How To Make A Lemon And Baking Soda Face Mask

Written by Sucharita Mishra

Lemon and baking soda are essential items found in everyone’s kitchen. Did you know that these ingredients – which can be used to make a lemon cake – may also help in treating many of your skin woes? Yes, you heard that right! If you are interested in finding out how to use these two ingredients to treat your skin problems, keep on reading!

Are Lemon And Baking Soda Good For Your Skin?

One of the major components of lemon juice is vitamin C (1). Vitamin C is commonly used for treating the signs of aging as well as brightening the skin tone. This is because of its ability to synthesize collagen in the skin. Additionally, vitamin C is known to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun (2).

Meanwhile, the rough texture of baking powder works as a physical exfoliant on the skin and may help clean out your pores.

Hence, using a lemon juice and baking powder face mask can help you address many skin issues.

Now that you know the individual benefits of lemon and baking soda, let’s see what these two can do together for our face.

Benefits Of Lemon And Baking Soda Mask

1. Detoxify The Skin

Baking soda has a grainy texture that can work as a physical exfoliant on your face and help in getting rid of dead skin cells. Meanwhile, lemon juice contains antioxidants that can fight free radical damage and detox the skin (2). So, lemon and baking soda together may work as a detoxifying mask for your face.

2. Removes Blackheads

Blackheads form when dirt gets stuck in the open pores of your skin. Since lemon juice helps remove oil and baking soda helps in exfoliating the face, this face mask may come in handy for removing blackheads.

3. Removes Whiteheads

Similar to blackheads, whiteheads form due to clogged dirt around your nose. A lemon and baking soda mask may help in removing these whiteheads.

4. Lightens Dark Spots And Hyperpigmentation

Lemon juice decreases melanin formation and hyperpigmentation (2). And, anecdotal evidence suggests that baking soda lightens the skin. Hence, using a lemon juice and baking soda face mask may help in lightening any dark spots.

Now let’s find out how to make this face mask.

How To Use Lemon And Baking Soda On Your Face

There are a couple of ways to make a lemon juice and baking soda face mask. Check them out below:

Caution: Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive (i.e., it causes skin redness, itching, and burning). Therefore, apply sunscreen before stepping out into the sun after using these face masks.

1. How To Make A Lemon And Baking Soda Face Mask

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

What To Do

  1. Mix the lemon juice and baking soda in a glass bowl. Baking soda and lemon juice react to form a fizzy, bubbling solution. Do not stop when this happens. Keep on mixing until you get a runny, pale yellow paste.
  2. Apply and rub this paste all over your face and neck. You can scrub the paste on your T-zone or other oily areas on your face.
  3. Keep it on for a maximum of 15 minutes to avoid redness.
  4. Gently wipe the mask off with a washcloth dipped in lukewarm water.
  5. Wash your face with cold water to close the opened pores on your face.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once a week.

Note: This lemon juice and baking soda face mask may feel a bit tingly on your skin, but it is quite normal. However, if you feel a burning sensation on your face, wash it off immediately and don’t use it again.

2. How To Make A Lemon And Baking Soda Face Mask With Honey

Honey possesses good antibacterial properties (3). Thus, it may help in effectively eliminating the bacteria that may be residing in your pores and wreaking havoc on your skin. Honey can also moisturize, soften, and soothe your skin (4). Thus, it makes this face pack more suitable for dry, sensitive skin.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

What To Do

  1. Mix the honey, lemon juice, and baking soda in a glass bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck.
  3. Leave the mixture on your face for a maximum of 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once a week.

Conclusion

There you have it – all the benefits of a lemon and baking soda mask for your skin and how to use it on your face. It can help you fight the signs of aging and refresh your skin. Try it out to experience its benefits yourself! But, don’t forget to follow it up with sunscreen before stepping out into the sun because lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive.

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Sources

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  1. Lemon juice, raw
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167747/nutrients
  2. Topical Vitamin C and the Skin: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5605218/
  3. Honey in wound care: antibacterial properties
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831240/
  4. Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24305429/
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Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.