Baking Soda Skin Care

Written by Sarah Provost
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Baking soda skin care is an old-fashioned idea that is looking new again. That humble box of white powder that sits in your fridge or among your baking supplies can revitalize your skin just as well as many products that cost you dearly. Baking soda can be used as an exfoliating scrub, an anti-irritant, a natural antiseptic and even as the crystals in microdermabrasion.

Baking Soda Skin Care at Home

Baking soda is an alkaline substance which complements the natural pH balance of the skin.. Since baking soda easily dissolves in water, it won't leave particles trapped in pores, which can happen with some exfoliating scrubs. Just put a tablespoon of baking powder in the palm of your hand and add warm water, a few drops at a time, until you can form a paste. Apply it to your face with a circular motion. Be careful not to scrub too hard if your skin in sensitive. Rinse well, and your skin will look fresher and feel softer.

You can also use baking soda skin care to treat insect bites, sunburn and other mild skin irritation. For insect bites, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the bite and allow it to dry. For sunburn and other less localized irritation, dissolve a handful of baking soda in your bath water, and then allow your skin to air dry rather than using a towel.

Baking soda skin care has even invaded the high-tech world of microdermabrasion. This procedure uses tiny mineral particles forced at speed through a nozzle to effectively "sandblast" the skin. The original crystals used were of aluminum oxide, but a recent technique has resulted in a baking soda crystal that is hard enough to be abrasive, but has none of the environmental, respiratory and neurological dangers presented by the aluminum compound. Baking soda's pH balance and natural antiseptic qualities make it an excellent choice for this use.


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