Skin Care Tip of the Week * DIY Milk of Magnesia Mask*

Monday, January 30, 2012

This weeks skin care tip might seem a little strange but as strange as this may be...it works!

I recently heard about Milk of Magnesia as a topical mask from a fellow esthetician friend of mine. She has beautiful skin and told me she used it when pregnant to help reduce the extra oil and congestion she was having. I am having the same issues so I rushed to Target to pick up a little bottle. This has been a serious skin saver...not only on my face but I have been applying it on these annoying little bumps on my arms that I only get while pregnant and it has been drying and clearing them up!

What is Milk of Magnesia: It is a liquid saline laxative. When taken orally it works by drawing water out of the colon.

How it benefits oily skin: It works the same way as a clay mask and draws out excess oil of the skin. Milk of Magnesia is a little bit more gentle than clay and a great option if you are more on the sensitive side.

DIY Milk of Magnesium Mask:

  1. Shake bottle before starting to make sure all of the active ingredients are mixed together.
  2. Pour about 1 tbs of Milk of Magnesia into a small container.
  3. Apply to face (chest or back) with a cotton pad or a facial brush.
  4. Leave on for 20 minutes and remove using lukewarm water and a soft washcloth.
  5. Make sure you follow up with a light moisturizer.

*This mask is only recommend for oily/acneic skin. Do not use if you have dry skin.

You can find Milk of Magnesia at your local drug store. I only recommend using the original non-flavored formula.

Depending on how oily your skin is you can do this 1-4 times per week.

32 comments:

Briana said...

I am breaking out ALL OVER THE PLACE and it's not cute... I might just have to try this one!

Some for the face. Some for the colon. Perfect for a pregnant woman. :)

Pretty Things said...

I've heard of this before, but can't find the non flavoured version over here :( so sad

http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.com/

xxx

Erin Reissig said...

DUDE! I totally get those little bumps on my upper arms. They're so annoying! I'm going to go get some of MoM after work today.

The Annessa Family said...

VERY interesting idea! Clay has always been too rough for me!

Brooke
www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

sherri lynn said...

Who knew milk of mag could benefit your skin?! I'm having dry skin issues right now so this really isn't for me but so interesting!

Lindsay said...

That is so interesting! What a great idea! And we have some of that around my house, score!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

Hey, I can totally do this. Easy peasy! Adding this to my grocery list :)

Meghan Goheen said...

Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I will totally give this a try.
Meghan
http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Thanks for the tip, I would have never thought of it!

Alexa said...

Had no clue this was good for your skin too!

Amy said...

I tried this a couple times when I was younger. I can't remember if it ended up helping my skin or not but it was neat!

Brenna said...

Thanks, I've been wanting to do a mask, but afraid that it will bother my sensitive skin! So, I'll give this a try!

Melissa said...

I love this tip and can hardly wait to try it on my skin!
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Thanks for all the great tips!

ohkeeka said...

Okay, I need to try this. I have THE worst skin ever--it's both dry and oily. Ugh!

Katie said...

Your blog is great! Thanks for all the amazing tips. I was wondering what you meant by a "facial brush?" Are these different from makeup brushes or paint brushes, or would something like those work as well? Thanks!

Heather said...

So interesting! Who knew?! I'm having the opposite problem... my skin is SO DRY :(

Tabitha Mahoney said...

I already tweeted you but I saw this on Rue Pauls Drag U, BTW that shows hilarious lol

How are you and baby?

Tab

Terry said...

Who would have thought?!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Katie- You can find a soft facial brush at your local beauty supply store...or a soft(clean) makeup brush will also work great.

Felicia said...

Okay friend... never knew this was a beauty product! Haha! You're just awesome! Love you!!

Ashley said...

Do you know what those arm bumps are called? I think I have them too...

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ashley- I believe it is Keratosis Pilaris. It's so strange though because they only pop up when I am pregnant. There is a TON of home remedies you can do for them but this has really been helping clear them up.

Erin said...

Who would have thought?! How cool!

Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said...

This is incredible...goodness, I wish I knew about it when I was pregnant...tip for the next time? But why wait!! :) I'll be trying this diy for sure!

momto8 said...

your kidding?!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Say what???? This is the best thing I've heard today. Now need to get me some!

Katie said...

Great! Thanks!

Ashley said...

I would love a post on how to get rid of the bumps! My dr said they were keratosis pilaris, and I have had them since I was a kid (I even have them on my cheeks). I'm 22 now and he said they should go away as I get older, but I'm still waiting for the day they disappear! I would love a post on remedies for them!

Thanks!!!

Future Mrs. K said...

This sounds like something I should try!! Maybe I'll just take a "mud bath" in this stuff!

Anonymous said...

I'm almost 60. We used to do this years ago. When I was in my 20's, this was 'the' mask to use. It works great!

Stacey Brister said...

Yes! My father taught me this secret in the early 80's; he's actually been aware of the benefits of MOM for acne /oily skin since he was a kid. He's 72 now! I remember it really did help clear my skin up quickly, and didn't leave any marks behind. Too bad I had forgotten about this remedy; I've been struggling with adult acne for years. Thanks for the reminder! I've already got it on my face :) It doesn't sting at all, it's soothing. Definitely worth a try for anyone who's dealing with acne! As long as it isn't contradicted for some reason. Good Luck All! Happy Day :)

Stacey Brister said...

Yes! My father taught me this secret in the early 80's; he's actually been aware of the benefits of MOM for acne /oily skin since he was a kid. He's 72 now! I remember it really did help clear my skin up quickly, and didn't leave any marks behind. Too bad I had forgotten about this remedy; I've been struggling with adult acne for years. Thanks for the reminder! I've already got it on my face :) It doesn't sting at all, it's soothing. Definitely worth a try for anyone who's dealing with acne! As long as it isn't contradicted for some reason. Good Luck All! Happy Day :)

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