Send spots packing while saving your pennies
The aspirin face mask
Think these 50p tablets are just for headaches and that time of the month? Think again. The great thing about these pills is that they’re packed full of salicylic acid – you might have come across this ingredient in cleansers or acid toners. Basically it works to dissolve all the dirt and gunk in your pores, and breaks the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Crush three to five aspirin in a bowl and mix with a tablespoon of natural yoghurt with a tablespoon of honey (the yoghurt will tighten pores, while the honey moisturises the skin – essential as salicylic acid can be quite drying). Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then wash off with a warm flannel. Repeat twice weekly for a calmer, clearer complexion. Better still? This mask also works well for rosacea sufferers too. (Top tip: If you have sensitive skin, limit it to one or two aspirin.)
The egg white pore tightener
Egg whites work wonders for oily, congested skin – they not have exfoliating properties, but also tighten pores to make them less visible and your complexion less greasy as a result. Separate the egg white from the yolk and beat with a fork – mixing in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (a natural skin toner). Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for half an hour. Run the ice cubes over your face, allow them dry for 15 minutes and rinse off to reveal pure pore perfection.
Put nothing on your skin
A controversial one, but hear us out. Sometimes spots can be caused by skin that’s irritated from using too many products. Stressed skin can produce too much oil, leading to congested pores and – you guessed it – spots galore. Choosing to apply zero products on your skin for a week (aside from your cleanser) might cause your skin to feel dry and tight in the first few days, but over time it will balance itself out and your sebaceous glands will regulate themselves. Think of it as a skincare ‘detox’ (this writer has tried it herself and believe us, it works). And if you can manage to cut down on sugar, dairy and alcohol in the meantime, your skin will look all the better for it.
Top tip: If you’re suffering from chronic spots and acne, try taking cod liver oil supplements once a day. This will calm the inflammation and again, reduce the oiliness that leads to congestion.