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Phew, it has been a whirlwind month! I just got back from an amazing trip to Toronto and am finishing up my Thanksgiving vacation. The week off is one of the benefits to working in education. My skin has gotten slightly angry from the travel and the indulgent food, I stumbled across this DIY mask on one of my favourite sites Epic Beauty Guide, and I knew I had to share it!

Money is TIGHT around the holidays for me, even with the Black Friday deals. I’ve run out of some of my favourite chemical exfoliant masks recently, and I needed something on the cheap to take their place. Plus, it’s been a while since I got my hands dirty with a DIY. This exfoliating, moisturizing, and skin-clearing mask takes two minutes to mix up and can most likely be made with ingredients you already have on hand. This recipe alone left me with enough extra mask to slather on stubborn chest and shoulder breakouts, and I am ecstatic with the results.

First, you need 5 uncoated aspirin tablets. However, you can still get the coated kind to work. I know because my pharmacy did not have any aspirin of the uncoated variety. Let those soak in the minimum amount of water necessary. We are talking a quarter teaspoon; too much water will make the mask too viscous. Once your aspirin has dissolved into a paste, smooth out the tablets with a spoon to break them down, add one tablespoon of plain yogurt. The full fat variety works best. Finally, add a dollop of honey, around one half to a full teaspoon, and stir until fully combined. I use Manuka honey because it’s got extra skin-clearing properties. You should have around two tablespoons of product.

Smooth this cool and soothing concoction all over: face, neck, shoulders, chest, back. Once applied, don’t expect the mask to look white. Unless you’re really packing the product on, it won’t really be visible. Let it sit for around fifteen minutes, then wash it off. I apply a soothing combination of Thayer’s Toner, which is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE TONER and George’s Aloe afterwards. Both of these are also extremely affordable and effective.

WHY IT WORKS: The aspirin contains salicylic acid that has been touted as an acne-fighting ingredient for years. Yogurt contains lactic acid. This acid mimics the chemical exfoliants I’ve been missing from my used-up masks! Finally, honey is moisturizing and antibacterial. Your skin feels super soft and plump.

If sugar, dairy, or whatever else have got your skin on the fritz after Thanksgiving, take a mere twenty minutes for some YOU TIME and give this mask a whirl. Your skin and your wallet won’t regret it! It’s the perfect weekend indulgence.