Being a Pinterest feind, I've come across quite a few at-home facial treatments and I've found a ton of really great ideas. I basically give myself a facial every Sunday night (while watching Downton Abbey, obvi) and was excited to find a lot of "recipes" using ingredients I had around the house.
I call these Penny Facials because they're insanely cheap. Like, probably a penny. I usually have all the components on hand and they actually work! I see actual results from these facials and it just goes to show that it doesn't need to cost a fortune to look fabulous.
Let's get started! First up:
The Aspirin Facial:
So here's the idea behind the Aspirin Facial. Aspirin contains salicylic acid (which is a beta hydroxy acid) and it's used to fight acne and blemishes. Even at 28, I STILL get breakouts all too often so this is a great facial for me.
Uncoated aspirin easily and quickly dissolves in water and honey acts as glue to keep the facial on your skin and it acts as a natural moisturizer. This facial always makes my skin look like it's glowing! Whenever my skin seems a bit dull and blah, I do this facial as a pick-me-up.
Step 1: Place 2-3 uncoated aspirin in a small bowl or the palm of your hand
Step 2: Dabble your fingers in water and allow about 2-3 drops to roll onto your aspirin. A little goes a long way here. You don't want to water down the aspirin too much or you'll have trouble forming a paste. You really only need just a few drops to help the aspirin begin dissolving.
Step 3: After about 10 seconds, you should be able to mash the aspirin into a dust/paste. If it hasn't dissolved, add just another one or two drops of water to help it along.
Step 4: Drizzle a little honey (I'd estimate 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon) onto the paste and mix to incorporate.
Step 5: You should have a cohesive paste now. Using your fingers, spread the paste on your face, avoiding the eye area, and gently massage as you apply. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
I generally do this facial 1-2 times a week but you could easily do it every other day. It's never caused me any irritation but you may want to test a small patch of skin first to be sure it doesn't bother your skin.
So give it a shot and let me know your thoughts!