5 DIY Aspirin Beauty Treatments
Here at The Primping Press, we love DIY products, especially when they do more than just make your skin smell yummy (yeah, we’re lookin’ at you, mango…). That’s why we’re obsessed with aspirin, and we want you to be, too! (Unless, of course, you have an aspirin allergy. Then we definitely do not advise you to become obsessed.) Not only are these little pills good for soothing headaches and collecting dust in your medicine cabinet, they’re also great for fixing a ton of common beauty ailments. Check out our five favorite aspirin DIYs, give ‘em a try, and let us know what you think!
(Tip: Crushing aspirin for these tricks can be a slippery ordeal, especially if the pills are coated. Try placing the aspirin in a lipstick cap to steady it, then mashing the pill with a lip gloss or concealer tube.)
1. Dandruff treatment. Dandruff is annoying, unsightly, and down-right show-offy. Luckily, aspirin can take the edge off of scalp sprinkles, thanks to salicylates, an active ingredient found in both aspirin and medicated dandruff shampoos. Crush four aspirin tablets into a fine powder, dissolve the powder into 1/4 cup warm water, and pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Lift sections of hair and spray the solution all over your head, focusing on the scalp. Let hair sit for 10 minutes before showering. Repeat this treatment before every shower until flakes clear!
2. Hair color booster. Too much summer swimmin’ can make hair a dull, brassy mess. (Waah, waah.) Remove chlorine discoloration from locks by dissolving ten aspirin in a medium-size bowl of warm water and soaking strands in the solution for 15 minutes. (We sit on the floor and put the bowl of water on a chair behind us, so we can lean and soak at the same time.) Rinse thoroughly and shampoo/condition as usual.
3. Sunburn soother. Aspirin is a known anti-inflammatory that, when taken orally, directly combats serious sunburn pain receptors. For quick, topical relief to soothe the sting, crush up 5-10 aspirin (depending on the size of the burn) in a shallow bowl, and add a few tablespoons of cold whole milk to make a runny paste. The fat and pH in milk act as a natural anti-inflammatory, while the cold temperature reduces swelling. (Psst: You’ll want to sit in a bathtub for this next part.) Soak strips of gauze or a thin washcloth in the solution and lay the cloth on your burn for 10 minutes. Repeat until stinging subsides!
4. Cold sore remedy. Cold sores suck, plain and simple. If you’ve never had a cold sore, thank your lucky stars. For the rest of you, try this trick to stop mouth monsters in their tracks. At the first sign of lip tingling, add a few drops of water to two crushed aspirin to make a thick paste. Dab the paste on the area and let sit for 20 minutes. (Tip: For added effects, swap water for tea tree oil, a sworn-by remedy of many cold sore sufferers.)
5. Complexion calmer. A redness-reducing face mask is probably our favorite use of aspirin—and we’re not alone! From Dr. Oz to the best of the beauty bloggers, mega support for aspirin masks has made these tiny pills a staple in skin-concerned communities. Not only does aspirin calm acne-angry skin through its anti-inflammatory powers, its active ingredient is also chemically comparable to salicylic acid, meaning bye, bye breakouts, hello smooth(er) skin!
To make your own pre-bedtime mask, crush five aspirin into a very fine powder. Spend a little extra time on this step, as larger chunks have jagged edges that microscopically tear your skin’s delicate surface. Add one teaspoon of water and one drop of any creamy or moisturizing face wash (we like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser). Stir to form a loose paste, pat the mixture onto damp skin, and let mask sit for 6-10 minutes (For those with dry skin, wash off near 6-minute mark). Carefully splash water on your face to remove the mask, taking care not to irritate skin by rubbing or scrubbing. Finish by applying a rich face cream to combat any dryness or flaking. (Tip: Skin may look red at first, so apply the mask at night before bed!).
Primp on, folks!
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