What if we told you that applying the chemical compound NaHCO3 could help solve most of your skin problems? Yup, it’s the same remarkable chemical that also goes by the name Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking Soda. While we’re not really in favour of treating the skin with chemical compounds synthesised artificially in labs, using baking soda for skin issues can actually be pretty safe, especially since it is a naturally occurring compound that is found in abundant quantities in the form of the mineral ‘natron’.

A lot of it has been discovered in mineral springs across the world, attracting a host of tourists who want to experience the invigorating benefits of this exceptional compound to such places. For those of you who haven’t yet had the good fortune of experiencing the comfort and relaxation provided by a natural hot spring, your tryst with baking soda must probably have taken place either in the kitchen (while baking) or while doing some heavy-duty cleaning in your house; or maybe you’re a nuclear scientist who needs to get the depleted uranium off your clothes (yup, baking soda can do it all!).

As for using baking soda for skin treatments, sodium bicarbonate can work wonders when used in the right manner and quantities. Right from being an excellent exfoliator to a being a brilliant bleaching agent, baking soda has properties that could potentially make it your skin’s best friend. Interestingly enough, the baking powder that you see in your kitchen amongst your baking paraphernalia isn’t quite the same as the baking soda that you’ll be using for your skin. Baking powder only consists of about a third of the alkaline compound and is mixed with certain other acidic ingredients such as cream of tartar. But if you’re not in possession of any baking soda, the baking powder should do just fine too, although you’d need it in much greater quantities.

Moving on to skincare, our team at BeBeautiful has curated a list of skin problems that this extraordinary compound could help treat (baking soda’s quite magical like that). So prop yourself on your couch, take a bite out of that mouth-watering muffin you just baked (using baking soda, of course!) and read on.

Bye, bye, acne, pimples and blackheads!
 

Bye, bye, acne, pimples and blackheads!

Baking soda is not only a good exfoliator but also helps by slightly shrinking the size of your pores, thereby preventing dirt and other particulate matter from clogging them. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of baking soda for skin further help reduce the reoccurrence of pimples and acne. Mind you though, baking soda in its unadulterated form can be a bit too harsh for your skin. In order to use baking soda as an astringent or toner, mix about a tablespoon of it into a bottle of water and apply it to your face. The solution works even better when refrigerated for a while before being used over your skin.

Baking soda for brilliantly glowing skin
 

Baking soda for brilliantly glowing skin

The compound, when mixed with certain juices like orange, can provide your skin with multiple benefits. The healing properties of such a solution can boost the collagen levels of your skin while also cleaning out any impurities that might be present. In the event that you wish to get rid of any spots, scars (especially those left behind by acne or pimples) or blemishes on your skin, mixing baking soda with lemon juice will help you create an effective and natural bleaching solution. If there are certain dark patches on your skin, you can treat those as well using a solution made from baking soda and potato juice, thereby evening out your skin tone in the affected regions. Baking soda, being alkaline in nature, tends to dry out your skin though. So it is often recommended that you apply a moisturiser on your skin after having bleached or cleansed it using a baking soda solution.

Dead Skin Cells, No More.
 

Dead Skin Cells, No More.

As we’ve mentioned before, baking soda truly has remarkable exfoliating properties. A paste made from baking soda for your skin can help you get rid of the dead cells that get accumulated over time. Whether you’re using it as a face pack or to gently exfoliate your lips so as to get back their original colour and texture, having baking soda at your disposal can really come in handy. In the case of exfoliating your lips, mixing baking soda with honey can help get back their soft, naturally pink appearance, especially since the honey in the solution tends to work like magic when it comes to moisturising your lips.

You can even use baking soda to give your feet a pedicure, just dip them in a bucket containing a solution of the compound (usually three tablespoons in a bucketful of water should do) and then use a pumice stone or a foot file to scrub off the dead skin cells (don’t forget to moisturise your feet thereafter).

It’s anti-bacterial too!
 

It’s anti-bacterial too!

The anti-bacterial properties of baking soda help prevent the occurrence of breakouts on your skin. It also aids in keeping just about all kinds of rashes and skin infections at bay, especially if mixed with coconut oil. Since it is alkaline, anti-fungal and also an excellent pH balancer, a solution of baking soda for your skin (or a paste) can even help treat any yeast infections that you might have.

Effortless pain-free hair removal’s a thing now!
 

Effortless pain-free hair removal’s a thing now!

Baking soda works great in the field of hair removal as well. Whether you wish to get rid of some of your facial hair or remove that stubborn ingrowth, you can count on baking soda to come to your rescue. This alkaline compound tends to dehydrate your hair follicles in the process of exfoliation so that the unwanted hair can come out easily without causing you much pain. It also prevents the treated area from being infected in the immediate future, which is pretty important since exposed hair follicles can be quite susceptible to infection.

No more BO!
 

No more BO!

Speaking of killing bacteria, if you’re a person who sweats a lot and is troubled by the problem of body odour, using baking soda for this skin issue can certainly help your cause. Not only does applying a solution made from baking soda and lemon juice before taking a bath helps kill the odour-causing bacteria, but it also helps control your perspiration levels by absorbing any excess moisture and by managing the pH of your skin. And we’re pretty sure you’ll love that lingering lemony fragrance too.