Aspirin, as we all know is the stuff you pop into your mouth to reduce fever.
However, because it contains Salicylic acid (which is a BHA, beta hydroxy acid), it also has the ability to penetrate deeply to unclog pores, effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal! If you’re looking for natural mask which is particularly effective in maintaining healthy, finer, smooth, and vibrant looking skin, this is it!
Dont second guess me — I’m not having a fever!
This is truly one of the best budget DIY mask during my younger days!
What you’ll need?
– A couple of uncoated Aspirin* tablets.
– A few drops of tap water, alternatively Cetaphil for a better hold.
– (Optional) Aloe Vera gel/Honey/Tea Tree oil, etc…
* I am using Bayer’s brand. Uncoated tablets are preferred for an easy crush.
^ These are “enhancers” suggestions for various skin conditions. (i.e.: AV gel for soothing/Honey for moisturising/Tea Tree oil for acne-prone skin)
(1) Preparation: I prefer this ‘plain’ most of the time — basically by placing 2 tablets on my palm, add 1-2 droplets of water. (they break up real easy in contact with water, so a little goes a long way — also, a runny paste wouldn’t hold well on face & risk inhaling or gets into eyes!) Wait for a few seconds, allowing the tablets to absorb the water before crushing it with your fingers. If required, add a few more droplets of water — now you should have a grainy paste.
(2) Application: Slowly apply the grainy paste on your face; avoiding the eyes, nostrils and mouth areas. Leave it on for about 3-5 minutes (max. 10 minutes as they can be a little drying). Wet your palms with warm water and in gentle circular motion, give your face a scrub before washing off the residue!
– Ran out of scrub? Why not double this use as an exfoliator?
– Nasty zit, but big night out? Here comes the rescue! Use this to soothe and reduce the appearance of zits. It also allows better application of make-up!
– It can be drying — use sheet mask to regulate your skin’s moisture thereafter.
Disclaimer: (i) Always consult the medical professionals, your doctor or dermatologist before trying if you are unsure about it. (ii) Just to be on the safe side; take note of these, even thou’ using Aspirin topically:
- DO NOT use! If you are allergic to Acetylsalicylic Acid, which is the active ingredient in Aspirins.
- Avoid using if you are pregnant/nursing (except under the advice of a doctor) — as accidental inhale/consumption might occur.
- Not for use in persons under the age of 16 (unless directed by a doctor)
— as it might cause Reye’s Syndrome. Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Aspirin is an anti-coagulation drug (thinning of the blood) — therefore, DO NOT use it on a daily basis even topically (I wouldnt recommend it using it more than twice a week). As the saying goes, moderation is the key!