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Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:32 pm      Reply with quote
I was thinking about using a few aspirin in a few drops of water and using that as an exfoliator. What other options are there? I've heard about using salt as well, is that good? I want something cheap and just gets the job done Smile I am tired of chemical filled cleansers and store brand exfoliators and I believe nature has the cheapest, best, and most effective solution Smile.
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:52 pm      Reply with quote
you can also add some yogurt (lactic acid), and/or honey (humectant), and/or sugar (gycolic acid) into your aspirin! it's cheap... but effective!! Wink
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:17 pm      Reply with quote
daydreamingda wrote:
you can also add some yogurt (lactic acid), and/or honey (humectant), and/or sugar (gycolic acid) into your aspirin! it's cheap... but effective!! Wink

Wow, thank you so much! Those are actually some good ideas, I never knew about sugar being a glycolic acid

I just found this:

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Glycolic Acid for Acne

When using glycolic acid for daily skin care routines, it is often combined with salicylic acid. While glycolic acid breaks up dead skin cells, salicylic acid encourages their removal from your skin surface, opening pores and leaving skin feeling smooth and revitalized.


So sugar plus aspirin (aka salcylic acid) is a great combination!

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/ls_glycolic.html
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:46 pm      Reply with quote
u can use some yogurt or honey to "glue" them together... that will be easier to put on your face! Wink
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Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:21 am      Reply with quote
Just curious why would someone make an exfoliator when they are so cheap to buy am I missing something
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Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:29 pm      Reply with quote
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xx, lots of people use baking soda mixed into cleansers, oils, cetaphil, castile soap, whatever. Very fine grains, slow dissolve...

You could also try a microdermabrasion cloth.


I am honestly unsure about whether sugar actually exposed the skin to glycolic acid. GA is related to sugar, but sugar-water isn't acidic as far as I know.

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Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:00 pm      Reply with quote
I have used Burts bees green goddess mask with my crushed up uncoated aspirin before with great results. I have also used the aspirin with just water as a nice polish. I tried it with honey once and although it made my skin soft, the next day I was so oily. I never thought of mixing it with sugar before, going to try that next. I would like to try yogurt too.
Exfoliaters and masks are so cheap. I have used a bunch over the years..But, I can get more for my money with better results with the plain Aspirin. Aspirin has salycic(sp)acid in it. Everytime I use it my skin just glows!
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Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:29 pm      Reply with quote
I recommend Baking Soda Wink
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Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:33 am      Reply with quote
Jira wrote:
I recommend Baking Soda Wink


I would be very careful of using baking soda, unless you plan to add something else to balance the ph level. Below is an example of PH levels, and one of my favorite threads on this forum that discuss the importance of balancing PH levels for healthy skin. http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=18360&highlight=application


Some pH examples:

pH 1 battery acid - (acid extreme)
pH 1.5 -2 = Gastric (stomach) acid
pH 2.5 = Cola soft drinks
pH 2 = lemon juice
pH 3 = vinegar
ph = 3.5 Orange Juice
pH 4.6-5.5 = healthy skin
pH 5.5 = rain, (pure water, when exposed to the atmosphere, will take in carbon dioxide, changing its pH)
pH 6.5 = milk
pH 6.5 – 7.4 = Healthy Saliva
pH 7 = pure distilled water - (this is Neutral pH, neither acid or base)[/color]
pH 7.35 – 7.45 = human blood
pH 8.5 = baking soda
pH 9 = Sea Water
pH 9.0-10.0 = Hand Soap, detergents
pH 10.5 = Milk of Magnesia
pH 11.5 = household ammonia
pH 12.5 = household bleach
pH 13 = lye (sodium hydroxide, or Draino)(Alkaline or Base extreme)

I would also be very careful of using sugar, aspirin, salt or any kind of crystal as a physical facial scrub; the irregular shapes could cause damage to delicate facial skin. As a chemical exfoliator, however, they may help although I'm not sure how much glycolic acid is actually derived from sugar either. Hopefully someone else may be able to contribute to this.

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Athena

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Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:22 pm      Reply with quote
Hmmm. Very interesting. Can anyone give exact proportions?
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Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:05 am      Reply with quote
Wow athena, It's good to know. Thanks
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Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:24 am      Reply with quote
I love mixing Baking Soda with Cetaphil gentle cleanser. I even use it on my body.
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Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:11 pm      Reply with quote
once a week I use salt with water to exfoliate. my skin is so smooth afterwards I feel like I have just had facial somewhere really expensive. Rolling Eyes

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Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:22 pm      Reply with quote
I have thick skin and the bigger grains of sugar work best for me.
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Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:00 pm      Reply with quote
I second Athena's cautions about both high pH ingredients like baking soda, and sharp/big crystal ingredients like sugar and salt. Obviously, they work okay for some users, particularly those with thicker skins like Belleza -- but if you have sensitive skin or are prone to rosacea, then you should probably avoid something that "scrubby".

Some other good homemade exfoliators are DIY versions of Dr. Hauschka/Jurlique Cleansing Cream, which contains finely ground almonds. Many folks on this board seem to be fans of that course of action, and I myself really enjoy that type of homemade exfoliator (I'm just too lazy to make it very often).

Lastly, I too wonder about sugar really being a good source of glycolic acid - my suspicion is that sugar-water alone doesn't really cut it, but who knows. I'm not a chemist. John C. Hill, where are you!?

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Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:16 pm      Reply with quote
For those who have non reactive skins, I really caution complacency for using rough grains or high pH alternatives like baking soda.

I have lots of broken caps and redness from over doing it with large grain scrubs. Even when I discovered microdermabrasion crystals (small but very hard) I still overdid it and now have the legacy of spider veins to show for it.

Don't assume that if your skin can handle it now that it won't react in the future, especially if you also use acids and no sunscreen.

Gentle enzymes and daily physical exfoliation is the way to go easy on the skin.
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Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:30 am      Reply with quote
I use baking soda! Cheap and effective! Smile
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Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:06 pm      Reply with quote
yikes salt on your face is not such a good idea...drying and depending on the size of the grains can be a bit rough.....ground almonds and sesame seeds is good mixed with either oil (if you are dry) or honey...
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Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:19 am      Reply with quote
I agree....Salt is not a good idea. I have seen many products with Sugar, but the Salt is too harsh.
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:45 am      Reply with quote
sugar+olive oil= very nice, esp for hand treatment!
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