How are you all doing today?
Yesterday was the first day I was able to venture out to the great outdoors and not look like the Michelin man as we had the most brutal arctic cold for seven days.
Since many of my Followers are suffering from acne lately, I thought I would offer you an efficient and inexpensive way for fast relief as close as your medicine cabinet.
Aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which helps to reduce inflammation and redness, making breakouts less noticeable and less painful. It also exfoliates dry, tired blemish-prone complexion.
Just mix the over-the-counter medicine with three ingredients (you may already have them)! Use it as a resurfacing paste, or leave it on for about five minutes as a mask. No matter how you use it, you’ll see brighter, softer, more luminous skin.
- Four or five uncoated, plain Aspirin pills (Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, and the like won’t work)
- A tablespoon or two of lukewarm water, or a couple of drops of unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar instead of water to dissolve the Aspirin if you are experiencing a more aggressive acne day
- Honey or plain yogurt (optional)
Mix the Aspirin with just enough water to make a paste. If you want a thicker mask, then add a dollop of honey; if you prefer a more soothing mask, then some plain yogurt can do the trick.
Apply the mask in a thin layer on your face, then allow it to dry for 5-7 minutes. Remove it with warm water, rinsing away the mask in gentle circular motions.
January is the perfect playground to experiment with home ingredients, so give this mask a try next time you want to exfoliate your skin as well as banish acne for good.
Important note: Some people are allergic to aspirin, so try a patch test on your forearm before spreading this all over your face. Do not leave the mask on for longer than 10 minutes. Aspirin can thin blood, which may have adverse effects as the aspirin gets absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin. It may not cause ulcers, but it is certain that having so much of Aspirin in your bloodstream is not good.
Sending beauty vibes! 💋
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Photo credit; Barbara Plavin for Zoltan Tombor in Marie Claire Hungary