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Baking Soda Beauty Tips

by beconrad

Whether you are looking for a way to make your skin firmer and younger looking or the secret to a healthier lifestyle, the answer may be as close as your pantry or refrigerator. Baking soda is a staple of most households, but this miracle powder can do far more than keep odors out of your fridge and round out your favorite recipes.

Many people do not realize that baking soda has some important benefits for your body and your skin, and once you learn about its powers you will want to pick up a couple of extra boxes on your next trip to the grocery store. Baking soda costs far less than cosmetics and other healthy solutions, but it is just as effective. Here are some great ways to utilize baking soda beauty as part of your everyday health and skincare regimen.

Clean Your Teeth the Natural Way

Commercial toothpastes are full of artificial and potentially dangerous chemicals, from sweeteners to thickeners to dyes. If you prefer to take a more natural approach to caring for your teeth, just reach for the baking soda.

Mix baking soda and warm water until it forms a thick paste, then apply it to your toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally would. The tingle you feel is the baking soda doing its good work, and your teeth will feel clean and fresh for hours.

Keep Your Fingernails Clean and Well Manicured

Farmgirls all too often have farmgirl hands. Dirt under your nails? Grimy hands? Just reach for some baking soda beauty to keep your fingernails clean and beautiful. Add a small amount of water to a dish of baking soda, dip a small nail brush in the solution, and gently scrub around your cuticles and under your fingernails.

When you are done scrubbing your fingernails, you can use the same solution to gently exfoliate the skin on your hands. Gently rub the solution on your skin in a circular motion to remove dead skin and leave your hands looking and feeling better than ever.

Scrub Your Skin Clean

Baking soda is the perfect base for an all-over scrub, and your skin will feel fresh and re-energized when you use it. Simply mix one part plain ground oatmeal, three parts baking soda and one part water to make the exfoliating scrub, then rub it gently over your body in a circular motion.

Let the scrub on your skin for 10-15 minutes until it dries, then wash it off with warm water. This inexpensive and easy to make body scrub will leave you feeling like you just got back from the spa.

Remove Your Makeup with Ease

Removing makeup and other facial products is not always easy, but you do not have to buy expensive preparations to get the job done. Just mix up a paste of baking soda and water and use a soft brush to apply it to your face.

Allow the paste to dry, and then wash your face thoroughly with warm water. You will feel your pores opening up right away, and your face will feel better than ever.

Remove Hair Product Build-Up

Even the mildest shampoos and conditioners can leave a harmful buildup behind, but removing it is as simple as adding baking soda. Just sprinkle a quarter-sized dollop of baking soda into your palm the next time you wash your hair, add your favorite shampoo and mix it all together.

From there you can simply wash your hair as you normally would. The baking soda will help remove any existing buildup from your hair while preventing additional residue from taking root. Your hair will feel fresh and clean, all without spending money on expensive hair treatments.

From making your hair shinier and healthier to giving your face a radiant glow, baking soda can do it all. Just pick up a few extra boxes of this all-around cleanser and explore all the great things baking soda can do.

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Making (Make)Up Is Not So Hard To Do

Making you own makeup sounds daunting, but if you want a simple natural look, why not try a few of these delicious recipes? You can use your home made or bought essential oils as well.

SOLID PERFUME

Beeswax is so useful for so many things, and it makes a great solid perfume that you can take with you so you can refresh your signature flower scent any time.

Melt one quarter cup of beeswax over hot water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and allow to cool. Put a small amount in a pretty cream container or pillbox and keep the rest in the fridge.

To make it more interesting, try a blend of oils to create your own signature perfume – like roses and violets, freesias and lily of the valley.

SIGNATURE SCENT

To fill a spray bottle with your signature scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a mixture of equal parts witch hazel and glycerin. Shake well and keep in the fridge for a refreshing spritzer.

FRAGRANCE SACHETS

Carry your signature perfume over to your clothes and lingerie. Mix a cup each of lavender buds and rose petals with a quarter cup of orris root powder (available from craft shops) and use to fill small muslin or cotton sachets. Store them in your lingerie drawer or hang from coat hangers to keep a beautiful fragrance around you all day.

BASIC LIP GLOSS

The most basic lip gloss recipe of all is simple Vaseline. To this base you can add a variety of ingredients, or you can start from scratch and make your own.

Melt a tablespoon of beeswax by placing in a clean glass jar and placing it in hot water until it is soft. Add a tablespoon of Almond oil and mix thoroughly with a small wooden spatula.

That’s it! Now you can begin to create your customized lip gloss…

  • Want your lips to taste fresh and minty? Add just a couple of drops of peppermint oil.
  • Want your lips to taste romantic and perfumed? Add rose, jasmine or other flower oil to your liking.
  • Want your lip gloss to have color and fruity favor? Add the juice of mulberries or blueberries, enough to create the amount of color you desire.
  • Want your lip gloss to soften dry lips? Break open a Vitamin E oil capsule and tip in the contents.
  • Want your lip gloss to cure cold sores? Infuse a cup of Lemon Balm (Melissa) leaves in enough Almond oil to cover the leaves and put in in a warm dry place for at least five days. Strain the oil, add a few capsules of Vitamin E oil. Add a teaspoon of the oil to your basic lip gloss.

Keep your finished lip gloss and your Melissa Oil in the fridge. They won’t last forever so just make small amounts as you need them, and if they get left out and smell rancid, make a fresh batch.

But you can take your lip balm with you on dates, just put a small amount in a pretty little pill box.

GLITTER UP

If you love the look of glitter make-up, it is easy to make your own using the basic lip gloss recipe. Add the contents of about six Vitamin E oil capsules as well, so that it will be good for your skin.

Melt one quarter of a cup of beeswax in a large clean jar over hot water. Add one quarter cup of almond oil and mix well. As the mixture cools, add in glitter of your choice…tiny sparkles, stars, moons…

You can tint the mixture with blueberry or mulberry juice, and add fragrance with the essential oil of your choice. Keep it in the fridge and use as required.

The most exciting thing about making your own fragrance and make up is its uniqueness. Soon you’ll be turning heads with your own special, indefinable brand of beauty!

More to read: A Lip Smackin’ Lip Balm!


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