Hello, I'm Jemima, and I'm very stingy when it comes to spending money.
I feel like there are a lot of DIY beauty recipes where baking soda is the main ingredient. Because it's cheap AF, I figure there's nothing to lose with trying them out, right?
The hack: A mask of coconut oil and baking soda helps remove impurities and smooth the skin.
How to do it: Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a dish, and make sure all the clumps are gone. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil, and mix until it's a thick, runny consistency. It takes about a minute of mashing the oil into the powder with a spoon. I microwaved my oil for about 15 seconds to make it softer, but not to the point where it was warm. Then scrub the mixture into your face for a few minutes, and leave to sit for 10 minutes, before washing off with warm water.
Did it work?: My face felt hella fresh afterwards, and the cleanest it's felt for a while. It was also super soft, though that is probably just from being covered in oil. Even the next day my skin felt incredibly soft and tight. I wouldn't say that this hack is any better than every other store-bought mask out there, but it sure costs a lot less.
The hack: Brushing your teeth with baking soda is supposed to whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.
How to do it: Dip a wet toothbrush in baking soda and use it to brush your teeth, for three minutes. Rise your mouth thoroughly afterwards.
Did it work?: It honestly tasted DISGUSTING. It tasted like I'd gotten dumped by a wave at the beach but forgotten to close my mouth. Salty AF. It also really hurt my sensitive gums, and made them sting. After brushing, my teeth were definitely cleaner, and it was a feeling that lasted for like 12 hours. If I could handle the pain and the disgusting taste, it'd be a sustainable way to give my teeth a deep clean every couple of days. But alas, it was too damn gross for me.
The hack: Applying baking soda to a pimple helps remove its redness and draws out any gunk.
How to do it: Mix a spoonful of baking soda with a small amount of water until it forms a thick paste. I just did it in my hand. Then use a Q-tip to apply to the pimple, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
Did it work?: YES. I haven't had a pimple for MONTHS, so I was just going to skip this hack. But, almost like my skin knew about this article, the beginnings of a huge pimple began to form on my forehead. It didn't have a head yet, but it was red and sore. After applying and washing off the baking soda paste, I was honestly amazed. It had completely reduced in size, wasn't red at all, and had no soreness. By the next morning, it had pretty much gone. THIS IS WITCHCRAFT.