Baking soda (aka Sodium Bicarbonate) is an all-natural wonder agent that can do literally hundreds of things around the house far more effectively than conventional (and more expensive) cleaning products.
Baking soda is so versatile that you can use it as either a daily cleanser, as an exfoliator or even as a face mask.
Although many people swear by the use of baking soda on their faces and claim that using it makes their skin look younger, there are also other people who report that they have suffered side effects from this popular home remedy.
Baking Soda Face Wash
Baking soda can be used as a facial cleanser to remove dead skin cells, oil or dirt from the skin. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.
To make a baking soda face wash simply take some baking soda and place it in the palm of your hand. Add some warm water and mix to form a paste. Generally a ratio of two parts baking soda to one part water works best but experiment to find a consistency that works for you.
Dampen your face with warm water and then gently, using your fingertips apply the baking soda paste all over your face before rinsing thoroughly with warm water and then patting dry.
Baking Soda and Lemon Face Mask
The combination of baking soda and lemon is a powerful mixture to alkalize your body but this combination can also benefit your face!
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and citric acid, which naturally disinfect skin and remove oil. Their natural acids can gently exfoliate and cleanse oily skin, leaving it toned and even.
Liquid lemon juice can penetrate buildup and remove impurities, leading to tighter, cleaner skin less prone to breakouts. Lemon juice is one of the best natural remedies for age spots and hyper-pigmentation.
You can combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar in a cup. Stir until the ingredients are evenly blended, and then apply the scrub to damp, just-cleansed skin. Massage the skin gently with your fingers, concentrating on dry patches or problem areas. Let the mask soak in for 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Alternatively you can add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to your baking soda face wash mixture to create a mask that will help to brighten and tighten your skin. You can also experiment with this turmeric face mask for glowing skin.