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    Default Epsom Salts for face

    I have been using Epsom salt with my cleanser. Epsom salts are actually mineral magnesium sulfate and not the usual table salts.

    They drew out toxins from skin and i realise that while i was on it, my skin has this purging effect, cos black heads and white heads are being drawn out and i can easily remove them with a scrub! Cool! Plus they are so cheap!!

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    Are impurities drawn out as well, ie did you suffer any breakouts? Asking this because I'm sure I'm full of toxins

    So you mix them into your cleanser and cleanse like normal? And where can I buy them from?

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    hee I did get a little more bumps, but they were tiny and heal pretty fast. I just mix a teaspoon into my normal cleanser and clean.

    You can get it at most Guardian stores for around $3 /pack. Some ppl use it as bath salts, cos it can really soak your aches away. Wonderful for sore muscles. I bring one pack with me for holidays so can use the hotel bath tub. hehe

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    Default 13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

    EPSOM SALT TIPS
    Adapted from the Epsom Salt Industry Council
    Epsom Salt Council
    Note: Check with a doctor before using if you have any health concerns.

    * Relaxing and Sedative Bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom Salt.

    * Face Cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

    * Homemade Skin Mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt. For normal to dry skin mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt.

    * Foot Soak: Soothe aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

    * Skin Exfoliator: Massage handfuls of Epsom Salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.

    * Remove Excess Oil from Hair: Epsom Salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.

    * Hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom Salt. Combine, cover, and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.

    * Hair Volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom Salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

    * Soak Sprains and Bruises: Epsom Salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups Epsom Salt to a warm bath, and soak.

    * Splinter Remover: Soak in Epsom Salt, it will draw out the splinter.

    P.S. Recently, I've been on a homemade mask craze. Cos it's good for budget-constraint girl like me, who want to look pretty without having to spend some much on commercialised hyped products. Will probably try Epsom salt one day.

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    ohh this is great. so jewel, after mixing the epsom salt with your facial wash, you use another scrub to wash your face?

    hehe first aspirin mask, now epsom salt, you girls are great!

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    I've been thinking of trying this! But I hestitate when I saw on the box it can be used as a fabric softner and a fertilizer! And it also can be used as a laxative! I don't know if I trust something that can be taken as a food and as a waste (fertilizer)!

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    Originally posted by zjaninez
    But I hestitate when I saw on the box it can be used as a fabric softner and a fertilizer!
    Do you know that undiluted coke can be used to clean the dirtiest and toughest stains from toilet bowls?

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    Lumos, there are plenty homemade masks out there. Try googling for them. Aspirin masks are already passe imo.

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    Uses for Coke

    1. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
    2. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

    3. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

    4. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

    5. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

    6. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent. Run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

    7. To remove old dry wallpaper paste from wall, wet a cloth with Coke and rub over paste. It does remove it.

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    jewel, what is the name on the box or whats the packaging of the epsom salts like? TIA!

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    Originally posted by CaramelGirl
    Lumos, there are plenty homemade masks out there. Try googling for them. Aspirin masks are already passe imo.
    yeah but a lot of those homemade masks require a lot of 'ingredients' which i'm too lazy to get. aspirin masks just require aspirin and water

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    Hmm.. not really. I'm a lazy girl too. Last time, I cant even be bothered to put anything on my face at night. Only cleansing oil to remove makeup, cleanser to double-cleanse and just go to bed). Some homemade masks just require to add water. I'm on a homemade masks kick recently. The best thing is they are CHEAP!! These are the ones I've tried:-
    1) sandalwood powder + rosewater (said to lighten acne scars)
    2) baking soda + water (said to loosen blackheads)
    3) Kraft miracle whip (said to remove dead skin)
    4) lemon juice (said to have glowing & whitening effects)
    5) chickpea flour + water (for acne, tightening pores and improve overall skin texture. My fav by far!! I'm still on a lookout for better ones!)

    Maybe I'll try epsom salts next. Salts said to remove impurities from the skin.

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    Originally posted by CaramelGirl
    Hmm.. not really. I'm a lazy girl too. Last time, I cant even be bothered to put anything on my face at night. Only cleansing oil to remove makeup, cleanser to double-cleanse and just go to bed). Some homemade masks just require to add water. I'm on a homemade masks kick recently. The best thing is they are CHEAP!! These are the ones I've tried:-
    1) sandalwood powder + rosewater (said to lighten acne scars)
    5) chickpea flour + water (for acne, tightening pores and improve overall skin texture. My fav by far!! I'm still on a lookout for better ones!)
    hihi! can tell me more about this 2 masks?? sounds good to me!! where did u get sandalwood powder and chickpea flour?? hee.. paiseh.. a bit ULU.. for the 1st method.. did it really work for ur scars? and is the 5th mehod betta than aspirin??

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    Hi qian,

    IMO, skincare is a very individual thing. Works well for others but may not on you and vice versa. You have to try it yourself to know. But be careful if you have sensitive skin. When trying out a new recipe, never leave it on your face for more than 10mins, or you can do a patch test on your inner arm. However, if you have serious skin problem, the best thing to do is to consult a dermalogist.

    For me, I belong to the adventurous sort. Always eager to try out new recipes. Esp good for budget conscious girl like me, got no extra cash to splash on highend skincare. Like I said, you can find tonnes of concoction fr the net. Lastly, in everything you do, expect no miracle, be patient and hopefully your skin will like it.

    How to apply:
    For applying facial mask, first rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores. Then apply mask. In the final rinse, use cold water to close the pores.

    For sandalwood powder, I got this from a push-cart owned by an indian lady near the open-air food centre (something like Glutton Sq opp centrepoint) in Chinatown. It also sells aromatherapy stuff. I found this by chance really. It's only $1 for a small cup, which is sufficient for >20 applications. U only need very little. You may also try those spice shops in little india or arab st. Essential oil shops don't have this, I've asked, they only have sandalwood essential oil which is different.

    Rosewater, you may get from organic or essential oil shops. I got mine from plant & planet in centrepoint.

    Chickpea flour comes in several names. Also call Besan or gram flour. You can find this from indian provision shops. Those stalls in the wet market selling curry powder or dried foodstuff should have this too. I got mine in a 500gm pocket for $1.20

    I have stopped making aspirin masks after I jumped onto the chickpea mask bandwagon. I prefer the latter. Unlike aspirin masks where you can dissolve the aspirin on your palms with your fingers, it's better to do it with a saucer or bowl and a facial brush for CPM. Pour around 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour and add moderate water to make into a paste. Exercise common sense here, if it's too watery, the paste will drip all over you, so you may want to add more flour to balance it out. A thick paste will be good. Then, apply thinly on your face with the facial brush. Wait 10-15mins for it to dry. CPM can be difficult to remove when dry. Try rubbing with pressure with both palms and fingers to remove all the paste, works as an exfoliation at the same time. Or try removing it with a warm towel. Or you can also remove the mask during shower. Also, some people may not be able to tolerate the chickpea smell, can be pungent to some.

    Some people add lemon juice, almond oil, tea tree oil or tumeric powder to chickpea masks too, depending on their skin type. But for a start, try the basic mask with just chickpea flour and water to make into a paste. Generally, it's said that chickpea mask is more suitable for oily acne proned skin, but not so much for matured dry skin. Some have experienced less popping of pimples, some smoother texture of face and smaller pores. All depends how your skin react to it.

    HTH!

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    thanks lots! will try it out!

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