Is THIS Amazing Ingredient Missing from Your Natural Beauty Routine? Plus Natural Skincare Recipes

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Is THIS Natural Ingredient Missing from Your Natural Beauty Routine? Baking Soda for Natural Beauty.

Do you need to spend a heap of money to have natural beauty?

Nope!

Strategic marketing tells us we need the most expensive products on the market to nourish our skin. Companies infer that we can’t fight oily skin, acne or wrinkles without their latest innovation.

The truth is, beauty care is a multibillion dollar industry that comes with more than a monetary price.

 

Watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group, continue to provide evidence that many of the chemicals found in today’s beauty care products are carcinogenic, estrogenic and hazardous. (check out EWG’s Skin Deep Database for more.)

But—-can we really keep our skin healthy and beautiful with all natural ingredients?

Absolutely!

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is one of the most beneficial and versatile compounds when it comes to our skin.

It’s also cheap and readily available.

What exactly IS baking soda, anyway?

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a salt. Once termed saleraturus (latin for aerated salt), baking soda is derived from the mineral natron found in mineral springs.

Baking soda has a pH of 8, which is close to the 8.0 pH of sea water. (Washing soda has a pH of 11 which is too harsh for skin, but effective for cleaning.)

Wondering how to use baking soda in your natural beauty regimen?

Baking Soda Uses for Natural Beauty

1. Tooth powder

Store bought toothpastes contain numerous additives such as triclosan, fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate. Baking soda, in combination with sea salt, makes an outstanding tooth powder.

Concerned about possible abrasiveness of baking soda? All toothpaste must be tested for abrasivity. Baking soda has one of the lowest scores with a rating of 7, while Crest has a rating of 95. See a list of RDA ratings here.

Would you like to try tooth powder with baking soda? View and print the recipe found in the article “Why I Stopped Using Toothpaste.

2. Deodorant

We all want to avoid smelling like sweat, especially when we’re out. Unfortunately, conventional deodorants contain questionable ingredients like phthalates, triclosan and aluminum. Since lymph nodes are present in high numbers in and around the armpits, it makes sense to seek out a more natural approach.

Because of its alkaline nature, baking soda has the ability to neutralize unpleasant acidic odors. This is why a box of baking soda works well in the fridge. The same principle applies to perspiration. Baking soda neutralizes the acidic compounds released in sweat. Homemade deodorant can be as simple as baking soda sprinkled under the arm. Or you can combine it with arrowroot powder, herbs and essential oils for an effective deodorant powder. See “How to Make Deodorant Powder.”

3. Bath salts

Baking soda added to bathwater helps neutralize the acids on the skin, resulting in softer healthier skin. When you add sea salt and/or Epsom salts, your bath becomes a relaxing, rejuvenating and detoxifying experience.

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4. Microdermabrasion

Do we really need to spend a fortune to exfoliate our skin? Esthetician Stephanie Tourles offers a refreshing perspective in her book Organic Body Care Recipes. Tourles offers a recipe that she says rivals high end spa treatments,

“It’s safer and won’t ever leave your skin red or irritated, because of gentle hand application. If this treatment is used on a regular basis, your skin will achieve almost the same results as mechanical microdermabrasion, without having its protective shield compromised.”

 

{From Adrienne: Isn’t this great?  I love these fantabulous ideas.  And now I can continue to purchase those embarrassingly large bags of baking soda at Costco :).  

I’m ready to start trying all of these out–to save money and be more naturally beautiful!}

Are you ready to save money and nourish your skin?
Do you use baking soda in your personal care?

Andrea Fabry - A woman dedicated to detoxifying her family for health's sake.Andrea is a former journalist and the mother of nine children ranging in age from 28 to 12. Following a toxic mold exposure, Andrea and her family discovered the wonders of natural living. Andrea is the founder and president of momsAWARE, an educational organization designed to empower others to live healthy in a toxic world. You can follow her family’s journey at It Takes Time. She is also the owner of Just SoNatural Products.

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  1. Thank you Andrea! I just started making my own tooth powder (sometimes a paste with bentonite clay). I love using baking soda. Thanks for the great post.