Baking Soda and Orange Juice Facial Mask for Blackheads

Baking Soda and Orange Juice Facial Mask

Banish pesky blackheads and tighten skin with this facial mask!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Gently massage into skin
  • Let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

How to Remove Sunless Tanner

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At some point or another when using sunless tanner, you’re going to have an ut-oh moment and need to get the stuff off…pronto.  (Hey, it happens to the best of us!)  Whether you want to remove your sunless tanner because it looks orange, or it looks like someone attacked you with a paint roller brush and you have streaks from here to there, or just because it’s started to fade unevenly….fret not, it can be removed!

Here are your options (and in some cases they don’t work miracles the first time around so give them another go if that’s the case):

Baking Soda and Lemon

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Combine the two ingredients and mix well until a creamy paste forms.  Apply it to your skin and let it sit for a few minutes and then gently scrub and wipe it off using a cleansing cloth/wash cloth.

Lemon and Sugar

  • 1 cup raw/coarse sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice

Combine the two ingredients and mix well until a paste forms.  Apply to skin and let it sit a few minutes.  Massage into skin and scrub away that sunless tanner.  Rinse with water.

Baby Oil

Cover your body in baby oil and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse.  (This won’t remove your tan but it will lighten it).

Exfoliating Mitt and Lemon

Pour some lemon juice onto an exfoliating mitt and start buffing your skin with it

Take a Long Bath

Soak in the bathtub and take a bubble bath for 20 minutes.  This will “loosen” the tan.  Scrub after soaking and your tan should wash right off.

Hair Removal Cream

Apply hair removal cream to the area(s) and wipe it off.  (Hair removal cream…not hair bleach)

Helpful Sunburn Remedies

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Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

 

Aside from the common “apply aloe vera gel” to soothe a painful sunburn, here are a couple more useful and very helpful remedies that you should keep in mind when you are looking for sunburn relief!  (And better yet, most of the stuff you probably already have in your kitchen!)

  • Add 1 tsp. baking soda into a quart of cool water and apply the mixture with a washcloth to the sunburned areas
  • Apply aloe from an aloe plant
  • Apply grated potatoes to sunburned skin  (The starch from the potatoes helps to soothe and cool)
  • Add black or green tea to bathwater (or apply tea bags to affected area)
  • Apply egg whites for an instant cooling sensation
  • Apply vinegar to prevent peeling

D.I.Y. Bath Fizzies

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Make your own bath fizzies at home….perfect for gifts!

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 6 drops food coloring
  • 6 drops essential oil (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the food coloring); break up any chunks
  • Pour 1 cup of the powdered mixture (from above) in a bowl
  • Fill spritzer bottles with water and 6 drops each with food coloring
  • Spritz the powder mixture with the colored mix; stir after each spritz
  • Spritz until the consistency has become tightly packed or has begun to mold together
  • Add the essential oils to the mixture; mix
  • Transfer the mixture into small molds (whichever shapes/styles you prefer)
  • Let set for 2 hours; carefully and gently remove from the molds
  • (Do this process for each different color fizzy you decide to make or do everything at once if using only one color)

Swimming Pool Hair Remedy

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Treat your hair to this rejuvenating hair mask perfect for after swimming!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 up lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. mild shampoo

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients: mix well
  • Apply to wet hair and gently massage into scalp and hair
  • Let sit for 30 minutes (putting a shower cap on is even more beneficial)
  • Rinse with water and wash as usual

D.I.Y. Minty Toothpaste

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Create your own mint flavored toothpaste with this d.i.y. recipe!

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. glycerin
  • 16 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract (you can always add less to start and add more later if not minty enough)

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well till it forms a paste consistency that resembles toothpaste
  • Transfer mixture to a container for storage

D.I.Y. Sunburn Relief Remedy Lotion: Cool Peppermint

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Nobody likes a sunburn…they don’t look good and they certainly don’t feel good!  Give your sunburnt skin some relief with this cooling peppermint lotion!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 drops peppermint oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well until a thin texture forms
  • Apply to the sunburned areas as often as needed

Baking Soda Hair Rinse

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Rinse away impurities and dirt from your hair and leave it looking shiny and healthy with this hair rinse!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup warm water

Directions:

  • Add the baking soda to the warm water; dissolve
  • After shampooing hair, apply the hair rinse
  • Gently massage into hair and scalp for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Relaxing Foot Soak for Callused Feet

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Give tired and callused feet a break with this relaxing and softening foot soak!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda (for each gallon of water you use)
  • Water

 

Directions:

  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to each gallon of water you use (1 gallon water = 1/2 cup baking soda); mix well
  • Let feet soak in water mixture for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up with lotion

Common Household Items That Double As Beauty Tools

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Many people don’t realize that many common household items actually double as beauty products which can save you when you’re in a bind.  (Not to mention they can save you money too!)

Below is a list of some household items that can double as beauty tools.

Baking Soda = Deodorant

Deodorizes under arm odor as well as dries up sweat.  Simply pat a thin layer on your armpits and the baking soda will do the rest!

Pepto-Bismal = Facial Mask

The bismuth subsalicylate that is found in Pepto-Bismal is also commonly found in face creams.  Applying a couple teaspoons of Pepto-Bismal and leaving it on your face for 15-30 minutes leaves your face soothed and calm.

Conditioner = Shaving Cream

Conditioner works better than regular soap when it comes to shaving.  The conditioner will soften your hair which makes it easier to shave and also leaves your legs feeling super smooth and soft.

Advil Liqui-Gels = Zit Zapper

Open an Advil Liqui-Gel capsule when you have a pesky pimple and apply it to it.  The gel will instantly reduce the swelling.

Milk of Magnesia = Face Mask

Milk of Magnesia works wonders to keep your skin looking smooth, clear and youthful.  Simply apply a thin layer to your face, let dry and wash off.

Baby Powder = Shampoo

Baby powder is a cheap and simple tool at removing grease and oil from hair.  Simply massage a small amount onto your roots and give it a quick blast from your blow dryer.  This allows the powder to absorb oils leaving your hair looking clean and oil free.

Cucumber Juice & Baby Oil = Makeup Remover

Add a couple drops of cucumber juice and baby oil together to create your own makeup remover that’s quick, easy and gentle.

Olive Oil & Baby Oil = Mascara Remover

Combine a couple drops of olive oil and baby oil to create your own mascara remover.

Potato Juice & Lemon Juice = Blemish and Dark Circle Reducer

Combine a couple drops of potato juice and lemon juice and apply to blemishes or dark circles.  This mixture will help to reduce both.

Tomato Juice = Pore Reducer

Applying tomato juice to skin and leaving it on for 10-15 minutes helps to reduce the appearance of large pores.