The other day I wrote about the need to exfoliate regularly–at least twice a week. I gave you a tasty little recipe for a lemon juice and sugar exfoilating mini peel that works like a dream.
However, if you are prone to acne, then you’ve likely sworn off of scrubs. I know my oldest daughter won’t consider the thought, now matter how clear her skin looks. But acne prone skin needs exfoilating even more than normal and dry skin because of all of the drying products that are used to treat acne. These drying products cause a huge build up of dry and dead skin that clog pores, which in turn, can make your acne worse. But, what to do if you don’t dig scrubs?
The age old recommendation of taking two aspirin and calling back in the morning comes in handy here, as the perfect way to exfoliate that senstive acne prone skin is with an aspirin mask. This is truly an old fashioned treatment that works modern miracles.
The science behind this wonder mask is simple. Aspirin is made from salicylic acid, which is a potent beta hydroxy acid. We’ve talked about alpha hydroxy acids as exfoilants, but beta hydroxy acids work much better for acne suffers. Beta hydroxy acids are excellent at dissolving the build up of sebum-dried oil-and dry, dead skin that blocks pores. It simple, cheap, and safe.
There are many ways to make a great aspirin mask, and you’re really only limited by your imagination. The base ingredient is the same, roughly 10 uncoated aspirins. That means the plain, old fashioned white ones–no orange coating. Crush the aspirin up very well and dump them into a small container. Add a few drops of water to the aspirin until you have a spreadable paste. Apply the paste to your face and then let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it begins to flake off. Rinse with warm water, and you should be greeted by soft, radiant skin.
Variations on the very basic mask are adding a drop of lavender essential oil to the mix along with the water. Lavender essential oil is a natural antibacterial and promotes skin health. You can also mix the aspirin with plain yogurt, which, like milk, contains lactic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid. Again, the goal is a spreadable paste. Honey can be used as the carrier for the mask, meaning the aspirin is mixed with honey and the gooey mess is then spread on your face.
Aloe vera contains small amounts of salicylic acid, as do strawberries, and they are in season right now, so a strawberry aspirin mask will smell terrific, and add a touch of luxury to your spa experience. Mixing the mask with aloe vera will soothe and quiet your skin while exfoliating. As you can see, the sky the limit, and after using any one of these aspirin masks you can be guaranteed that you will be glowing!
But be careful that you don’t overdose! Twice a week is plenty when using an aspirin mask. Have fun!