Growing up, I spent a lot of time experimenting with different things in our kitchen (much to my mother's dismay.) Our counter tops would be strewn with eggs whites, spices, pulped fruits and vegetables -- anything that I thought would potentially give me gorgeous skin.
There was a lot of trial and error. Some things gave excellent results while others seemed to be a waste of time and resources. But that was always the fun of it -- finding the perfect combination of kitchen ingredients that would be the holy grail to all of my skin ailments.
One mask that has never failed me has been a combination of turmeric and aspirin. It seems to include properties that encompass everything that I look for in a good skin care product: brightening, exfoliating, moisturizing, and acne-fighting.
Here's a quick breakdown of the ingredients:
The effective ingredient in aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which is a very common exfoliant. The grainy texture of ground aspirin is an exfoliant in itself as well.
In a small bowl, cover aspirin tablets with a few drops (3-6) of warm water. Ideally, you want to make some sort of an aspirin paste that isn't runny.
Honey, 1/2 teaspoon
Honey is a natural humectant, and is therefore excellent for locking in moisture and soothing skin. Enzymes found within honey also clarify pores, keeping them clean and clear.
Yogurt (plain, full-fat), 1 teaspoon
Yogurt is full of lactic acids, which dissolves dead skin cells and leaves your skin all lovely and soft.
Turmeric, 1 teaspoon
India's most commonly used spice has also been used as a part of their skincare for centuries. One of the most important Indian wedding rituals is the "haldi" ceremony, where a paste made of milk, sandalwood, or rose water (the exact mixture depends on the individual's cultural and family customs) is mixed with turmeric and applied everywhere.