Dissolve 2 And Call Me In The Morning

While I’m killing time before the mark. “big fall book” preview information launches (yes, yes I know!!!), I thought I would share a couple of the most awesome DIY skincare treatments I’ve ever learned!

Aspirin Mask

Aspirin masks are very simple. All you really need is some uncoated aspirin. I went to Big Lots and got a bottle for a dollar. I drop 3 or so aspirins into a little cup, and add a little hot water. The water dissolves the aspirin into a paste. If you add too much water you’ll be left with aspirin-water, which can be used as a toner. I am doing a mask, so I only use a little water to turn the aspirins into mush.

Now, you can spread this mush on your skin and use it straight as a mask, or you can mix it with things to make your own skincare problem solver. I usually use it straight because adding things to it does dilute it, but I want to also recommend mixing in a little dollup of a kaolin clay mask. Aspirin masks have a tendency to flake off your skin easily when they dry, and adding some clay mask helps the aspirin stick better to your skin. You would also then get all the benefits of a clay mask on the spot, too. Another popular ingredient to add to aspirin masks is aloe vera gel (only use 100% pure clear, dye-free aloe on your face!).

Leave the aspirin mask on your skin for around 15 minutes. I sometimes do them longer (up to 30 or so), but it really depends on what works for you. When it’s time to remove it, just wipe it off with some warm water, then use your regular moisturizer.

What does the aspirin mask do for your skin? I find it very much reduces inflammation and swelling on those ouchy under the skin blemishes. I only use the aspirin mask as a spot treatment, and never more than every other day. Using aspirin masks frequently may cause dryness or irritation. Some recommend only doing one treatment every week. Like the duration of your masking, it just depends on what your skin can handle. For first timers, I recommend once a week. If you think you need more, you can work up to it.

Honey Mask

Well this one is pretty simple. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used for dry, flakey skin. All you do is smear honey on it, and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. However, be careful….it drips! It’s a sticky, gooey mess and you will look like your face is melting off, but it really does soothe angry dry skin quite well. This is great for when you are blasting blemishes with highly potent treatments and you end up frying your skin. Honey also has antiseptic properties– great for skin!


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