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Bicarbonate of soda is an alkaline substance that has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and can also help balance the PH levels of your skin which is why this kitchen staple is a great alternative to expensive skincare products. (I would advise doing a patch test on your skin before applying to your face, especially if you have sensitive skin).
1. Teeth Whitening
After you have applied toothpaste to your toothbrush, dip it into the bicarbonate of soda and brush your teeth as normal. This is great for removing surface stains and brightening up your smile, I do this once a week, usually on a Sunday night as we tend to eat and drink more over the weekends. It is also makes great mouthwash , just dissolve a teaspoon into a glass of water and wash around your mouth for 30-60 seconds.
2. Face & Body Scrub
Mix one cup bicarbonate of soda with half a cup water to create a paste and then apply to your skin in circular motions to exfoliate and get rid of dry/uneven skin.
3. Pore Minimising Face Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with 1-2 tablespoons of water until you have a paste. Make sure you have clean, make-up free skin before application. Wash/steam your face with warm water to open up your pores and then apply the mask. Leave for 5-10 minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin, if you have oily skin leaving it on for 10 minutes is recommended. Rinse off with warm water and then splash face with cold water to help close your pores before moisturising as normal.
4. Detox Bath
Add a cup of bicarbonate of soda to your running bath water and let it dissolve. This not only helps exfoliate and cleanse the skin but it also promotes healing so it is good for any skin irritation you may have.
5. Volumising Shampoo
Bicarbonate of soda when applied to the roots of your hair soaks up all the oils and impurities so by adding a teaspoon to your usual amount of daily shampoo can help to lift your hair and boost volume.
These are all treatments that I like to use regularly and as much as I love to treat myself to high end skincare products when I can afford to, I find bicarbonate of soda a perfectly suitable alternative. If you have any bicarbonate beauty tips of your own, please feel free to share in the comments.