Baking Soda Beauty Hacks
Remedies Blackheads Naturally
Everyday activities can contribute to the buildup of toxins, dirt, and grime that can get trapped in the skin's pores. Not only can these blocked pores inhibit the natural excretion of toxins and the body's normal sweat, but the trapped buildup can also lead to the development of blackheads. When the skin has substances trapped within its surface without any way of purging the pores, pimple-like developments arise on the skin's surface and appear black. While acne and whiteheads can be irritating, unsightly, and uncomfortable, blackheads can be more difficult to deal with because they result from deeply imbedded buildup in the skin's subsurface pores. By trying to rid the skin of these blackheads by poking, prodding, and popping, any blackhead sufferer can find themselves dealing with major skin irritations, inflammation, or permanent scarring. With an all-natural recipe that utilizes the cleansing power of baking soda, anyone who wants to get rid of blackheads can do so simply, easily, and naturally.
Baking soda has the amazing ability to balance the pH of the skin while ridding the body of toxins and bacteria that can contribute to the buildup that causes blackheads. With a simple rinse of a baking soda-based solution that consists of 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water, the skin can be refreshed and replenished, freeing the pores of residue...all while improving the skin's ability to naturally combat the buildup. With the wash applied, a gentle scrub with the fingertips and a thorough rinse with warm water can help resolve blackheads naturally. In addition, you can make the following topical application to extract toxins, impurities, and foreign elements that can become trapped in the skin.
Make a Blackhead-Combatting Application:
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a small bowl, mix the ingredients until they form a paste.
- Apply to the blackhead-affected area and massage the paste gently into the skin with your fingertips.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Countless consumers seek out products that promise to provide their face and skin with a sun-kissed glow. Whether they be moisturizers, rinses, masks, or other applications, these products often contain chemicals, additives, or ingredients that can strip the natural layers of the skin in order to give the impression of a lustrous "glow." While the immediate result may be glowing skin, the hidden dangers lie in the consequences of removing layers of the skin with questionable chemicals and synthetic substances. The visual benefit of glowing skin is often accompanied by unpleasant residual effects that include irritation, inflammation, redness, and acne. While you may achieve a temporary glow with the simple application of an over-the-counter treatment, the long-term effects of these applications can be detrimental to the health of your skin for years, if not a lifetime.
In order to avoid damaging, artificial ingredients, many consumers have sought out all-natural alternatives to brighten, rejuvenate, and cleanse their skin, unclog their pores, and bring the body's pH into balance. One of the most effective natural ingredients that provides all these benefits is baking soda. Without risking the health of the skin or contributing to the development of serious skin issues, baking soda can be used in combination with other all-natural ingredients to create a scrub that gives you a healthy glow while also improving and maintaining your skin's well-being.
Make this Simple Scrub:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- In a medium bowl, mix the ingredients well.
- Massage into the skin and rinse off with warm water to reveal glowing skin.
Recommendations for Use:
- This scrub can be used as often as three times a day. The solution can be stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Makes a Moisturizing Facial Scrub
As with most beauty products on the market, facial scrubs and cleansers are available for almost any specific need or concern imaginable. Whether your skin be blemished or sensitive, inflamed or riddled with acne, there are a plethora of skin care products that seem to have been designed just for you. While these seemingly helpful products may be enticing, the appeal of their marketing ploys can fall at when it comes to your specific skin care needs. Oily, dry, irritated skin requires a balance with pH, not a "mask" that simply alleviates a skin issue for a few hours. Without the need of these over-the-counter scrubs that can irritate skin, cause inflammation, and exacerbate skin conditions, you can create your very own moisturizing facial scrub at home with a few simple ingredients that are probably in your cupboards and refrigerator right now.
Baking soda-based facial scrubs allow for the skin to be rejuvenated and refreshed by balancing the pH levels and alkalizing any acidity that lurks beneath the skin's surface. With the addition of coconut oil and aloe vera for deep penetrating moisture for the skin's many layers, the skin is not only replenished but also safeguarded against harmful toxins and carcinogens. Adding brown sugar allows for the scrub to be mildly abrasive without damaging the skin's surface or adding any chemical-laden additives that can irritate or inflame the skin.
Make this Facial Scrub:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together well.
- Apply the mixture to the face and massage it in gently to ensure all areas are treated.
- Rinse with warm water and follow your normal beauty routine as usual.
Recommendations for Use:
- This application can be used twice daily, or as needed.
More from Baking Soda for Health:
In Baking Soda for Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Sodium Bicarbonate, Britt Brandon reveals a surprising healing agent that's been hiding in our pantry. Baking soda is an excellent natural solution to your health and beauty needs. Readers can treat and prevent common ailments such as migraines, allergies, and boost their immunity with 100 natural quick fixes using baking soda. This excerpt is from Part 2, "Beauty."
Excerpted from Baking Soda for Health by Britt Brandon Copyright © 2018 Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.