Baking soda has many benefits, it cleans and deodorizes your home and replaces both yeast chemical for your pastry preparations and your toothpaste to brush and whiten your teeth. Among all its uses, there is one in particular to which we will be interested in this article, it is in care for the skin.
How Sodium Bicarbonate Works
Baking soda works especially on problem skins that suffer from acne, dryness, irritation or eczema. So you do not have to go to commercial cosmetics that are often expensive when you have bicarbonate at your fingertips. If you do not have one at home, you will find it in pharmacies and supermarkets in the drugstore department.
Sodium bicarbonate has an amphoteric action, ie it acts as an acid or a base capable of eliminating the pH disorders of the skin, often causing acne. Moreover, it promotes the disappearance of the sebum by drying the skin and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which make it possible to avoid the appearance of blackheads and pimples. Mixed with water, it exfoliates impurities and dead skin.
People with sensitive skin should use it in moderation because its drying action tends to cause redness and change the pH of the skin. It should therefore be avoided more than twice a week. On the other hand, if you observe a reaction from the first use, know that this product is not made for you!
Here are some effective treatments and masks to clean problem skins:
The mixture of sodium bicarbonate and water
Mix 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate and 2 tablespoons of water to obtain a paste of homogeneous consistency.
Apply it on a cleaned and dried face, insisting on the buttons and let it act for about 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water. Then hydrate yourself with your usual moisturizer.
Who says skin problems says pimples all over the body, not just the face. So you can use bicarbonate when you take your bath.
Fill the bathtub with hot water, add 150 g of baking soda and stir. Immerse yourself in the bath for about 20 minutes then rinse under the shower. This will slow down the formation of acne pimples and blackheads.
In soothing care
For shavers, be aware that by mixing 3 tablespoons of bicarbonate with 1 tablespoon of water, you get a natural after-shave to soothe and soften your skin.
If you want to erase your face naturally, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 tablespoon of water and massage by making circular motions.
The mixture of baking soda and lemon
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Start by cleansing and drying your face and then apply this mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. If you feel that tugging does not frighten it is normal. Rinse with warm water and moisturize your face.
Mix 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate and a drizzle of lemon juice to obtain a paste to cleanse and exfoliate your skin.
After moistening your face with warm water, apply the mixture by making circular movements without rubbing to avoid irritating your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize. The acidity of the lemon helps to dry out the pimples and exfoliate the skin.
The mixture of baking soda and coconut oil
In exfoliating care
Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate (for sensitive skins 2 tablespoons of oil for 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate).
Apply to your cleaned and dried face and make circular movements before rinsing with clear water.
Coconut oil is moisturizing and healing and promotes the regeneration and treatment of the skin. Its softness makes it possible to compensate for the abrasive action of bicarbonate and is suitable for all skin types.
Attention, all these treatments should absolutely not be used more than 2 times a week!