As the hot humid New York summer settles on us, as well as a permanent sweat mustache, the conundrum of too much summer ‘glow’ rises to the forefront. Who wants to be constantly dabbing their face with oil control sheets, or in my case, toilet paper? It’s just not a good look.
Well, the solution might be found in the treatment of constipation. No, that wasn’t a typo. Turns out the same stuff that can get your colon moving is also effective in absorbing the oil, or sebum, from the surface of your skin.
Milk of magnesia, otherwise known as Philips, is a highly alkaline agent that is anecdotally toted as a miracle cure for acne. When used as a mask once or twice a week, it is effective in removing and controlling the oil that rises to the surface of the skin, especially on those hot summer days. A word of warning though, a slightly acidic pH is necessary for your skin to maintain an effective barrier. Overuse can cause excessive dryness and a rebound effect where your skin ramps up oil production, possibly making acne worse. There is no evidence backing up the claims as an acne cure-all and I can only recommend that acne can be effectively treated and prevented under the care of a dermatologist.
But I never knock a hot beauty tip before trying it. For $10 a bottle (use only original), it won’t hurt to give a Philips mask once or twice a week a whirl to maintain that matte look on a sweltering day. Use a clean cotton ball to apply a thin layer on your skin and after it dries, rinse with warm water and finish with your favorite moisturizer. I’d love to hear how it works for you all, so holla back, ladies! Also, I hope by this point you have “Hold on” stuck in your head, because I sure do. Check this out for more info.