Long time, no blog! I’ve been off the grid for a while, but I’m back in action and ready to share some Do It Yourself tips!
Now anyone who knows me, knows I’m in love with Adam Lambert. I think he’s a gorgeous specimen of a man who takes excellent care of himself! Lately I’ve noticed that his skin looks healthy and dewy, and I was wondering what he’s been doing to look so great! On a recent trip of his to the fabulous country of New Zealand, he shared some of his beauty tips and information about products he uses. I don’t believe he’s guarded about sharing his favorite products, but until now we didn’t know a whole lot about his “beauty routine.” You can read the article by clicking the following link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/beauty-news/7828723/In-my-beauty-bag-Adam-Lambert
The one thing that interested me the most is that he says he gets regular facials and uses Epicuren’s Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream. So after researching the product I found that it’s highly reviewed, but pretty pricey for the average Jane or Joe. Also, a bi-weeky facial is not in my budget. So, I did a little scientific research to see if I could create a DIY mask that could deliver than same results as a facial and the excellent cream he uses! Read on, because I think I’m a genius for creating this amazing mask!
Disclaimer: DO NOT use this mask if you are allergic to aspirin.
- 1 acidophilus pill, un-coated
- 2 aspirin, un-coated
- 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 tablespoon of honey
Okay, so before we get started, let me explain how each of these items benefit your skin!
Aspirin – This contains beta-hydroxy acid, which you can actually find in most medicated and over-the-counter acne medications and face washes. This is great for clearing your pores and reducing the frequency of breakouts on troubled skin. It’s also an old-school remedy for bad skin, since I first heard about this from my grandma! I’ll explain how to use it in the directions, but be sure that the aspirin in NOT coated! The aspirin in this recipe will represent getting regular facials.
Acidophilus – When ingested (which is how it is normally taken/used), acidophilus aids in digestion and promotes friendly intestinal flora. In this day in age, we’re constantly trying to avoid bacteria, but acidophilus is a good bacteria. The easiest way to get it into your system is by eating yogurt, however I am not a yogurt fan. So I take a pill every morning so I can get my good bacteria. Also, taking acidophilus in pill or powder form delivers more of the benefits than just eating yogurt. Now, it can be good when applied to the skin since it helps decrease inflammation and reduce the amount of toxins in the skin. It’s also very soothing!
Lemon – This is a natural brightener for the skin and vitamin C has been shown to aid in decreasing signs of aging.
Honey – Honey is a great mild antiseptic for the skin. It promotes new tissue growth and helps the skin hold moisture in. Honey can also improve blood circulation and improved blood circulation means beautiful skin! If you’re uncomfortable using something sticky on your face like honey, you can use a dash of extra virgin olive oil instead.
Place the 2 aspirin and 1 acidophilus pill into a small bowl.
Next, squeeze about 10 drops or so of the lemon onto the pills until they start to break down and dissolve.
Once the pills have broken up enough, mash them with a knife on spoon to make a gritty paste. Like this:
Then add as little or as much honey as you would like. I used about half a tablespoon.
Mix the honey well into the paste.
Again, do not use this mask if you are allergic to aspirin. Otherwise, you’re ready to apply this to your face! I suggest you do so with clean fingers.
I love the consistency of this mask. It’s really gritty so it exfoliates the skin very well. Gently massage it into the skin if you want extra exfoliation. I used the entire mixture on my face and left it on for about 15-20 minutes, or until the mask was dry and tight on my skin. When you’re ready to remove it, just gently rinse it off by the sink or in the shower using circular motions. Afterwards, apply your favorite toner and moisturizer. You can use this mask 2-3 times a week depending on what your skin needs.
This mask is incredibly easy, cheap, and can be made with products you probably already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet! And best of all, it’s super effective! I’m sure Adam Lambert would be proud!
Please be sure to let me know how the mask works out for all of you! I know I’m in love with it!
Until next time,