Here is a do-it-yourself mask that contains antioxidants and will also help soothe the skin. This recipe contains common cooking ingredients you’ll find right in your own kitchen and aspirin, which you can find at your local drugstore.
Here is a list of the ingredients and the benefits they each give to your skin.
|The most commonly used cosmetic ingredient|
1 packet or 3 non-coated tablets
|Acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) is an anti-inflammatory. When applied to the skin, it will reduce inflammation and can also relieve pain.
I’d strongly suggest getting aspirin in powder form (like BC’s Fast Pain Relief). If you have trouble finding it, ask for an analgesic powder. There are 2 main benefits of using powder aspirin: (1) you don’t have to grind it up or wait for it to dissolve and (2) it contains caffeine, a potential antioxidant for the skin. Using pill-form aspirin is fine too, though. Just be sure to get the pills that don’t have an outer coating on them.
|Olive Oil or Canola Oil
|Olive oil is great for dry skin, is an antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Canola oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use one or the other, or split them half and half.|
|This is a good ingredient for wound-healing, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an antioxidant.|
1. Empty out the aspirin into a small bowl.
2. Mix it with 1/4 tsp of water. If you’re using aspirin tablets, crush and dissolve them with the water.
3. Add 1/2 tsp of oil and mix.
4. Add 1/2 tsp of honey and mix.
5. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, apply it evenly onto the skin.
6. Leave the mixture on your skin for 15-20 minutes.
7. Wash off the mask with water and a mild cleanser.
This mask doubles as a gentle exfoliator. The granules of aspirin work to slough off the surface layer of your skin.
If you have very sensitive skin, or just don’t want to exfoliate, add more water to the mask ingredients and mix it together until there aren’t any granules anymore. You can also heat up the ingredients to melt the aspirin. You’ll get a smooth mixture that doesn’t exfoliate as much.
The ingredient quantities are enough for one use. Don’t keep the mixture for later use–it will start to grow bacteria and you don’t want that on your face. Make the mask from scratch each time.
It’s that simple! A great soothing antioxidant mask that takes 1 minute to make and that can also double as an exfoliator.
If you make this at home, let us know how you like it!
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