Simple Aspirin Masks that Exfoliate and Renew!

Aspirin masks are a simple way to improve the health of your facial skin. They are easy to prepare and take very little time to use.

Most people keep aspirin in their medicine cabinets, which makes them super convenient. They help assist new skin cell formation; an important aspect as you age.

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There are many toxic chemicals found in today's beauty products that may cause problems for your skin as you grow older. You'll find that this simple aspirin mask is more effective than many products found on store shelves today. How great is that?

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids

There are two kinds of hydroxy acids; beta and alpha. Alpha hydroxy acids were wildly popular a few years ago and were added to masks, peels, skin creams, and lotions.

AHA's are made from simple sugars found in fruits or milk which contain acids such as lactic and glycolic. Beta hydroxy acids (BHA's) however, are made from salicylic acids, which are found only in aspirin.

Mild acids work by exfoliating the epidermis and removing dead skin cell build up. Those cells are then replaced by new skin cells that lay in wait in the dermis. This is better known as skin cell regeneration. Both are effective acids to use but one type actually penetrates deeper than the other one.

The biggest difference between beta and alpha hydroxy acids is found in their solubility. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble, whereas beta hydroxy acids are oil soluble. Therefore, beta hydroxy acids are one of the best treatments for aging skin because they are able to penetrate and remove oils found deep in the skin’s pores.

Over time, mild acids reduce wrinkles and liver spots, and smooth roughness. With increasing research into what causes wrinkles and the lasting negative effects of sun exposure, their use has grown exponentially.

Beta hydroxy acids found in skin care products work best in a concentration of 1 percent to 2 percent and at an acid pH of 3 to 4. However, prolonged use of beta hydroxy acids can increase sun sensitivity by 50 percent, which is somewhat of a paradox. Aspirin masks may reverse some of the damage caused by sun exposure, but at the same time they make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure. That's why it's a good idea to use them intermittently, and use some type of protection after application, especially when you're out in the sun.

And here's another surprising fact about them. Even though they penetrate deeper into the skin, they are actually less irritating to the skin. This is because salicylic acid is derived from acetyl-salicylic acid, or aspirin.

Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties, and salicylic acids retain most of these anti-inflammatory properties. Despite this fact, aspirin masks can still cause skin irritation. Symptoms include redness, burning, itching, pain, and possibly scarring. People with darker colored skin are at a higher risk for pigment changes with aspirin masks.

Another perk is that beta hydroxy's can help heal existing blemishes faster and more efficiently than some of the top leading blemish products.

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Preparation of Aspirin Masks

Basic Preparation

1/4 tsp. salicylic acid or 3-5 crushed aspirin

Distilled water

Mix the crushed aspirin with a small amount of water to create a creamy consistency. Apply to clean dry skin and focus on the T-zone, forehead, and sides of the nose. Allow it to dry completely. Moisten a small cotton pad or cotton ball lightly with water and begin gently scrubbing the areas covered by the mask, using small circular motions. Finally, rinse with plenty of fresh water. Follow up with a moisturizer. Your skin will be left completely smooth and soft.

There are unlimited versions of this mask. You can add yogurt, aloe vera gel, or honey to the aspirin instead of water. You can also make aspirin masks with oils or moisturizing lotions instead of using water too. This is great for sensitive to dry skin types because it is less harsh on the skin.

Another option is to mix salicylic acid or crushed aspirin into any store bought mask. (clay mask, hydrating mask, or soothing mask). My personal favorite is an oatmeal mask with a bit of crushed aspirin. The combination is less irritating and dries faster compared to plain aspirin with water. The after effects of this mask is absolutely unique, so smooth and clean!

  • If you use powdered salicylic acid, limit the quantity to 1/4 tsp. for the whole face. Too much will burn the skin. If using aspirin tablets, you'll need somewhere between 3 and 10 tablets, depending on the size of the area where you apply it.
  • Do not apply it near your eyes.
  • Don't use aspirin masks too often. Beta hydroxy acid treatments should follow this skin type schedule:

    For very oily skin or for severely blemished skin, use once every three days.

    Normal skin types should only use it once a week.

    Dry or sensitive skin types should only use it twice a month.

  • I have used the aspirin mask several times now and it really does make your skin feel delicious! Its hard to believe that it was so simple and cheap! Smashing up the aspirin with a mortar and pestal is the best method but you can alternately use the back of a spoon to crush the pills. Just takes a bit of time but the results are amazing!

    Aspirin masks are wonderful if you want clearer skin! If you don't have time to make your own, of course you can buy them. You might also consider a chemical peel, for more directed and serious skin care.

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