Ed. Note: Once again, my darling Marsi, has something fun and fascinating to tell us, another one of those, “who knew(?)” value-added posts she so beautifully writes.
I suspect my dermatologist would approve.
I love aspirin.
It’s a miracle worker for headaches, body aches, fevers, hangovers. It’s a blood thinner, cuts your risk of certain types of cancers, and can even save your life when you’re having a cardiac event. I love that it’s cheap, effective, and can be found everywhere. But did you know that you can also use this brilliant little workhorse as a facial mask? Let me explain.
Aspirin a concentrated source of salicylic acid — which skincare nerds in the crowd may recognize as beta hydroxy acid. Beta hydroxy acid is a gentle exfoliant that works in the deep layers of the skin to “unglue” dead cells that lead to clogged pores and dullness. It appears in anti-aging and acne treatments to bring radiance and clarity to the complexion.
But if you have aspirin in your medicine cabinet, you can experience that radiance and clarity right now, without even buying another skincare product. You’ll need:
- 5-6 plain, uncoated (non-enteric, that is) aspirin tablets
- A few drops of water (I like rosewater, which is such a lovely toner)
- A dab of something to bind the aspirin to your skin, such as honey, aloe vera, or plain yogurt
Dissolve the aspirin in the palm of your hand with water. Add your binder and mix into a thin paste. Apply to your skin, lie down on your bed with your feet up the wall, close your eyes, and dream of Paris for 10 minutes.
(You can really cover a lot of territory in 10 minutes if you set your mind to it!)
Remove the mask with a damp cloth, and finish with your serum and/or moisturizer as usual.
Voilà. Smooth, impossibly soft skin … for pennies! It’s one of the very best, and certainly least expensive, beauty tips I’ve ever learned. Try it; I’d love to know what you think.