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What It Does
According to All Women’s Talk, baking soda does more than make your drain smell fresh. It turns out that your lowly box of Arm & Hammer has antibiotic properties that help you reduce breakouts and fungal infections. FitLive.TV goes on to say that it returns your skin to a more alkaline state as it detoxifies it, and it functions as an exfoliant, allowing you to gently slough off those dead skin cells that cause your skin to look dull.
But most importantly for our purposes here, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help to shrink your pores.
How to Make a Baking Soda Scrub
Making this pore-reducer is easy peasy. There are two variations on how to use this mask/ scrub.
Baking Soda Scrub #1:
- 2 TBSP of baking soda
- 2 TBSP of water
Mix these two ingredients into a paste.
Apply to your face, using a circular motion. Continue this for 30 seconds.
Rinse the face with cold water.
For the first week, you can use this as a substitute for your regular face-washing routine: Do it five to seven times the first week. After that, reduce it to three times a week.
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Baking Soda Scrub #2:
Same ingredients, same amounts.
Instead of rubbing this on your face in a circular motion, apply it to the face and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse it off with cold water. Do this mask everyday.
Things to Remember About Baking Soda Masks
You should also note that if you have sensitive skin, baking soda can cause irritation, so do this on a small patch of your skin first to see how your skin responds. Or reduce the number of times you substitute the baking soda scrub for your regular routine.
Other Uses for Baking Soda
You don’t need to stop at your face. Baking soda does wonderful things for the skin all over your body.
Soften the Skin on Your Feet
Day in, day out your feet take you where you want to go. They also take a beating in the process. Between the rub of your shoes to the aches caused by wearing high heels, it’s no wonder your feet cry out for a little TLC. Why not pamper them? Soak them in this mixture for soothing relief and smoother skin:
Pour 1/2 c. of baking soda into a gallon of warm water. Immerse your feet in it for a half an hour for smoother skin.
*If you want a deeper foot bath, just use a 1/2 c. of baking soda for every gallon of warm water that you add to the mix.
Just draw a bath and then add:
- 1/2 c. of baking soda
- 2 c. of Epsom salts
Give yourself a soak for 30 minutes to get the benefits of this baking soda wash.
There you have it! You’ve discovered the secret (and cheap) beauty ingredient that resides in your cupboard. Use baking soda generously to rid yourself of large pores and to give your skin a more beautiful look!