Baking Soda & Skin Care

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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.