Baking soda isn’t just for cooking and cleaning. It also has many health benefits, like relieving heartburn when added to water and soothing irritated bug bites and psoriasis flare-ups when applied to the affected area.
With such versatility, it’s no surprise that baking soda has plenty of beauty uses, too. If you want to green your beauty regimen and save money, try these easy at-home baking soda treatments for softer skin, shinier hair, and more.
Scrub Your Way to Smoother Skin
Show off flake-free arms and legs in tank tops and shorts this summer by gently buffing away dead skin cells. Create a mild exfolitator by mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. “Rub it all over your crackly elbows and knees for a smooth feel,” says Keri Glassman, a registered dietitian. Use the homemade scrub before applying self-tanner to ensure your faux color is streak-free.
Go Longer Between Shampoos
To extend the life of a blowout, try this recipe for dry shampoo from Indie Lee, founder of the all-natural Indie Lee skin care line: Mix ¼ cup arrowroot powder (a fine natural powder found in the baking aisle at most grocery stores), 1 Tbsp. baking soda, and 1 drop lavender essential oil. Then, dip a large, wide brush into the mixture, shake off the excess, and apply to the roots of your hair. Arrowroot powder will sop up oil at your roots, while baking soda will absorb both oil and odor, making your hair feel and smell cleaner — no shower required.