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by Jenni Wiltz ; Updated July 18, 2017

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You might use baking soda to absorb odors in your refrigerator, and you’ve probably heard that some people brush their teeth with it. But you probably weren’t aware that baking soda is a potential beauty cure-all. In addition to causing cakes to rise, baking soda is soothing to skin and can help calm irritation and improve its texture.

Identification

According to manufacturer Arm & Hammer, baking soda is a chemical compound also known as sodium bicarbonate. Found naturally in carbon-based forms of life, baking soda helps regulate pH. Baking soda can neutralize acidic or alkaline pH levels; after application, it continues to act as a buffer, regulating pH.

Baking Soda for Scars

Using baking soda to reduce the look of an acne scar has a precedent in the field of burn treatment. According to Burton Goldberg, Larry Trivieri and John W. Anderson in “Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide,” baking soda functions as “a mild antiseptic,” working to calm irritated skin. It's recommended for use on second-degree burns, in a mixture with olive oil, vitamin E and zinc. The authors say this mixture helps “promote healing and prevent scarring.”

Baking Soda for Wrinkles

While scientists have yet to weigh in on baking soda’s effectiveness as a wrinkle fighter, it’s mentioned in plenty of home remedy advice columns and websites. According to manufacturer Arm & Hammer, baking soda functions as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells that may be covering up smoother, younger-looking skin beneath. It suggests mixing three parts baking soda to one part water and using the paste as a facial scrub. Regularly exfoliating wrinkles can help to slough away dead, dull, dry skin; although it won’t remove wrinkles entirely, it can encourage cell turnover and reveal an all-over fresher look.

Consideration

The more you use baking soda, the drier your skin may get. According to Michael R. Wiles, Jonathan Williams and Kashif Ahmad in “Essentials of Dermatology for Chiropractors,” long-term use of baking soda as a topical agent can dry out your skin. The authors suggest rinsing away topical baking soda with warm water and immediately applying a moisturizer.

Other Cosmetic Uses

Baking soda can do more than exfoliate and promote scar healing. According to Reader’s Digest “Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things,” you can use baking soda as a natural deodorant and hair cleanser. To use it as deodorant, the authors suggest you dab baking soda under your arm with a powder puff. To strip the buildup that hair styling products leave behind, the book recommends adding a once-weekly dose of 1 tbsp. baking soda to your hair as you shampoo. The authors note that this may lighten your hair, as well as remove any sticky residue from your hair gels, mousses, sprays and serums.

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About the Author

Jenni Wiltz's fiction has been published in "The Portland Review," "Sacramento News & Review" and "The Copperfield Review." She has a bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of California, Davis and is working on a master's degree in English at Sacramento State. She has worked as a grant coordinator, senior editor and advertising copywriter and has been a professional writer since 2003.

Anti-Wrinkle Home Remedies

by Clark Sarullo ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wrinkles are never welcome, and treatments you buy at the cosmetic counter can cost hundreds of dollars. Nature has its own cures for wrinkles as well as many methods to prevent premature aging. Try some of these recipes to give skin a smooth and youthful glow.

Cucumbers

Diane Irons, author of "911 Beauty Secrets: An Emergency Guide to Looking Great at Every Age, Size and Budget," suggests smoothing cucumbers on the face as a remedy for wrinkles. Cucumbers have a pH balance of 5.5, which is the same as healthy skin.

Sugar

Scrub your face with sugar. Sugar contains glycolic acid and is used in facial peels to treat and prevent wrinkles.

Aloe

Aloe has healing properties that prevent and treat wrinkles. Aloe juice can be bought at any health food store, and it can be used as a facial toner.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C dissolved in water prevents and treats wrinkles when applied to aging areas. Vitamin C is a rich antioxidant that protects tissue from damage.

Flaxseed Oil

Apply flaxseed oil directly to areas with wrinkles. Flaxseed oil increases circulation and encourages cell regeneration because of its high content of Vitamin E.

Avocado

Avocados are rich in natural oils and anti-aging vitamins such as vitamin A and E. Apply a mashed avocado to the face for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water for a skin nourishing and wrinkle preventing mask.

About the Author

Clark Sarullo is an experienced professional writer with expertise in natural skin care, hair care, nutrition, stress management, relaxation techniques, fitness and management of various health conditions. Other areas of expertise include personal finance, money management and debt solutions. Sarullo is based in Atlanta and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the College of Charleston.

Pimples & Potassium Alum

by Sharon Perkins ; Updated July 18, 2017

If you suffer from acne, you might have exhausted over-the-counter treatments and don't want to try prescription medications. Acne is common in the teen years and affects around 85 percent of people at some time in their lives, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. You might see potassium alum advertised as an acne treatment, although it's more often suggested as a natural deodorant. Ask your doctor before using potassium alum to treat acne.

Definition

Potassium alum is a mineral found in two forms, a rock form, called kalunite, and a fiber form, called kalinite. Potassium alum is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetics and is also used in manufacturing.

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This mineral acts as an astringent. Astringents dry the skin. Astringents also have a mild antiseptic effect when applied to your skin. Astringents also remove dead skin cells from your skin's surface. Your skin might feel tight or tingling after applying astringents such as potassium alum, according to Skin-care-tips.org.

Effectiveness

If you have very oily skin, an astringent such as potasssium alum might help acne. However, if you do not have excessively oily skin, you should not use astringents because of their harsh effects on your skin, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. If you do use astringents such as potassium alum, dab them only on the oily spots. Astringents, although often used as acne treatments, do not have clinically proven benefits, dermatologist Dr. David Leffel of Yale School of Medicine states in his 2000 book, "Total Skin: The Definitive Guide to Whole Skin Care for Life."

Side Effects

Astringents such as potassium alum can dry your skin too much, causing skin to peel and look dry and flaky. If you have sensitive skin, astringents can cause rashes, redness, burning and irritation. Ask your doctor for the most effective type of acne treatment for your skin.

About the Author

A registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in oncology, labor/delivery, neonatal intensive care, infertility and ophthalmology, Sharon Perkins has also coauthored and edited numerous health books for the Wiley "Dummies" series. Perkins also has extensive experience working in home health with medically fragile pediatric patients.

Top 10 Anti Wrinkle Products

by Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Wrinkles are a revealing and often unwanted sign of aging. As skin gets older, it also becomes dryer and thinner, according to MayoClinic.com. Choosing an effective anti-aging cream that can improve fine lines and wrinkles can be a daunting task as you struggle to separate hype from fact. Many wrinkle creams and lotions are available in stores and online, but only certain anti-wrinkle products may effectively diminish the appearance of lines, creases and other signs of aging skin.

AlphaDermaCE

AlphaDermaCE cream produces a visible reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, according to the website Hubpages. Alpha DermaCE reportedly blocks the nerve signals that regulate facial muscle contracts in much the same way Botox injections do. When muscles are unable to tighten, the skin evens out and appears less wrinkled, notes MayoClinic.com.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream protects and hydrates the skin, notes Hubpages. This anti-aging cream helps support the epidermis, or outer layer of the skin, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Dr. Brandt Crease Release

Dr. Brandt Crease Release contains gamma-aminobulyric acid, or GABA, which is naturally produced in the body as a muscle relaxant, according to Hubpages. GABA may smooth fine lines and wrinkles similarly to Botox injections.

Est’ee Lauder Perfectionist Correcting Concentrate

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Correcting Concentrate for Deeper Facial Lines/Wrinkles can plump up fine lines, according to "InStyle" magazine. The collagen-producing peptides--protein fragments--contained in this wrinkle cream may effectively diminish crow's-feet, forehead wrinkles and lines around the mouth.

Dermavixn

Dermavexin contains fruit extracts, peptides and essential oils to help reawaken collagen and elastin production, notes CompareWrinkleCreams.org. Dermavexin is reportedly a fast-acting cream that can reverse wrinkles caused by the sun and aging.

Olay Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment

Olay Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment contains the vitamin A derivative retinol and the B vitamin niacinamide which may stimulate collagen production, according to "InStyle" magazine. This wrinkle treatment may eliminate crow's-feet, smooth wrinkles and return elasticity to the skin.

Prevera

Prevera is a high-quality wrinkle cream, reports to CompareWrinkleCreams.org. The peptides contained in Prevera are purported to return firmness to skin as they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin while erasing fine lines and wrinkles.

Prototype #37-C

Prototype #37-C contains peptides that can plump and bring volume to your skin, notes CompareWrinkleCreams.org. Prototype #37-C may help decrease fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and skin discolorations.

SkinMedica TNS Line Refine

SkinMedica TNS Line Refine can produce an obvious softening of lines almost instantly, according to "InStyle" magazine. The hyaluronic acid contained in this wrinkle cream can temporarily soften the appearance of deep wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin by holding in moisture.

Tretinoin

Tretinoin, brand name Retin-A, is a prescription cream approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating wrinkles, according to MayoClinic.com. Tretinoin contains a vitamin A derivative that encourages collagen production. Retin-A decreases fine lines and wrinkles, and has a smoothing effects on the skin.

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About the Author

Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.