Wait. Aspirin is a Face Mask Now?
What is the aspirin mask? According to Medical News Today, oh yah!... It's a thing. The aspirin mask is a homemade BHA mask available to each and everyone of us, totally inexpensive and highly efficient, made of salicylic acid or tablets of aspirin. BHA is known to help tremendously with cleaning pores from deep inside and therefore contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free. BHAs are efficient on existing blemishes as well, by helping them heal faster and keeping pores clean afterwards. Indications: all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin. Basic preparation: 1/4 tsp. Aspirin or salicylic acid(ask for it at pharmacy). If you choose aspirin instead of salicylic acid, then crush 3-5 tablets of plain aspirin instead and add distilled water. Mix the powder with the water until it becomes a creamy consistency. Apply on clean, dry skin (focus on T-zone and sides of the nose). Keep it on until completely dry. Take a small cotton pad. Wet it lightly and begin scrubbing the areas covered with the mask, making small circles. Finally, rinse with plenty of water. It would be excellent to apply a calming mask or a hydrating mask first, followed by your regular moisturizer. Skin will be left completely smooth and even. There are practically unlimited versions of this mask. You can add yoghurt for an astringent effect, aloe vera, honey. You can also make the mask using a basic moisturizer mixed with Aspirin instead of water, as it will be less harsh on the skin and will be more easy to use. Another option is to mix your choice of salicylic acid or crushed aspirin into a mask! Try mixing into a clay mask, a hydrating mask, or a soothing mask. My personal favourite is an aloe vera mask with a hint of salicylic acid. I simply think that the application is much better, and the skin is far less irritated and dried compared to aspirin with water. The feeling left after this mask is absolutely unique. It's so smooth and clean! If you use powdered salicylic acid, it is advisable to limit the quantity to 1/4 tsp. for the whole face, too much will burn the skin. If using aspirin tablets, you will probably need somewhere between 3 and 10 tablets depending on the area where you apply it. As with most masks, do not apply it near to eye zone, as it would be extremely drying and irritating for the sensitive skin there. Refrain yourself from over-using it. For very oily skin, and for severe blemishes, every 3 days would be more than enough in order to not stress the skin and still obtain maximum efficiency. Other skin types should use it once a week or twice a month (dry to very dry, sensitive skin).
So, what do you think? Are you a believer? Let us know if you attempt this mask, and what pros or cons you have to add.
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