A good facial peel should improve your skin’s appearance by exfoliating, fading or removing acne, scars, and wrinkles or firming the skin. But store bought facial peels can be pricey and full of harsh chemicals and other less favorable ingredients. Here are five great facial peels you can do yourself at home!
(Disclaimer: for a vegetarian or kosher facial peel, replace regular gelatin with kosher gelatin or plant-based gelatin)
1. Cucumber Face Peel
Best for: cleansing; preventing acne; firming and hydrating dull or dry skin
You will need: a cucumber, aloe vera gel, 1T unflavored gelatin
Wash the cucumber thoroughly under cool water. Peel it and remove the seeds. Slice the cucumber and process it to a smooth consistency in your blender. Use a colander or strainer to strain water out of the cucumber mixture into a small bowl. Add a few squeezes of the aloe vera gel and the gelatin to the cucumber water and mix well. Then move the mix over into a sauce pan, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the gelatin dissolves and the consistency is smooth. Transfer the mix back into your bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of a half hour. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and your peel is ready to use! Apply it generously to your face (and neck, if desired) and let it sit for 30 minutes. Remove the peel by washing with warm water and gently scrubbing with a soft wash cloth.
2. Coconut Milk Face Peel
Best for: cleansing; anti-aging, firming and hydrating dull or dry skin
You will need: 1T unflavored gelatin, 2 T plain coconut milk, lavender essential oil
In a microwave safe bowl, mix the gelatin and coconut milk together. Microwave the mixture for 20-30 seconds on high. Remove it from the microwave and quickly mix in 2-3 drops of your lavender oil. Before it has time to completely thicken, apply the mask to your face in a single, thin layer, avoiding your eyes, eyebrows and mouth area. Sit back and allow the mask to sit on your face for 30-40 minutes. Then gently peel away the mask, and wash away any remnants with warm water and a washcloth.
3. Pumpkin Face Peel
Best for: cleansing; anti-aging; soothing sensitive or irritated skin
You will need: a small pumpkin, 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, 1/4 cup fresh oats, 1T coconut oil
Wash and peel your pumpkin and cut it into 1″ cubes or smaller. Boil the pumpkin in a small saucepan on the stove top for 3-4 minutes. Strain the pumpkin to remove the water. Add the cooked pumpkin, pineapple, oats, and coconut oil to your blender and blend into a thick paste. You can either chill the mask or use it immediately. When you’re ready, apply a thick layer to the face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove by rinsing with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser.
4. Green Tea Face Peel
Best for: cleansing; detoxifying; brightening and firming skin
You will need: 1T unflavored gelatin, a green tea bag, 1t lemon juice
Boil water in a small pot or tea kettle, and pour 1T of the water into a cup. Put the green tea bag in the cup and allow it to steep into the water for 10-15 minutes. Dispose of the used tea bag. Add lemon juice to the tea, and mix thoroughly with the gelatin. Immediately apply to the face, taking care to avoid the eye, eyebrows, and mouth area. Wait 15-20 minutes, and gently peel away the mask. Use a washcloth and warm water to gently wash away any remnants of the peel. Optional: finish with a light moisturizer.
5. Lemon Facial Peel
Best for: cleansing; balancing out oily or combination skin; preventing and treating acne
You will need: 1T baking soda, 10 uncoated aspirin, 1T lemon juice
Mix the baking soda with 5T water in a small dish and stir it until the baking soda is dissolved. Set aside for 5 minutes. Put the aspirin tablets in another small dish, and pour the lemon juice over the aspirin. With a spoon, crush the aspirin and lemon juice into a paste. Apply the paste over your face, and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then take a cotton ball soaked in the baking soda and water, and use it to remove the peel. Rinse with cool water.
* “How to Make a Facial Peel,” www.wikihow.com
* “How to Make the Mother of all Natural Face Peels,” www.elegantmiss.com
* Julia Estrela, “How to Make Homemade Facial Chemical Peels,” www.livestrong.com