What is Aspirin?
Aspirin is a very popular pain-relieving oral medication that does not require any prescription to buy from medical shops. The scientific name of aspirin is Acetylsalicylic acid. This is basically a chemical compound from the salicylic acid group. Salicylic acid is a well-known ingredient for skincare that works as a mild peeling agent and treats clogged pores and acne-related skin issues. The close relationship of aspirin with salicylic acid adds into its emerging popularity as a home remedy for several skincare issues.
What to Expect from Aspirin face Masks?
# Relief from Clogged Pores & Greasiness
Aspirin is an ingredient that helps to dissolve the sebum causing greasiness and clogged pores on oily and combination skin. This ingredient also keeps facial skin oil-free for long.
# Reduction in Acne Inflammation
Aspirin has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes the big bumps of active acne and helps to reduce the redness due to skin inflammation.
# Pore Shrinking
Aspirin has a peeling and drying effect to the skin. While this can be an issue for dry skin, for oily skin it is like a boon. Aspirin reduces excess oiliness and makes the pores less visible.
# Soothing Effect on Sun Irritation
Sun sensitivity causes irritated reddened skin and blisters. Aspirin, if used topically, helps to reduce the irritation caused by long sun exposure.
DIY Aspirin Face Masks
Here are some super simple DIY aspirin based face masks for every skin type.
Aspirin + Rose Petal Mask for Glowing Skin
Lack of proper exfoliation and accumulation of layers of dead cells on the skin’s surface gives the skin a dull and dehydrated look. The mild exfoliating properties of aspirin work well on such skin types. To prepare this mask finely grind 4-5 aspirin tablets and add ½ teaspoon of dried rose petal powder. Now add rose water little by little to get the paste consistency. Apply it on freshly cleansed face and keep for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with plain water and moisturize well. This mask is suitable for every skin type.
Aspirin + Chamomile Oil Mask for Oily Acne Prone Skin
Aspirin is a bomb ingredient for oily skin. It helps to clear excess sebum from the skin’s surface and from the pores, unclogs pores and reduces the irritating active pimples. Take powder from 4-5 aspirin tablets and mix water to form an even paste without any lumps. Add just a drop or two of chamomile essential oil to it and mix for another time. Apply it on the acne areas or the areas of the face with excess oil secretion. Use purified water for this face mask if you have severe acne-prone skin.
Aspirin + Aloe Vera Serum Mask for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin people easily get adverse reactions from topical skincare products. For them, this gentle mask will work wonders. Crush 2-3 aspirin tablets into a fine powder. Add 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and purified water. Mix until it reaches to the serum consistency. Apply on the cheeks, forehead, and chin and keep for 5-6 minutes. Wash off with plain water.
Aspirin + Rosehip Oil Mask for Mature Skin
Mature skin people often get dull and wrinkled skin. For them, scrubs can be quite harsh. This kind of lightly exfoliating face mask is best for mature skin types. This mask prevents friction-related damage and fights premature aging issues. To prepare this mask to take powder from 4-5 aspirin tablet. Add 6-8 drops of rosehip oil and mix well. To dilute the mask further use almond or olive oil.
Aspirin + Glycerine Mask for Dry Acne Prone Skin
Acne on dry skin can be quite annoying because most acne treatments or acne skincare products are meant for oily skin types. If you have dry acne-prone skin, definitely try this mask. Take 4-5 aspirin tablets and grind them finely. Add a little water and 6-7 drops of glycerine to it and prepare a lump-free paste. Apply this 3-4 times a week and follow it up with a thick non-comedogenic moisturizer.
When to Use Aspirin Face Masks?
Aspirin has light peeling properties and peeling makes the skin susceptible to sun damages. So, using aspirin masks in your daytime skincare is not a good practice. Aspirin masks work best with night time skincare. Its calming actions help in skin repair and rejuvenation during the night and makes skin look fresh the next day.