbsp. baking soda to a tub full of warm water, along with some almond oil. This will eliminate the fungal infection, and soften the skin too!
    • For the face: 
  • Exfoliation: Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tbsp. of water or apple cider vinegar. This is an excellent mild scrub for the skin, and also helps in tightening skin pores (when used with apple cider vinegar).
  • Anti-acne: Bacteria on the skin need an acidic environment to grow, and since Baking Soda is alkaline in nature, it disrupts the growth of bacteria on the skin (without disrupting the pH balance of the skin) and helps in fighting acne. Use in the same way as the Exfoliator above. Leave the mixture on the face for 10 minutes after exfoliation, and then wash off with cold water.
  • Skin brightening and for getting even complexion: Mix 1 tsp. of baking Soda with a 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil. Apply this pack to your cleansed face for 10 mintes, then wash off with cold water.

Tips and precautions when using Baking Soda:Don’t get over-zealous! Nothing works over night! Begin with small quantities of Baking Soda, and see if it suits your skin/ hair/ teeth. If it does, gradually increase the amount to permissible levels to get the best benefits. Begin by using it once a week, and gradually increase the frequency to 2-3 times a week.

Disclaimer:This article does not replace the need of consulting with your Doctor for any skin/ hair/ teeth related issues. User discretion advised!

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Beauty blogger, make-up fanatic. Love eye make-up, lipsticks, perfumes, blushes. Too bad at nail art!
  • Arshi

    I used baking soda (1 teaspoon baking + 1 teaspoon water) to get rid of blackheads on my nose and noticed an obvious difference, it works. But I wanted to know how safe baking soda was before I include it in my weekly regimen. I read in a forum that it may be too alkaline for our skin (weakening the skin barrier), but I guess if you mix a few drops of lemon (being very acidic) it will even out the pH of the mixture. Good idea, plus a few drops of oil will keep this moisture :-) . Will definitely give this a try next week.

    p.s. LOVE THIS SITE!!

  • Arshi

    Quick question: what are your thoughts on hydrogen peroxide for skincare?