Skin care wonder: Baking soda

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Teeth-whitening
Drop the idea of visiting a dental clinic to whiten your teeth. Just rub them once a week with diluted baking soda and you’ll soon see a difference.

Exfoliation
As a home-based remedy, dilute baking soda powder with some water and massage your face with it. You’ll be amazed to see how skilfully this concoction clears your pores and removes blackheads, lending you smooth, radiant skin.

Body wash
Add baking soda to boiling water and stir until it becomes pasty. Add a few drops of any essential oil for some fragrance and stir. Leave it for a few minutes to cool down. Congratulations! You’ve just created a great body wash that can not only be used as a body wash to polish your skin at home daily but also as an exfoliator.

Cuticle care
Too much dead skin around your cuticles but don’t have time to get a manicure done? Simply mix equal parts of baking soda and water and scrub your cracked cuticles with it. It’ll exfoliate the dead skin and leave you with soft, smooth hands.

Sunburn cure
Taking a dip into warm water with a cup of baking soda in it will give you immediate relief from the painful sunburn. Alternately, you could soak a washcloth in baking soda water and wipe the affected area with it. It’ll soothe your skin and undo the damage caused by staying in the sun for long.