Baking soda is good for so many things around your home and we don’t just mean for cooking! It’s known to be a natural cleaning agent so is great for sprinkling on carpets to help get rid of bad smells, can be used in the fridge to also get rid of bad smells, can be used to clean jewellery, household objects and more. One of the things you might be surprised to learn is that baking soda can be used in beauty treatments too with many positive benefits and just one of the ways in which you can use it is a baking soda bath.
What is Baking Soda?
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an essential kitchen item that can come in either powdered form or crystalline form. Not just great for cooking, it has a number of other properties to boast about including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial, making a baking soda bath a great way to give your skin a good clean!
Sensitive skin can become inflamed or irritated with overuse of baking soda so it’s always wise to do a ‘test’ patch first – a small patch of skin that you apply a baking soda solution to, at least 24 hours before you plan to have your baking soda bath, in order to ensure you don’t suffer with any negative side effects.
If you experience soreness and irritation, redness, flaky skin or otherwise abnormal and uncomfortable results, you should stop using baking soda on your skin.
Benefits of Baking Soda
When looking at a baking soda bath, you’re primarily looking at it for skin-boosting properties although there are a few more benefits to reap also.
Because baking soda is a natural cleansing agent, it is very good for a real deep-cleanse and can also help to combat dirt and grime making it an effective tool in the fight against acne or oily skin.
If you suffer with acne, a baking soda can be bath can be used to sort body-spread problems, and you can even look at things like a baking soda and water paste applied to the worst affected areas and then rinsed off after a couple of minutes. You should only do this a couple of times per week to avoid drying out your skin.
Not only that, baking soda is a very alkaline substance which also makes it great for equalising the pH levels of your skin. This can come in handy when you have sunburn and at times like this, a baking soda bath can definitely help.
Alleviating the burning and itching sensations by providing instant relief, not only can it be used for sunburn but also skin that has been affected by insect bites and stings, stinging nettles, allergic reactions and more. As always, we advise to perform a patch test first.
If you have uneven skin tone, a baking soda bath can help by exfoliating the dead surface layer of cells away, encouraging the growth of new skin cells. These new skin cells will be healthy ones, pH balanced, and full of hydration and nutrients – just another thing that baking soda can help with.
Of course, being a natural cleanser, body odor is just one more condition you can treat and combat with the help of a baking soda bath.
Not only does the baking soda help to absorb moisture from your skin but it also helps to cleanse deep down into the pores, meaning any bacteria and therefore any smell will be eliminated. It goes back to that antibacterial property it boasts about – it’s great to use in a bath to try and deal with excess sweating or body odor.
If you have itching or skin rashes, a baking soda will again come in handy because of the anti-inflammatory properties present in the powder itself, and it’s this which helps to reduce the swelling you experience, alleviate any stinging or discomfort, and also stops the itching too.
In fact, there are so many problems and conditions that a baking soda bath can help to treat or alleviate symptoms for. It can help to ease the symptoms of a yeast infection, for example, and it can also be used to heal diaper rash in babies and young children. It can help to clean hair, smooth skin and skin tone, exfoliate skin, reduce the discomfort associated with stings and bites, and so much more.
How to Use a Baking Soda Bath
There are a number of ways in which you can use this healing powder in your beauty regime and one of the easiest is with a baking soda bath which can treat problems over your whole body at once as well as exfoliating the old dead skin cells away.
You can fill your bath with just warm water and just add a couple of cups of baking soda to help with conditions such as hemorrhoids, yeast infections, etc.
You can use baking soda and sea salt together to offer double the healing properties. Just like with baking soda, it has been well known for many years that salt offers healing properties, and using one cup of baking soda and one cup of rough sea salt can help to smooth skin tone, exfoliate away dead skin cells, and encourage the new of fresh, new, hydrated cells.
In fact, there are quite a few things you could consider mixing with your baking soda in your bath to offer more beneficial body properties. Mixing Epsom salts with glycerin, baking soda and sea salt can help to alleviate sore and painful joints. Mixing ginger and other aromatherapy oils can also help to promote natural sleep patterns, sooth the mind, or even energize it!