We’ve all heard it. We’ve all read about it. By now we all know about the consequences of baking in the sun. I like to think of it as the two dangerous C’s, an evil version of the Chanel logo if you will: Cancer and Creases.

I hate every second of slathering on SPF 45 each morning almost as much as I hate retreating to an umbrella on beach vacations, making me feel like Edward Cullen’s grandmother, but let’s face it, while baking may provide a celeb-worthy tan, it can also wreak havoc on our health.

Baking in the kitchen has it’s downfalls just the same.  Anyone who has done their fair share of cooking knows that often the fastest way to suck the flavor out of vegetables is to bake them; That is until you toss them into a pie which won’t do your blood sugar or your waistline any favors.

Despite this, I am going to give you a reason to bake. Yes, you heard me. Make a break for your kitchen cabinet and pull out the baking soda. Okay, okay, you caught me. I’m not giving you a reason to sun bake, but hopefully, this form of baking will outshine the sun.

Baking soda is primarily known for making batter more buff, neutralizing foul-smelling sneakers, and a slew of other uses. Additionally, its eternal shelf-life makes it the Zeus of all food items. Speaking of powerful men, ever notice the very buff bicep on the box? Just a small visual perk. You might even remember this white powder from chemistry class, where it is referred to as sodium bicarbonate. (Finally, a carb that’s good for you. Sold.)

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While baking soda usually resides in kitchen cabinets, it should be making an appearance in your bathroom cabinet as well. When I was in high school, my mom always knew to check under my bathroom sink when her box disappeared. Add just a bit (a teaspoon) of baking soda to a dollop of any face or body wash.

After mixing the two together, you’re left with a grainy paste that cleanses and exfoliates your skin. If you want to replicate a gentler form of microdermabrasion, just add more baking soda to the mixture. You can even use the paste as a deep cleansing mask by leaving it on your skin for five to ten minutes. Use a warm washcloth to remove the mask and reveal squeaky clean and refreshed skin.

Why bake in the sun, or even in the kitchen for that matter, when you can bake in the bathroom? Baking soda can whip even the soggiest cakes and dullest T-zones into tip-top shape. Let a bit of baking soda make your complexion as impeccable as a Top Chef dessert. What are you waiting for?

Let’s get Cookin’,