Skin Care

10 amazing beauty benefits of baking soda

Our hands have to bear the brunt of cold weather, damp, sunshine and handling harsh chemical products. Keep your hands clean and soft by gently washing them with bicarb. It'll also spruce up your nails!

Our feet, like our hands, get put through the mill. Killer heels, tight shoes, standing up for long periods... Dissolve around 50g of baking soda in a bowl of warm water and soothe your tootsies by soaking them for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bicarb is great for dealing with indigestion thanks to its antacid properties. Dissolve a teaspoonful in a glass of water and drink after a heavy or rich meal. Added tip: if you've been on a bender, it'll help with any post-boozing acid reflux.

Baking soda neutralises nasty whiffs. You can use it as a deodorant by patting it onto your armpits, as well as dusting your feet or shoes!

An exfoliating baking soda face mask will leave your skin fresh and baby-soft. Mix 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water. Massage it on using circular movements to remove dead skin cells, leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Easy-peasy!

An exfoliating baking soda mask not only gets rid of dead skin cells, but also unclogs pores, leaving our skin squeaky clean. What's more it zaps spots and blackheads! Mix a bit of baking soda with a squeeze of lemon and apply it to any spots. Leave it to work overnight and rinse off with warm water the following morning.

Tend to get ruddy skin? Itchy legs after taking a bath or shower? Peeling or flaky skin? Common skin reactions if you live in a hard water area. The solution? Add half a cup of baking soda to your bath water! Your skin will feel soft and soothed.

To treat sunburn or minor burns, dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in 25cl of water and apply as a compress. Leave for several minutes. Instant relief guaranteed!

Get a brilliant smile by brushing your teeth with baking soda. You can mix a bit in with your toothpaste, or apply a dab to your toothbrush. But only do this occasionally - over-brushing with bicarb can wear away tooth enamel.

Baking soda, like vinegar, is a great natural shampoo. It deeply cleans hair and gets rid of pollution, sebum and smoke.