Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

In my never ending quest to fix my current skin woes I read a tip yesterday to add in a little baking soda to my cleanser for a good gentle exfoliation. The week before my own boyf asked me if we had any of this stuff in as he had an ulcer in his mouth he wanted to dab it onto, it apparently heals them really fast- I had no idea this stuff had so many uses. I have used it previously used it to soak up moisture on damp stained leather, to take away a bad smell in our fridge and to unclog our drains, but these recent tips made me want to find out more about this tub of wonder which you can pick up in any supermarket for next to nothing.

Using many different names such as baking soda, bicarbonate of Soda, cooking soda and bread soda, this salt has been used since Ancient Egyptian times as a cleansing agent. Nowadays it is predominantly used in baking, for making dough rise but I have also learned it has a wide range of uses when used correctly:

1.If you are having problems with build up in your hair from products, you will love this trick. First wet hair thoroughly, now add 1Tbl spoon of Baking soda to a Clarifying Shampoo of your choice. Work this mixture in from root to ends. If your build up is severe, repeat this step or leave on hair for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse well and condition. Your hair will be left feeling clean and super shiny.

2.Add to your face wash to balance your skins PH and help clear acne. First moisten a gentle face towelett or sponge, dip it in a dish of baking soda, add a squirt of face wash and gently begin massage into your face. Avoid eye areas of course and do not press to hard. If you first rub into forehead with clock wise circles, working your way down to cheeks and chin, start again at forehead and go "Counter" clockwise. This will rejuvenate old dead skin cells, clean pours and leave your face clean, oil free and fresh.

3.To soften Calloused feet and hands you will need a large bowl, Body gel, nail brush and a half a cup of Baking soda. Put 1/4 of a cup of Baking Soda into the large bowl, saving the other 1/4 for later. Now add warm water and place your feet in. This is very refreshing and also help get rid of nasty odors. Soak feet for at least 10 minutes. Mix a spoon full of body gel and baking soda and rub on your foot. Add the same amounts and put on your nail brush and scrub heals, toes and ball of your foot gently. Repeat on other foot. You will have soft invigorated feet.

4.Run out of toothpaste? Brushing with Baking soda is a sure fire way to help ward off Gingivitis and tartar, adding a bit of peroxide is a great whitener. First for a general brushing you can just dip your wet brush into the baking soda and begin brushing. To super boost you regular brushing put your regular paste on your brush and then dip in the Baking Soda. I do this with a whitening toothpaste a few times a week.

5.Deodorant time, baking soda is a key ingredient in many alternative deodorants, I read that an easy and quick method is just to use an old make up brush and brush some direct ot the arm pits after showering to soak up excess oils, moisture and odors, keeping you fresh and dry all day.

Much Love,



  1. thanks love - a lot of those never heard of - the whole teeth thing i did - but never actually tried ..

  2. call me crazy but i totally swish this stuff around in my mouth from time to time and it's a great whitener!


  3. Wow I had no idea you could do so much with it! Thank you!

  4. It's so funny that this is your top tip this week- I've been waxing lyrical about this stuff all week after using it on my mosquito bites! If you add just enough water to make a paste and put it on your bites then it draws all the toxins out in around an hour or so- gets rid of the itch and swelling too!
    Didn't realise how many other uses it has though!... thank you my wee beauty guru xxx


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