Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Benefits Using Baking Soda for Health and Beauty

So you are staring into your refrigerator at 3 AM looking for something to eat. All you have a half empty bottle of ketchup and a box of baking soda. While this might not settle the appetite in your stomach, it can be applied to your skin to make you wake up looking younger. So how does it help?

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has numerous qualities that make it a great health and beauty product. If you have a free moment, go into your bathroom and check out the facial cleanser you are using. Look at the ingredient label and count how many of the ingredients you can pronounce. If you can't pronounce more than 50% of them, it's time to look into washing your face with something else. Most facial cleansers are expensive and baking soda has cleansing properties that are pure and without added chemicals. When mixed with water, baking soda creates a paste that is great for cleaning your skin after a long day. It will help remove makeup and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. If you want to create a facial mask, simply leave the product on your skin and let it dry for about fifteen minutes. Then wash it off and notice how great your skin feels. Furthermore, you can add it to your bath and your entire body will feel the effects.

Aside from skincare, baking soda can also be added to your favorite shampoo. Oftentimes your hair gets filled with chemical buildup from the hair sprays, gels and other products you use on a daily basis. Adding baking soda to your hair routine will help rid your hair of extra buildup. Some people do this everyday, but you can add just a teaspoon to your shampooing once a week to reap the benefits.

For years baking soda was used to clean your teeth and mouth. Instead of using expensive toothpastes, you can actually use baking soda directly to clean your teeth and gums. The taste can be quite strong, so feel free to mix it with your favorite flavoring, or just reserve it for emergency use.