I've started using this stuff as a teeth whitener cos even though i have very healthy teeth they always looks very yellowish next to my pale skin. I even avoided smiling in photos because i'm paranoid my yellow teeth will ruin the picture! This stuff has started to turn my life around, even though its a slow and subtle remedy-at lightening and brightening my teeth-the effects have given me so much confidence and I'm no longer afraid to smile infront of the camera. I mix this powder form into my tooth paste (WARNING: this stuff tasted horrific if you don't put enough tooth paste with it) and brush my teeth with it once or twice a week. This stuff is so incredibly cheap too-only 87pence for a large pot. I'm looking forward to finding other uses for this product cos its a great everyday non-allergenic tool.
Baking Soda is great for a number of uses...i.e., bee stings--along with other bug bites; keeping your fridge from getting foul-smelling; in recipes as a leavener; exfoliation, brushing teeth...and.....
drum roll please.....as a preventative in gum health.
A recent trip to the dentist had me in the chair of the hygenist getting a lesson in gum care. To prevent against gingivitis, she suggested that I make a "paste" of a couple of teaspoons of baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Place the paste on the gums and with one of those rubber-tippy metal sticks, massage the baking soda into the gums and in between your teeth. Twice a day. It'll help make your gums strong and healthy. By golly this works. My gums were swollen and bled easily. No more! Swelling down. No more bleeding and they are healthy. Who knew? Thank goodness Baking Soda is dirt cheap because in the past month I've gone through quite a bit!
Probably the best - and only - tip from Paula Begoun I've used. I have a separate box of this in my bathroom. When in the shower I just sprinkle a little in my hand, make a past with water, and scrub. I have used it with face wash, but prefer it alone. For the record, my skin is combination, and really sensitive, and this hasn't irritated while getting rid of all the flakes. After investing in expensive scrubs and having all the scrubbies being far and few between, and not really getting rid of anything, this works great. I wish it didn't come in a cardboard container, as it disintegrates in the humidity, but I suppose it'd be ease to move it to a regular container.
I use this with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and it's amazing. It actually makes my face all glowy like nothing else. I usually use it after I've already cleansed my face with Dove Two-in-One Cleanser and Toner, to get makeup off and to get better results from the baking soda. Like everyone has already said, it's a great gentle exfoliant that really works.
Baking soda is a great exfoliant. Most exfoliators and facial scrubs use particles that are too large that can put tiny lacerations and cuts on your face, which gathers bacteria. Baking soda particles are small enough that they won't give you these scratches.
For some people, baking soda and water as a paste works as a mask. I've tried this and it made my face feel so dry and tight, which I didn't like. However, I use this as an exfoliator all the time, and it makes my face feel very clean and smooth. I just mix a little in with my cleanser, and it works great! I will never buy an expensive facial scrub again.
Baking soda...I'm kind of (okay, no, I AM) an exfoliant whore and I have to say after trying several (expensive and cheap) exfoliators, I keep coming back to my el-cheapo baking soda.
As long as you use enough water (think more watery slurry, not toothpaste) and don't scrub like you're tackling an oil spill on your garage floor, this will keep your skin clear, glowing, and flaky-free. It doesn't remove makeup, so I use it in the shower after a cleanser to get off the mascara and such. I don't use it as a mask, just as a scrub, so I can't speak to that usage. You *will* need moisturizer afterward, as it is very alkaline and will dry your face out just like regular soap washing will.
I was lucky enough to get a facial at the Wynn Hotel last year, and I'd been using baking soda 3-4 times a week. The esthetician asked me what I used for exfoliating (they use Naturopathica - can you say spendy?) and when I told her, she stopped what she was doing in utter disbelief. I'm 40 years old and she commented on how smooth and clear my skin was, how small my pores were, and said she was going to try it when she went home!
So a few tips: slurry, not paste. Don't crank your fingers into your face like you're giving a Swedish massage or you *will* end up with what amounts to an abrasive burn that will take a week to go away (especially around your eyes and over the high points of your face, like your cheekbones). Keep in the box outside the shower or it'll get wet and clump (or keep in a screw top jar in the shower or wherever you do your face). At 99 cents a box, it's a freaking bargain compared to some of the stuff I've used out there (but of course, I'll keep experimenting).
Last night I washed my hair with 2 tbls baking soda dissolved in 2 cups of water. I just poured the water over my head and massaged my scalp really well. Then I rinsed it with water and then I poured a mixture of 1 tbl apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water over my head as a final rinse. It was squeaky clean. I let it air dry and then used a little bit of coconut oil rubbed between my palms and finger combed through my hair before I combed it out with a comb. It looks beautiful and it feels great! I'm really surprised! I am doing this because I've become allergic to most hair products and needed to find an all natural way to get my hair clean and conditioned. I do need the coconut oil because my ends are dry. But it is great to know I don't have to put sulphates and parabens and proteins and silicones etc etc on my hair for it to look good!
I use baking soda about twice a week to exfoliate my skin, just mix it into my usual cleanser, it works much better than branded exfoliators. Also use it every two weeks mixed with shampoo to get rid of residue from styling products from my hair...oh and i use it to wash my hair brushes aswell, just fill the sink with hot water add the baking soda and let the brush soak for 10 minutes. Will definatly keep buying, great product! x
Exfoliates better than anything I've ever used....and at age 53, I've tried everything. Gentle enough to use daily. I keep a tupperware jar in the shower for full body exfoliating. You can't beat the price either.
I have tried so many facialscrubs, Cliniques, No7, St Ives, Origins, you name it! they all worked to some extent but never made a massive difference. Until now! I use baking soda mixed into a paste with some cold water and use that on its own as a scrub and OH MY WORD my skin has never been so great! Pores smaller, less breakouts, scars fading and skin so smooth and soft!! I always use this scrub every night after taking my makeup off to ensure my skin is free from it, and use Cliniques Moisture Surge gel afterwards. I will NEVER go back to using a branded face scrub again! Especially when a tub of bicarb costs me 56p!!! :D Honestly, if you love face scrubs you need to try this!