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5 reasons why you should make baking soda your BFF for healthy skin

Published on:3 October 2020, 08:00am IST
Whether it’s acne or dead skin, using baking soda for skin is a handy hack for all your woes. Read on to know more.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Thank you baking soda for being the best skin care expert. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you think that your skin texture is uneven or rough, then dear sistah, you need a good exfoliating product. No, we aren’t talking about those chemical-laden exfoliators that are going to make your case worse. Instead, may we suggest you give baking soda a chance! 

Believe it or not, baking soda is an excellent exfoliator, and will make your skin bright and brilliant in no time!

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“Baking soda is readily available, and is one of the safest options for your skin. It has amazing healing properties, and due to its grainy texture it helps in exfoliating  the skin. Also, its alkaline nature makes it antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial as well. Plus, it also has skin soothing properties”, informs renowned dermatologist, Dr. Rinky Kapoor. 

Here are five reasons why baking soda must be your go-to skin care product:

1. Use baking soda to get rid of pimples
According to Dr Kapoor, if you have mild acne, and want to dry it out within a day, then you must use baking soda paste at least two to three times in 24 hours.

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“Baking soda is abrasive in nature, so just make a thick paste with water, and apply it all over your acne. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash your face with water. Follow this routine at least three times a day to dry out your acne”, she suggests.

2. Baking soda is great to reduce dark spots
Yes, baking soda can help in the reduction of dark spots, because it has bleaching properties. Do you know that sodium bicarbonate is the main component of all the bleach creams you use? No wonder, making a paste with this kitchen ingredient makes a lot of sense!

3. Bid adieu to blackheads, thanks to baking soda
“Because of its grainy texture, scrubbing your skin with baking soda can soften it, and help you clear those stubborn blackheads. But don’t scrub too hard, you don’t want to damage your skin”, she explains.

4. You can use it to remove dead skin as well
Yes madam, baking soda will help you help you with glowing skin, because it will remove all the dead skin cells from your face. Also, thanks to the alkaline nature of baking soda, your pores will be unclogged, so that your skin can finally breathe!

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Baking soda and your skin are a match made in heaven. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Baking soda is a treat for your lips, elbow, and knees
Who said exfoliation is only for your face? Plus, the bleaching properties of baking soda helps to lighten your skin, especially in those areas which are otherwise too dark!

Dr Kapoor advises some people to steer clear of baking soda
“If you have dry skin or have a major skin problem, then you should not use baking soda, as it can aggravate the problem. Also, you don’t have to use it every day. Just once or twice a week is fine for 15- 20 minutes. I have seen people apply it overnight, this is a very wrong thing to do as it will show side effects”, she explains.

So ladies, try baking soda to get gorgeous skin!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.