Baking Soda & Skin Care

by Usha Sliva ; Updated July 18, 2017

Baking soda is a natural cleanser and exfoliate.

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Baking soda is one of your home's ultimate multi-taskers: Aside from its cooking uses, it can help freshen your fridge, clean your home, and even care for your skin. Baking soda's slightly grainy texture and cleansing component make it an inexpensive treatment for softer, fresher skin. Use it two to three times a week for best results, or back off to once a week if your skin starts to feel dry or tight.

Exfoliate and Soften

Baking soda is made up of small grains of sodium bicarbonate. It feels soft to the touch -- it's less coarse than sugar or salt -- but enough to provide gentle exfoliation to your face and body. Baking soda can be mixed with plain water to make a paste, gently rubbed into the skin, then rinsed clean. You can also mix a small amount of baking soda in your cleanser for a DIY facial scrub.

Control Oil

Baking soda is a mild cleansing agent. It's also slightly drying, making it especially handy for oily skin types. In acne-prone skin, it can help calm inflammation, draw out impurities and dry out pimples. To treat acne, you can mix the baking soda with a small amount of water to create a paste, then apply it to acne-prone areas. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse away.

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About the Author

Usha Sliva is a Vancouver based writer who since 2005 has focused on health, nutrition and wellness. Her work appears on websites such as Health Enhancement Systems and Mind Body Sanctuary. She’s an avid yoga practitioner and runner. Sliva holds a master's degree in social anthropology, and a writing certification from Simon Fraser University.