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The recession has cause many of us to scale back on our unnecessary expenditures and to cut out some of them all together. But not being able to afford spa-like treatments anymore doesn't mean that you have to give them up entirely. Some inexpensive products most of us have around the house can be used to spruce up our beauty routines.

Aspirin is simply a beta-hydroxy acid or BHA, a very effective type of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is found in popular OTC acne medications and is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts. Exfoliating your skin,and hair, has never been simpler.

1) Aspirin Facial Mask

Take about four to six uncoated aspirin tablets and crush them into a powder.
Add a few drops of water to make into a paste.
Spread on your face.

After about 10 minutes, the mask will dry and become flaky. With water, gently rub the paste into your skin in a circular manner. Then rinse it off. The aspirin will slough off all of your dead skin cells and leave your face feeling rejuvenated.

For some variety, you can also add some honey or unflavored yogurt to the aspirin mixture before applying it to your face. Honey is a terrific natural moisturizer rumored to have been used by Cleopatra.

2) Removing Residue and Build-up from Hair

People with blond hair know the hell that is having green hair from swimming in a chlorinated pool. To remedy this problem dissolve eight aspirin in a glass of water. Rub the resulting liquid into your hair. Leave for about 10 minutes and then rinse it out. Shampoo in the usual way.

Have your shampoo and conditioner left your hair looking flat lately? Or maybe the styling products have left a build-up on your hair that even your best shampoo can not remove. You can easily remove the product build-up by crushing 6-8 aspirin into a palm full of your conditioner. Apply the paste like mixture to your hair. Leave on a few minutes and then rinse it out. Your hair will be squeaky clean.

3) Unsightly Feet

Professional pedicures are often one of the the first luxury items that get the ax. After all, how difficult is it to paint your own nails? As we all know, however, having a pedicure is more than just slapping polish on your toenails. Aspirin can be used to help get rid of those calluses on your feet.

Grind five or six aspirin into a powder.

Add 1/2 teaspoon each of lemon juice and water.

Apply the mixture to the calluses on your feet. Wrap your feet in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag.

Relax for at least 10 minutes while the aspirin gets to work softening your rough feet. Remove the bag and towel, and file down the softened callus with a pumice stone. Don't forget to moisturize when you are done.

Your feet will be beautiful in no time.


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