Over the weekend, I decided to try something I saw on Pinterest that didn’t involve food or exercise.
Once a month my face regresses to my 16 year old self and I have a huge zit that takes up residence on my right cheek. This month I foolishly tried to pick it, which made it even more noticeable and hideous looking. Next, I tried to cover it with concealer, but that made my face itch like the dickens. Frustrated, I turned to my happy place (aka Pinterest) and tried to find a home made remedy because I felt too gross to leave the house (plus I had taken off my bra, and ladies, we know how THAT goes!).
I didn’t have oatmeal or honey at home but I did find this delightful pin when I searched health and beauty:
Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent.
The following are my experiences with using baking soda.
Health and Beauty
1. For gas. I was on this ice cream kick. Unfortunately, the older I get, the less I can handle dairy. Each time I had a bowl (or three), I would suffer excruciating pain from gas. It got so bad, the family took turns poking my stomach and making Poppin’ Fresh jokes. Using a teaspoon of baking soda and a cup of warm water as an antacid remedy eased all discomfort. A bonus was when I would burp. All of my burps were rather sparkly from the fizzle of the acid.
2. For funk. Sometimes The Boy smells like he has been stuck in a jungle for three weeks. My sister keeps trying to get me to give him medicated deodorant, but he’s only eleven and I think that’s a little harsh for his skin. Using a cotton ball, he applied some to his pits and this helped with his funk. Unfortunately it doesn’t help with the perspiration. Rubbing hands with baking soda also absorbs odors such as Nair, onions, or bleach.
3. Teeth and breath. Using a small amount as a paste prior to brushing my teeth with toothpaste, my mouth instantly felt cleaner. The Teen mixes with a bit of peroxide for whiter teeth. It also helps control morning breath. I gargled at night and the next morning my breath didn’t scare The Mister away when I yawned. I also had The Boy use some and he didn’t make me pass out when he kissed me goodbye. Everyone’s teeth seems less dull.
4. Facial scrub. I’ve tried two different scrubs. One called for a milk and baking soda mixture, the other was for just baking soda. I prefer the milk mixture. It was easier on my skin and I didn’t feel a tightness after I rinsed off my face. When I used plain baking soda, my zit itched like crazy and I kept getting it in my nose. That burned like crazy. A word of caution. This is MESSY. If you are using this best to do it IN the shower. The powder is like glitter, it gets everywhere!
5. For a hair rinse. Mixed with vinegar, it helps release the build up of product and makes hair feel less gummy. I also mix in herbs from my garden such as lavender, rosemary, or lemon thyme for a pleasant scent.
Tomorrow I detail uses for cleaning.
Have you used baking soda for health and beauty? Leave you comments below!