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Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 My name is Kassie and I’m a chronically ill 28-year-old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty and green living. I write about natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends. I'm also an animal lover and believe beauty should be cruelty free. I'm a proud cat mommy and vegetarian.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself. I like to keep my posts as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy!

I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let’s talk about Sodium Bicarbonate…

Wait, what?

Baking soda!

Yes, the same baking soda that you probably have hidden somewhere in your kitchen, or maybe even hiding behind some condiments in your refrigerator.

Baking soda can be used for beautification purposes in so many different ways. It's an incredible multi-tasking product and a definite beauty staple for everyone. It was originally used strictly for making bread rise, and has since been used for toothpaste, laundry detergent, carpet cleaning, fire extinguishing, easily accessible heartburn medicine, and a dozen other things.

How can you use it?

Shampoo - Sometimes the products that we use in our hair (hairspray, gels, serums, volumizers, etc.) can build up on our scalps and leave hair looking flat and dull. Using baking soda as a shampoo can remove all of the build up and make hair fresh, vibrant, and shiny. All you have to do is take some baking soda and mix it with a small amount of water to form a paste and rub it into your scalp, then rinse. You can also mix some baking soda into your regular shampoo or a clarifying shampoo. Depending on your hair type you can do this once a week or once every other week, it's important not to overdo it. Make sure to condition afterwards.

Facial exfoliator - Since baking soda helps balance pH, it's completely safe to use on your delicate facial skin. Wet your face and make a paste with baking soda and water and massage onto your face, moving in small circles. Avoid your eye area, as the granules are too harsh to use on the thin skin surrounding your eyes. This will leave your skin free of dead skin and will also clean your pores. Your face will feel soft and smooth afterwards. You can definitely do this too often, so only do it once a week.

Body exfoliation - Just like the facial method above, baking soda is a really great all over body exfoliator. You can mix it with your usual body wash and make an exfoliating body wash. Focus on your dryer areas and it will help smooth them out.

Pedicure - I rub my feet with baking soda to remove the tough skin that forms when I wear flip flops and heels. I just get my feet wet and rub the baking soda on them. It makes my feet nice and soft.

Detoxifying – Pour some baking soda in the bath tub for a skin softening and detoxifying treat. The sodium draws toxins and impurities out of your skin to leave your body feeling fresh and clean.

Dry Shampoo - No time to wash your hair? Don't worry! All you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda in your hair, focusing on the root area. The baking soda will help absorb some of the oil and leave her hair fresh and bouncy.

As you can probably tell, baking soda is one of those beauty pantry staples. It's incredible for beauty purposes! Try it out today!

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You forgot deodorant

Add a small pinch to the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water and combine. Apply to clean underarms. Will keep you smelling sweet for most of the day.

Keep in mind that it doesn't contain the harsh chemicals of most deodorants. You may need to freshen up in the evening.

posted by Christy Maurer

Great ideas! I never heard of some of these.

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