Yogurt Aspirin Mask

Girliness Alert: Do not read if you deplore vanity, are a guy who washes your face with shampoo or your hair with soap, or all three.

My new favorite schmutz to put on my face - the aspirin mask. Aspirin is actually a beta-hydroxy acid, from what I understand, a very effective type of salycilic acid. The mask is quite gentle, and after using it once a week for only two weeks my skin feels softer and my pores are visibly a lot cleaner. Other folks who typically use fancy-schmancy products extol the aspirin mask.

You shouldn't use it if you're allergic to aspirin, sensitive to milk products, if your skin reacts badly to salicylic acid, etc.. Otherwise, it's worth a try!

Here's my recipe:

5-6 lightly coated (or uncoated*) aspirin
plain organic yogurt
organic honey

Mix a dollop of honey into a few tablespoons of yogurt. Grind aspirin in a coffee grinder (preferable, but you have to have a grinder that you don't use for coffee), or smash it into a powder with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon. In a small bowl, mix enough of the yogurt/honey mixture into the aspirin powder to make a paste that will adhere to your skin, about the consistency of cold cream. Apply to face, leave on about 10-20 minutes.

* edited * (thanks to a comment at notmartha) - if you're using uncoated aspirin, there's no need to grind. just drop the aspirin into the yogurt and wait for them to dissolve!

Posted by jess at March 10, 2004 1:44 PM

Oooh, I love trying new beauty tricks. Yay for girlie alert!

Posted by: vanessa at March 11, 2004 12:52 AM

I would run home and whip up a batch of this right now, except I ate the last of my plain yoghurt for dinner last night!

Posted by: karissa at March 11, 2004 2:54 PM

in a pinch, you can also use other things as a base - some people apparently use straight honey. one woman on that message board said she mashed up kiwi and used that. that might sound intriguing to you - it did me - but then i just ended up eating the kiwis... i guess we had a similar problem ;)

Posted by: jess at March 11, 2004 7:32 PM

In regards to the above comment:

I use Eucerin lotion as a base.

At first, I was afraid to try this mask, thinking it would make my combo/dry skin even worse, but it's actually made it much smoother with no irritation or drying.

hoorah for dollar store asprin.

Posted by: jill at March 12, 2004 6:02 PM

Wow, this is super! My girlfriend Brittany just made this and it's all over my face now. I Googled for "aspirin mask" before trying it, and came up with this webpage.

Everyone raved about it, so I decided to give it a try. Brittany says she's so lucky to have a boyfriend that likes doing facials with her -- what do you think?

Posted by: Marshall Sontag at April 6, 2004 11:09 PM

Doh! I see you already linked to that page, jess.

Posted by: Marshall Sontag at April 6, 2004 11:10 PM

yup, brittany is pretty lucky to have a boyfriend willing to get goopy with her... but then, you are pretty lucky to be a guy that will do it - am i wrong?

i convinced my boyfriend chris to have a facial with me a few weeks ago and afterward he couldn't stop staring at how clean the pores on his nose were. he said it was nice, but he wouldn't do it again for another six months. there is no logic to his unwillingness to do it more often aside from his absurd fear of being a man who gets a facial on a regular basis.

marshall, you must talk to him ;-).

Posted by: jess at April 6, 2004 11:15 PM

Well, I don't know if there's much I can say to him. Maybe he just needs a metrosexual support group. (Just kidding!)

Anyways, the mask made my skin feel great! I wanna do it some more!

Posted by: Marshall Sontag at April 18, 2004 12:38 PM