ASPIRIN. Everyone keeps a bottle around for occasional aches and pains, but it can also act as a super-effective face scrub. Intrigued? Read on.
ASPIRIN® is one of the most commonly used medications in the world. If you’re like most folks, you’ve got a bottle of plain ASPIRIN stashed somewhere in your home.
Common uses for ASPIRIN include, but are not limited to:
- fever reduction
- mild aches/pains
- prevention of strokes or heart attacks
But did you know that plain, uncoated ASPIRIN, when prepared correctly, can make for an extremely effective skin treatment? It’s true! ASPIRIN masks are simple to prepare, totally economical, and come through in a pinch. You may never go back to your usual scrub once you’ve tried this.
Caution: Those that have sensitive skin will want to use caution when applying ASPIRIN topically for the first time. Additionally, those that have an allergy to ASPIRIN should avoid this treatment.
What makes ASPIRIN masks so effective? ASPIRIN contains salicylic acid, the main ingredient used in many commercial skin products. Another aspect that makes ASPIRIN effective as a scrub is a fine texture it takes on once dissolved – much more gentle than standard scrubs available most everywhere.
What are some of the benefits of using the ASPIRIN mask? Smoother/softer skin lightened acne scars and reduced fine lines (with continued use), decreased redness, less oil, diminished blackheads.
What will I need to make an ASPIRIN mask?
- 5-6 plain, UNcoated ASPIRIN (very important – coated ASPIRIN will not dissolve nearly as well)
- a few drops of water
- a moisturizing element such as honey, jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, or extra virgin olive oil
- (optional) a commercially made facial mask which will better help the ASPIRIN adhere to the face
- a sturdy bowl in which to dissolve and grind up the uncoated ASPIRIN
- a tool with which to grind up the soft ASPIRIN tablets
- your regular facial cleanser
Preparing the ASPIRIN mask
- In the sturdy bowl, add 3-5 drops of water to each ASPIRIN tablet. Wait several moments for each tablet to become soft, then use the grinding tool to mash up the partially dissolved ASPIRIN as thoroughly as possible. Less grinding will result in rougher ASPIRIN pieces which will lead to facial irritation. If needed, add a few more drops of water to the ground up ASPIRIN to create a fine paste.
- Mix in the selected moisturizing ingredient -or- add a dollop of your regular facial mask. Either will help the ASPIRIN stick to your face rather than flaking off too quickly.
- Apply the mixture to your face whilst taking special care to avoid the eye area. Please note: If a piece of ASPIRIN should find its way into your eye, it will sting like nothing else. Drop everything, wash your face, and flush out your eye as thoroughly as possible. Whether or not you proceed is completely up to you.
- If you have successfully applied the mixture to your face without incident, leave it on for at least 5 minutes, but no longer than the time it takes to dry thoroughly.
- Once the mask is ready to be washed away, you may want to use a bit of water to refresh the mask. Adding a small amount of water will help the mask to become soft enough to move around on your face. You may also wish to add your cleanser to the mix – now would be a good time. Rub the remains of the mask in a gentle, circular motion for a good minute or so. Your regular cleanser will help to simultaneously remove the mask and boost its cleansing power. Once again, be very careful to avoid the eye area.
- Rinse your face very, very thoroughly. Start with warm water, but be sure to finish with a few splashes of cool water. The cool water will help to close the pores.
- Dry your face by patting it with a towel and always follow up with a good facial moisturizer, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side.
This treatment is best done before bed or on a “lazy day” when ample time is available in case any sensitivity issues should occur. If your face should become red due to sensitivity, try:
- aloe vera
- cooled herbal tea (chamomile in particular)
- cucumber slices
- plain yogurt
- plain oatmeal in water
Anyone of the above should be able to reduce any redness or irritation that could possibly be caused by the mask. Use them to soothe sensitivity, or use them as a moisturizing bonus.
Once you have finished treating your face you will discover a much smoother, more radiant complexion.
Limit further treatments to once or twice a week, leaving at least a few days between treatments (depending on your skin type). Remember: a little bit goes a long way.
Also, please remember to use sunscreen on your face daily, especially following a treatment since your face will be more prone to the harmful effects of the sun. Once again: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Good exfoliation and moisturizing is the key to maintaining youthfulness well into retirement age.
If you have enjoyed the benefits of the ASPIRIN mask, take advantage of the hidden benefits of other everyday household items – you will be pleasantly surprised!
*Special Note – If you have an ASPIRIN allergy, please avoid using this treatment. The superb results are not worth the possible health complications. Don’t feel left out if you can’t use this mask; there are many excellent alternatives you can use as a substitute to ASPIRIN.
Suitable substitutes include:
- plain white sugar
- sea salt
- baking soda
Mix and match ingredients to come up with your own personal, 100%-perfect-for-you treatment for every “face case”- mega-zits, oiliness, random dry spots, or sunburn. The possibilities are truly endless!