Aspirin – we all have it in the medicine cabinet but how many have actually tried it on their skin?
Yes, it sounds strange, but I came across an article claiming that aspirin was really great for overcoming some of the most common skin problems.
① Lemon juice has long been used as an ingredient in DIY skin treatments. I have several mask recipes that rely on the great anti-oxidative qualities of lemon juice. It is very rich in vitamin C.
② The juice strengthens the skin, stimulates the production of collagen and can also be used to decrease the prominence of dark spots.
③ Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid will decompose to salicylic acid, which has anti-bacterial qualities. It can also be used as a gentle type of exfoliant.
④ Finally, the baking soda will neutralize the lemon juice and it is mildly cleansing.
I decided to investigate further the claim and guess what I found out – Dr. Oz had actually endorsed an aspirin-based skin treatment. It is supposed to brighten the complexion and make skin flawless… or at least Dr. Oz said so.
The truth is that I have tried some of his other beauty and healthy recipes and they seem to work great. Why not give his aspirin mask a try?
- 4 non coated aspirin tablets
- 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Almond, olive or coconut oil (optional)
- Cotton pads
I also tried variations of the recipe, adding a few moisturizing and nourishing ingredients. Adding honey to the mix made the mask even more beneficial.
You can try adding some kind of natural oil like olive or coconut oil to make the skin treatment better and more suitable for sensitive skin
- Crush up the 4 aspirin and combine with the lemon juice.
- Allow the aspirin to dissolve until it turns into a paste like consistency.
- Using a brush or a cotton pad, apply it evenly across your face, avoiding the eye area.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Next, take some baking soda and dissolve it in water. Dipping a cotton ball in the mixture and use the solution to clean your face and remove the mask. The baking soda will help neutralize the peel. It may sting a bit when you remove it and this is normal.
- Follow up with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.
- Always apply sunscreen after using any type of salicylic acid, since this will make you more sensitive to sun exposure.
TIP: Do this 1 or 2 times a week. (Not recommended for sensitive skin. Might be too drying.) If the paste was flaking off your face, try adding a teaspoon of honey or olive oil or aloe vera to help bind the mixture together.
After trying the lemon and aspirin mask the first time, I felt my skin to be smooth and oil-free. I tried the mask once or twice per week, and I was exceptionally happy with the results.
Keep in mind that the mask is suggested for usage by people with normal or oily skin. Ladies that have dry or overly sensitive skin should refrain from trying these ingredients.