"Stuff I Like" Sunday: Beauty on the Cheap

You know that bottle of aspirin you carry around for children-induced headaches and cramps and stuff? Well, let me suggest a more effective way to use it: mash it up and smear it on your face.

Nope, I'm not kidding.

For this edition of "Stuff I Like" Sunday, we're looking at the humble aspirin ... as a beauty treatment. I first read about this phenomenon back when I still had time to look good, on a beauty product review/swap site called Makeup Alley (you can read over a THOUSAND user reviews of the aspirin mask here. You have to sign up ... but don't worry, it's free and they don't spam you. Or just Google "aspirin mask" and you'll get umpteen-bazillion results).

At first I was skeptical - people regularly fork over small fortunes for skincare products, and you're telling me that a $2 bottle of aspirin is gonna produce equally miraculous results? But when I tried it for myself, I loved it - and it's still one of the tricks in my (rarely-used, these days) beauty arsenal.

So what do you do? You get a bottle of aspirin - make sure it's the plain, un-coated kind - and wet it with a few drops of water until you can mush it into a paste. Then you can use it as-is (although when it dries, it tends to flake off pretty badly) or you can mix it with another type of face mask, or yogurt, or honey, or moisturizer, or whatever you've got on hand that you don't mind smearing all over your face. I normally use it in the shower, putting it on first thing and letting it work while I stand there ignoring my kids at the door clean the rest of my dirty-girl self.

The aspirin paste is kinda gritty, so it's a great exfoliant. Combine that with the fact that aspirin is made of salicylic acid, which is also an exfoliant (and one of the main ingredients in anti-acne products), and you've got a treatment that makes your skin feel like silk. Like a baby's behind. Like buttah. Not only that, but I find that regular use helps keep my skin clear. No pimples = awesome.

Obviously, if you're allergic to aspirin, don't try this. But then again, if you're smart enough to know you're allergic to aspirin, you're probably smart enough to figure that out for yourself.

Now run along to the drugstore and buy yourself a bottle of uncoated aspirin. And then pass on the beauty savings to your favorite blogger. My address is .... ;)


  1. Well! As a beauty-product-a-holic, I am very glad to hear this about aspirin! How cool is that? You have the best postings - I'm either laughing or learning or both - or shooting coffee out my nose while reading! Some of it is a walk down memory lane (naked children!) and some is just your take on life with your family. Whatever it is, I like it! Keep up the good work.

  2. wow great tip! I am so going to try this! xx

  3. I hopped on over here from Le Musings of Moi and have been laughing ever since. I have no choice but to start following you. Sorry for that. You now have a rabid new fan who needs to get her funny on.

  4. I'm still drooling over the soft cookies from last week, but I'll have to give this a try, too.

  5. I remember doing this on our "spa day" we had years ago!!! I forgot about it!

  6. oooh - I'm going to give this a try for sure! thanks!

  7. I've never heard of the aspirin facial. I've got a wicked case of acne right now--I get it this time every year from the humidity--so I'm going to get myself a bottle of this tomorrow. I make kitty litter facials--I grind up 100% unscented clay kitty litter, add water, and have a clay masque. I also make a wicked salt scrub with salt, olive oil, and an essential oil that leaves my skin super soft. Now I'm experimenting with Dr. Bronner's liquid soap and seeing how much I can do with that. I hate paying extra for beauty products, especially when you can make the equivalent yourself and save a ton. I only wish I could find some make-up other than Clinique that was cheaper and didn't irritate my skin. Oh, well.

  8. Okay, I'm feeling positively mentally challenged. I was like, "This sounds great! I'm gonna try it and my face is gonna look younger and fresher than my kids'!" Until you got to the part where you told me that I shouldn't try it if I'm allergic to aspirin. And then said that I should be smart enough to get that on my own. Because I'm allergic to aspirin, and it did not cross my mind for one second that the stuff that gives me hives when I eat it might actually do the same thing IF I SMEAR IT ALL OVER MY FACE. What makes this all the more embarrassing? I'm a teacher.


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