Chemical peels are nothing new, they have been used by dermatologists in varying strengths for years. Starting in the late 80s, when glycolic acid became "the peel" that derms and estheticians alike provided for their clients (patients), there was a rise in both at home use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)—glycolic acid, lactic acid to mention a few and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) like salicylic acid. Both acids are found in topical treatments in varying percentages of over-the-counter (OTC) beauty products.
AHAs and BHAs are different due to their molecular structure and they was they affect the skin. Even though both acids cause skin to peel, one's skin type and purpose of the peel must be taken into consideration. Alpha hydroxy acids are naturally derived from fruits, milk and sugars, although synthetic man-made versions are common. Well-known AHAs include lactic acid from milk; glycolic acid from sugar cane; malic acid from pears and apples; and citric acid from oranges and lemons. The BHA most commonly used in cosmetics is salicylic acid, derived from willow bark, for it's antibacterial properties.
The Aspirin Mask has been around forever, although Dr. Oz came up with the brilliant idea of adding lemon juice to it. The lemon juice will give your skin a natural boost of vitamin C, further assisting in making this home treatment top notch.
How does it work?
Aspirin is actually a form of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid increases cell exfoliation and helps with discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
What you will need:
4 non coated aspirin tablets
1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Crush up the 4 aspirin and combine with the lemon juice.
Allow the aspirin to dissolve until it turns into a paste like consistency.
Using the cotton pad, apply it evenly across your face, avoiding the eye area.
Leave on for 10 minutes.
Remove with a cotton pad saturated with baking soda and cold water. The baking soda will help neutralize the peel. It may sting a bit when you remove it and this is normal.
Follow up with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin.
Do not use if you have Reyes syndrome.
Please use common sense when using this treatment. If it is burning or irritating your skin remove it immediately.
Always apply sunscreen after using any type of salicylic acid, since this will make you more sensitive to sun exposure.
Please note: This does not replace a professional treatment, but it will help with minor breakouts and congestion of the skin. It will also help soften and brighten your skin. If you are experiencing severe acne please make an appointment with a licensed and qualified esthetician or dermatologist to have a skin consultation.
Peel recipe courtesy of www.delightedmomma.com
If you are a lazy girl, you can use a pre-made peel which delivers excellent benefits.
Try Dr. Dennis Gross alpha beta® daily face peel 2 part system.
This two-step exfoliating system gives fast and furious refining, without redness or flaking. Can be used daily to reduce the appearance of pores, diminish fine lines, and block-out breakouts. Includes a 30-pack jar of alpha beta peel pad packettes, and a 30-pack jar of neutralizing pad pakettes.