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Kitchen Beautician: Spruce Up Your Beauty Routine with Baking Soda

Written on February 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm , by

That little orange box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda ($3, drugstore.com) isn’t just for your favorite cookie recipe or absorbing funky smells in your fridge anymore. It’s actually a super-convenient (and inexpensive) way to give your beauty routine a boost. Here are some new ways to use it.

Exfoliating manicure & pedicure:
The next time you go to change your polish, try this: make a paste with three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply it to your hands and nails or feet and legs and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse clean with warm water and paint away.

Hair detoxifier:
Nix product buildup in your hair by sprinkling in a quarter-size amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.

Natural deodorant:
Dust Arm & Hammer (the handy shaker version works best for this) under your arms or in your shoes as needed to feel fresh all day.  The baking soda neutralizes acids and bases to remove odors rather than just covering them up.

Soothing bath soak:
Ease tired muscles after a long day at the office or a tough workout by adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your bath—when combined with water, it’ll soften your skin and sooth mild irritation like a sunburn or bug bite.

Brightening mouthwash:
Make your pearly whites sparkle by adding one teaspoon of baking soda to a ½ glass of water and swish the solution around in your mouth (being careful not to swallow) and rinse.


Senior Editor Bethany Gumper’s DIY Nail Art!

Written on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 am , by

Bethany's beautiful two-toned manicure!

When Senior Editor Bethany Gumper came by our desk showing off her DIY nail art, we had to share: The dual-toned mint green and purple manicure is perfect for late spring/early summer, and looks intricate but is super-easy to do. She modified these simple instructions from Julie Kandalec, a celebrity manicurist in New York City in our May 2012 “Nail It!” feature:

  • Paint on two coats of a base color, like mint green, and let your nails dry.
  • Using an accent color, such as lilac, swipe two more coats over half of your nail.
  • Finish with a topcoat for shine and staying power.

Tried-It Tuesday: A Sweet Treat For Your Skin

Written on January 10, 2012 at 10:16 am , by

I’m a sucker for anything sweet (who isn’t?!), so when I heard about this DIY body scrub that promises to make your skin bright and healthy, I had to try it. The verdict: It works and smells amazing! Best of all, it’s made of simple ingredients you’re sure to have stashed in your kitchen:

½ cup of brown sugar
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of honey
A few drops of water

Mix ingredients in a bowl, rub all over your skin in the shower, then rinse. Store in an airtight container for future use. Pretty sweet!

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern