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How Does Baking Soda Help With Your Face?

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From chemical peels to facial scrubs, people have been trying practically everything under the sun to help with their skin problems, but what if there was an easy solution right under our nose the whole time?

Recently, baking soda has been making its rounds as a popular, inexpensive facial product. It’s great because it’s a readily available ingredient no matter where you live.

If you feel like you’ve tried absolutely everything from prescription face wash to all natural products but you haven’t tried baking soda yet, well, now might be the time to give it a try. The results might actually surprise you and at least you won’t break the bank if it doesn’t work for you.

Keep reading to find out how to use baking soda in your new skin care routine and why it’s so popular!

To start off, baking soda is a natural salt that can be used as a gentle, but powerful, exfoliant for your skin.

It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in it that can really help with acne.

Baking soda can also rid your skin of excess oil and shrink the enlarged pores of your skin.

And if you don’t have skin problems, then you can actually use baking soda as a natural deodorant.

Now, you might be wondering if you can switch out baking soda for baking powder and the answer is no. Baking soda and baking powder have two completely different chemical compositions and baking powder won’t be the powerful exfoliant your skin needs.

When using baking soda for your face, it’s best to buy a pure one. You don’t want anything with any additives in it because your skin might react negatively.

Similarly, it’s important to see if your skin is allergic to baking soda and thus a patch test is necessary.

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Once you’ve determined that your skin isn’t allergic, you can go ahead and officially add baking soda to your skincare regime!

Baking soda can be used for acne. Use one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of organic honey and make a thick paste. Apply with clean hands and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing.

Baking soda can also be used for exfoliation. Take one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of water (or honey depending on your preference) and make a paste. Apply with clean hands and rub gently in a circular motion for a minute before rinsing.

Baking soda is great for itchy skin. Use one teaspoon of baking soda and a little bit of water to make a paste. Apply it to the itchy area and rinse off with water.

Baking soda works to combat body odor. Take one teaspoon of baking soda and some water to make a very thick, milky paste. Rub it on your underarms and any other problem areas and leave it on for two minutes before rinsing.

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