Home-made beauty products made with baking powder should be avoided as they affect the PH of your skin and can create numerous dermatological problems.
What Is Baking Powder?
Baking powder, a substance that is used similarly to baking soda because it contains it, is a mixture of carbonate and an acid. It was invented during the late 19th Century with the purpose of being used for increasing the volume of dough during baking, and thus making it risk-free in terms of will the baked goods come out a success or a failure. To put it simply, it is used instead of yeast and helps speed up the process of food preparation. Baking powder also contains starch, which is there to prolong the shelf life of the product.
Using Baking Powder on Your Face
It may come as strange that anyone would even think about putting baking powder or any other food ingredient on their face, but the truth is: a lot of people do. In today’s trend of creating a healthy lifestyle that is often also budget-friendly, using home-made remedies and beauty recipes is slowly becoming the norm. People experiment with sugar, coffee granules, different types of oils, like the most popular coconut oil that seems to be the solution to anything.
Internet, as the main source of information, is filled with ideas, DIY projects and even special websites and application dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. Numerous YouTubers have had their careers made on advice given on how to create something out of nothing. This is why it comes as no surprise that people, in search of the recipe for the never-ending youthfulness and perfect, soft, wrinkle-less skin, are prepared to put just about anything on their face.
Although baking powder is not ‘’just about anything’’ to put on your face, as you could go much worse, it is not something that would be highly recommended to use as well, although there are a number of recipes containing this ingredient, too. Even though it seems like most reviews on its benefits for the skin are so positive, it is difficult to restrain from trying it out, it would be best to consult a dermatologist first, just so that you are sure you won’t be doing your skin any serious damage. It is your face, after all.
One of the uses of baking powder in the home-made beauty world is as a facial scrub, as it has the texture of finely grounded granules, making it a bit harsh on your skin, but effective at really getting deep into it. If you mix a bit of baking powder with water and then rub it on your face and your nose, it will feel smooth afterwards, and some of your black heads might seem eliminated.
Another idea is to make an exfoliating face mask by mixing baking powder with honey, applying it onto your face and waiting until it hardens. These exfoliating methods will seem attractive to a lot of people because it is really cheap, especially in comparison to real face masks and face scrubs found of the market.
Also, because some face scrubs are becoming illegal as they contain little plastic granules in them, that never dissolve and so find their way to the oceans, where they kill little fish that eat them. All that data is triggering more and more people to find eco-friendly, budget-friendly and above all, effective ways to still care for themselves.
However, not everything everyone is using makes it safe or good in the long run. Just like some medicine need generations to prove that they cause no serious side-effects, new methods also take time to show how effective they are. Baking powder, although effective in its mission to scrub the dead cells from your face, can actually throw your PH balance off, and thus cause some other skin issues. It is also so effective, it can in fact irritate your skin.
That is why it is best to be careful using baking powder on your skin, and maybe try out a different but equally effective home-made recipe you can be sure can do your skin no harm.