Skin Care Tip of the Week *DIY salicylic (aspirin) mask*

Monday, April 9, 2012

A typical professional chemical peel will cost you anywhere from $60-$150 depending on which one you go with and how deep you want to go. I charged $60-$80 to give you an idea.

This week I am going to show you how to make your own at home (very mild) inexpensive salicylic peel using aspirin. This treatment is pretty awesome!

The "Aspirin Mask" has been around forever, although Dr. Oz came up with the brilliant idea of adding lemon juice to it. The lemon juice will give your skin a natural boost of vitamin C, further assisting in making this home treatment top notch.

How does it work?

Aspirin is actually a form of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid increases cell exfoliation and helps with discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.

What you will need:
  • 4 non coated aspirin tablets
  • 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Cotton pads

Directions:
  1. Crush up the 4 aspirin and combine with the lemon juice.
  2. Allow the aspirin to dissolve until it turns into a paste like consistency.
  3. Using the cotton pad, apply it evenly across your face, avoiding the eye area.
  4. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove with a cotton pad saturated with baking soda and cold water. The baking soda will help neutralize the peel. It may sting a bit when you remove it and this is normal.
  6. Follow up with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

Precautions:
  • Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin.
  • Do not use if you have Reyes syndrome.
  • Please use common sense when using this treatment. If it is burning or irritating your skin remove it immediately.
  • Always apply sunscreen after using any type of salicylic acid, since this will make you more sensitive to sun exposure.

Please note: This does not replace a professional treatment, but it will help with minor breakouts and congestion of the skin. It will also help soften and brighten your skin. If you are experiencing severe acne please make an appointment with a licensed and qualified esthetician to have a skin consultation.

If you like the idea of slightly more aggressive treatments that you can do in the comfort of your own home, I also highly recommend the DIY Vitamin C Mask, which is one of my personal favorites!


33 comments:

simplyvonne said...

I first heard about this through Michelle Phan, I did tried it once but I need to do it again adding lemons!

Miss Lindsay said...

I love your VIT C mask - will have to give this a try!

Julia - the Urban Slant said...

Wow! Definitely need to give this a try! Thanks for sharing -- I LOVE all your skin tips!

Lindsay said...

I have got to give this a try, what an awesome recipe! Thanks friend!

Tonia L said...

Awesome! I have a couple of questions...can I used lime juice or can I use lemon juice from a jar if I don't have a lemon on hand?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Tonia- I only suggest using fresh squeezed lemon juice for this mask. Pre packaged lemon and lime juice can sometimes contain preservatives and you have no idea really how fresh it is.

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

Awesome! Love this and will be trying! Anything extra that I can do beauty-wise before the wedding is going into my must try list! XO brynn

Montalvo Country said...

I'm ALL over this one. I love homemade masks! I made one last week using plain greek yogurt and lemon juice. Givei t a try - it makes your skin feel like buttah! :D

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Shug in Boots said...

I do have minor breakouts. But would you recommend this for combination skin?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I've heard of using an asprin like paste for pimples but never knew why it was good for skin. Now it all makes sense!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Shug in Boots- It's a perfect mask/treatment for combination skin!

Melissa said...

Thrilled to have this post! My skin is in need of some help. I'm going to try this tomorrow. Thanks!
xM

Jenna Lee said...

Hi Lindsay! Love this idea! I think my face needs a mask treatment before summer comes. Hope all is well!

Tiffany said...

Why shouldn't you do it pregnant? Just curious :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Tiffany- salicylic acid is absorbed into the skin and it is not safe for a growing fetus. High doses of it can cause problems for your baby. That is why Dr's always so no to aspirin while pregnant.

Natnat said...

Will definitely be trying this! Just curious Lindsay, what is your opinion of Origins skin care products?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Natnat- I have not personally tried Origins so I can not give you an honest opinion, but I have heard great things about it from people who do use it!

brittany kyte created. said...

Hi Lindsay! Does this treatment cause any redness? If so, for about how long does it last?
Thanks!!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

brittany- yes, you may experience a little redness after this treatment. It might last anywhere from 30 min to a hour.

Jamie said...

Hi Lindsay. First off, LOVE YOUR BLOG! Just discovered it today! Secondly, I'm loving all the DIY face masks and treatments. I want to do them allll! My question is..how many times per week should you be doing these natural masks? I don't want to over do it. Also, it would be a cool post if you did what your skincare routine looked like on a daily/weekly/monthly basis!

Anonymous said...

This is great, just after using it once my skin already feels & looks better

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Doing this mask RIGHT NOW! Thanks dear :)

Anonymous said...

wouldnt the aluminum in baking soda fuck up your face? should i use organic baking soda instead?

anniedoc said...

Baking POWDER contains the Aluminum; organic baking POWDER contains no Aluminum, only Cream of Tartar and baking soda.

Baking SODA is purely Sodium bicarbonate -- a very different compound!

[Perhaps you should avoid any sort of home-baking: could "f--" up your and family's health.!]

-- anniedoc

lemon juice said...

Very interesting. I knew lemon juice contained salicylic acid and could be used to exfoliate the skin. But I never considered mixing it with aspirin.

One other benefit of using lemon juice is that it contains vitamin C. I don't believe aspirin has it.

Anonymous said...

Tried this and i love how smooth my skin feels

Anonymous said...

How many times a week is this recommended?

Jennifer Grey said...

Hi Lindsay!
I just found your blog and I love it!
Great information :)

Anonymous said...

If I only have baby aspirin how many should I use?

www.Hypnotic-Conversations-Maker.com said...

Ive heard that vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda are absolutely not good for the facial skin because the PH level is very diffferent from the facial Ph level. I came across a lot of recipes on your blog using these ingredients. I wonder if it is truely harmless to use those ?

New said...

Hello! Can I use midol caplets if I don't have aspirin?

New said...

Can I use midol caplets?

Savee said...

Hi Delighted Momma,

Love the blog! How often should/can I do this mask?

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