Monday, May 14, 2012

Do It Yourself Honey-Aspirin Facial Scrub Mask

 Super Duper Natural Honey-Aspirin Facial Scrub/Mask

Every week, at least once, I give myself this facial scrub mask. I have very sensitive, slightly dry skin, and it has been changing as I've gotten older. I've tried a bunch of different things, but since so many of them don't work out for me, I hate buying new products, only to have them sting or make my skin tight.

Then I found this tutorial on pinterest, and I have decided I don't need to keep looking for and buying fancy skin treatments.

There are three ingredients. Aspirin. Honey. A few drops of water. Period.
 First the aspirin.

Over the months I have developed a technique that I'm very happy with. I use a small medicine cup, one that comes with cough syrup or children's medicine is perfect.   I put three aspirin in the cup. Three is perfect. It is enough to cover the entire face without waste. Then put two or three drops of water on each pill. I just wet my fingers and drop single drops on each aspirin, just looking to make sure each on is in contact with a tiny bit of water.

Try to use non-coated aspirin, but frankly, I use coated. I just need to let my aspirin soak a little longer, I'm sure. I usually wet the aspirin and then by the time I'm done with my shower, it's ready.
 Here is is dissolved and crushed with a finger tip. It smooshes very easily.
Add honey. I add just enough honey to hit the 1 tsp mark. 
It's in a medicine cup so it's easy to measure. Sorry for the blurry picture, I just wanted you to see that it's not very much honey at all. But it is enough to cover my whole face. The other thing about these measurements is that with three asprin, mere drops of water, and less than a teaspoon of honey, you get a mixture that is stiff enough to not drip off your face. I've tried it with more water and more honey and it can be quite a mess.

Mix the honey and dissolved aspirin together until it is a uniform texture. It will be grainy, that's the scrubbing power.

 Apply to face with a couple of fingers and gently scrub in a circular motion. Avoid your eye area. Then let it sit for a few minutes. 10-15 minutes is fine. This is why you don't want it to be too messy. If it's too liquidy it will drip off of your face and down your elbow. If it's a nice thick consistency, you can go do something instead of standing over a sink or holding a washcloth under your chin.

 You could, say, go browse pinterest. :)

Or watch a favorite princess give an impromptu dance recital.

 Then when that's done, wipe off the mask with a warm, wet washcloth. Rinse. Wipe. Rinse, until all the grains are gone. Your skin will be smooth and soft.

Honey is the moisturizer, the aspirin is the exfolliant.

Aspirin is also good because it is salicylic acid which helps clear the skin and is an anti-inflammatory. Honey also has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. I love honey.

I have never had a reaction to this treatment, even though I often have reactions to facial cleansers and moisturizers that are labelled 'sensitive skin.'

Also, this is natural. No preservatives or anything funky in this facial scrub.

And it's cheap. I like cheap.

Do you have any homemade natural beauty remedies that you have tried and love? This scrub is so simple and easy it's easy to forget not everyone knows about it. As a matter of fact, I didn't know about it until a few months ago, and now I'm a convert.

What beauty secrets would you like to convert people to?


Rachel said...

This looks great! Thanks so much for the clear instructions and images. Im definitely going to try this.

Love your blog! : )

Rowena said...

Thanks Rachel. Glad that it wasn't too wordy.

Cassie said...

I'll have to try this!

I use honey face masks, and my evening facial scrub consists of 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbs olive oil, 3 tbs honey, a few drops of tea tree oil. It works wonders and no need to moisturize. In the morning, all I have to do is simply rinse my face.

I also use the lovely greek yogurt/egg hair mask. Works wonders!

Rowena said...

Cassie, that facial scrub sounds great. The tee tree oil is the antiseptic, right? And it probably lasts longer than the aspiring honey mask, which needs to be used right away or it loses its oomph.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, someone told me about using aspirin to cure acnes I never believed it . So now I will try this out .
Thank u xoxo

Unknown said...

just did this :)

Anonymous said...

Ijust tried this to treat milia around my eyes and it worked great, it has great reduced the bumps. My skin felt so fresh and new, so before I went outside I put some coconut oil on my face and neck. My skin is glowing!

BestKeptself said...

This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Kudos!

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