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Friday, July 27, 2012

A skincare miracle for under $5!

One of my Holy Grail beauty items is probably residing in your bathroom cabinet RIGHT NOW.  In fact, your mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, and best friend probably all have it in their bathroom cabinets, too.  

This item can be bought in any drugstore, grocery store, and maybe some gas stations.  It’s cheap, too:  I got mine for less than $5.

To call this item a miracle might be overstating it…but not by much.  It has positively revolutionized my skin.

By now you’re probably standing in front of your flung-open bathroom cabinets wondering what I’m talking about.  Here’s my secret…don’t tell anyone…

Milk of magnesia.  

(Photo taken from the Walgreens website)

That’s right, my HG skin-care miracle is used to relieve constipation.  Or in my case, excessive oiliness.  I first saw milk of magnesia blogged about by a guest writer named Sam on Makeup and Beauty Blog (HERE) and later on Pink Sith (HERE).  Figuring I had nothing to lose, I picked up a bottle of the generic stuff at my local Walgreens.  

Now, you have to understand that I have really oily skin.  Like, really oily.  I finish my makeup by 6:45 am each morning and my face looks like an oil slick by 8 am.  No amount of primers, powders, or mattifying foundations did anything.  You know those little blotting papers?  Yeah, I could fill up two to three of those a day…sometimes four.  It was gross.

(Photo taken from the Walgreens website)

That’s where milk of magnesia comes in.  I can’t even begin to explain to you the science behind how this works.  Like I said, it’s just a miracle.  In the morning, I use a small triangular sponge or a couple cotton balls to gently daub this on to my face.  You want to make sure you get a nice, thin layer over your entire face.  If you apply too heavily, you’ll get an eerie white cast to your face:  not cute.  Start with a small amount of the product and build.  I focus especially on my T-zone.  I tried to take before and after pictures; however, my camera just wasn't accurately showing just how much this product helped.

You’ll notice that your face is immediately made matte.  I’ll say that it takes about two weeks for this product to really reach full effectiveness; however, you’ll see results immediately!  The first day I did this, I didn’t need a blotting sheet until lunch time and even then I didn’t use the whole sheet.

After continued usage, you’ll find that your face is dramatically less oily.  Now I use one blotting sheet per day, right after work.  I find that this has even helped improve my skin quality:  On days that I don’t apply makeup, my face still doesn’t get oily as fast as it used to.

All in all, this is spectacular for us shiny-faced gals.  I don’t recommend it for normal to dry skin, as it could be irritating and drying.  As with any cosmetic, always do a patch test first to make sure this won’t irritate your skin.

Seriously, pick some up.  Or, better yet, just borrow a little bit from someone you know before committing to a whole bottle.  Either way, make it happen!  You won’t regret it!  



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All items were purchased by Orange Lipstick for personal use and review purposes.


  1. I'll have to try this! Your story was so much like mine. Finish putting on makeup at 6:15 and completely oil slicked by 7:30 am.

    The only thing I'm sort of tripped up on is: I am always told that oily faced girls will get wrinkles less and way more slow over time vs people with dry or normal skin. I wonder if b/c this sort of seems to take the oil away a bit more, will wrinkles develop faster? I know that seems so vain or weird...but I do like to tell people and myself that it is the one HUGE upside to having such oily skin. What do you think?

  2. Carrie, I've always heard that, too! Thank goodness there's an upside to the oiliness! It's definitely not vain or weird - prevention is key! I really don't have an answer for your question, though. I guess taking oil away from your skin might cause wrinkles faster; however, I still have a decent amount of oil even using this. I keep my skin hydrated, too, so hopefully it all balances out. I'll ask my dermatologist the next time I see him!