Aspirin is one of the many over-the-counter pain relievers that we rely on on a regular basis. Most people have a bottle stored at home, just waiting for their aches and pains to act up. But what you may not know is that the product contains chemicals which can do much more than provide a break from pesky headaches. Here are a few non-medicinal ways aspirin can make itself useful around the house.
1. Dandruff warrior
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, a chemical which is capable of a great many things. Among them, it has a strong moisturizing ability, and can help reduce the formation of dandruff in your hair. “Applying aspirin mixed with shampoo to your scalp may help reduce scalp inflammation that causes dandruff and help exfoliate flakes on the skin,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, cosmetic and clinical researcher in dermatology, tells Everyday Health. Crush two to three aspirins into your shampoo and massage your scalp with the mixture, then let sit a few minutes before rinsing off.
2. Skin saver
Not only can salicylic acid moisturize your skin, it also helps remove oil and dead cells, making it an incredible opponent to acne and psoriasis, as it can unclog pores and reduce swelling, skin lesions and redness, Everyday Health reports. Combine five crushed pills with a quarter cup of water and, optionally, a teaspoon of honey. Apply to your skin and leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off.
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