Bi-carb soda is about to become your next beauty must have.
If you’re looking for some simple but effective alternatives to your regular beauty treatments then you need to add some bi-carb into your life. Bi-carb helps to regulate pH levels, and it’s not just great for baking cakes. It has a surprising number of uses in the beauty world!
These are six of our favourite ways to incorporate bi-carb soda into our beauty routines.
Before we start, a quick clarification on terms. You’ll see reference to bi-carb soda, baking soda and baking powder all over the Internet. For the purposes of this article we have used the classic blue box of McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda which is available across Australia.
1. Face Mask
A basic bi-carb soda face mask helps to draw out impurities, deep clean your pores and fight pimples and acne. Mix 3 teaspoons of bi-carb soda with 1 teaspoon of water, adjusting the quantities until you’ve got a nice thick paste. Then spread the mixture over your face and leave on for ten minutes before rinsing with warm water.
There are plenty of complicated recipes for bi-carb body scrubs out there. But let’s keep this simple. Take a handful of dry bi-carb soda into the shower with you. Carefully wet your body, and then turn off the water. Now scrub your whole body with the dry bi-carb and turn the water back on once you’re done. A simple yet effective exfoliant.
Try adding about half a cup of bi-carb soda to your next bath. As you relax in the warm water the bi-carb will get to work on your skin, leaving it feeling smoother and softer than ever before. As a bonus, it will leave your bath clean as well!
Bi-carb soda can work wonders on limp and oily hair. You have two options here. You can mix a teaspoon of bi-carb into your regular shampoo for a clarifying effect that still lathers and cleanses as normal. Or you can combine one tablespoon of bi-carb with three tablespoons of water for a no-poo cleanser that you’ll need to work through wet hair with your fingers.
Here’s a seriously cost effective way of cleaning your brushes. Mix a teaspoon of bi-carb with approximately one cup of water in a bowl. Then swirl your brushes around in the mixture before rinsing them under running water and leaving them to dry.
A seriously simple alternative to commercial deodorants and fragrances is to mix three tablespoons of bi-carb with a few drops of your favourite essential oil. You want this mixture to stay powdery rather than turning into a paste. Use a brush to dust it onto your underarms to neutralise BO.