Everyone wants to look as good today as they did when they were kids. Unfortunately, skin ages and gets damaged over the years. There is no magic bullet to fix these effects of time, but some facial peels will help restore some of that lost luster. Like many pharmaceuticals, facial peels can be expensive. Even the cheapest chemical peels cost about $25 and the most expensive cost hundreds of dollars. As an alternative, you can make your own facial peels at home for a fraction of the price. These won’t be quite as effective as professional products, but they will help your face and skin. Follow these instructions to make the five best home made facial peels.
Warning: For all these peels, test a small amount on your skin first to make sure you have no allergies. Additionally, always keep the peels away from your eyes. Finally, always lay flat on your back while waiting for it to dry to avoid dripping or running.
General Advice: Lightly clean your face with water and then dry it gently before using a facial peel. Apply a light coating of moisturizer after a facial peel if your face feels tight or dry. Stay out of the sun for a few days or use a high SPF sun block if you do go into the sun.
5. Aspirin Facial Peel – You will need lemon juice, aspirin, baking soda, and some cotton balls for this peel. You can easily buy all of these ingredients at a grocery store, though there is a good chance you already have them in your home. Before starting the peel, dissolve a tablespoon baking soda in a bowl of water. This is your neutralizer for this peel. Then crush and dissolve 12 aspirin in a small amount of lemon juice. You are trying to get the consistency of paste here, so don’t use too much lemon juice. Apply with your fingers and wait at least 10 minutes. When you want to remove it, dip a cotton ball in the neutralizer and remove it with that.
Best For: This facial peel is best for oily skin. It should dry your face slightly and wear away any dead skin. Results are not immediate, but take a day or so to show.
4. Yogurt Facial Peel – This facial peel uses yogurt and sugar. Make sure you use plain yogurt for this recipe. Any other flavor may stain your face, which is exactly the opposite of what you want. Mix equal amounts of both ingredients in a bowl and apply the paste to your face. After at least 15 means, rinse it off with cool water.
Best For: This facial peel is best for anyone with dry skin. It is also one of the simplest and most comfortable facial peels you can find. The ingredients are incredibly cheap (under $2 total) and there is almost no work involved. Results will take a day or so, but it should reduce dryness at lessen cracked skin.
3. Clay Facial Peel – While this is an excellent facial peel with centuries of proven results, it is also one of the more difficult ones to acquire. You will need bentonite clay, honey, and green tea. The latter two are easily acquired in any grocery store, but the former is only available in health stores and will probably cost around $10. Combine three parts clay with 2 parts honey and then mix in green tea slowly until you get a consistency easy to apply. Apply the peel to your face and wait for it to dry. You may want to lie in the sun to speed up this process. Once it is dry, gently remove the clay with a damp towel.
Best For: A clay facial peel will primarily tighten skin. If you are trying to remove wrinkles or your face is beginning to sag, this is a really good choice. This peel takes longer than most so only use it if you are patient.
2. Papaya Facial Peel – Like a previous facial peel, this one also uses yogurt, but it isn’t the primary ingredient. Papaya is the primary ingredient, specifically for its healing benefits. Mash a cup of papaya with a teaspoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of yogurt. Wait 20 minutes and then rinse away with water.
Best For: This facial peel is primarily for healing sunburns or rashes. It will make your skin look healthier, but it has a much greater effect if you are trying to undo the effects of recent damage. Since papaya isn’t cheap, you should probably use a different option if you aren’t fixing recently damaged skin.
1. Honey Facial Peel – This peel uses four ingredients you can buy in the grocery store, though one you probably don’t already have in your home. You will need gelatin, eggs, honey, and lemon juice. Start by separating the whites from two eggs. Then boil the gelatin with a little water until it melts. Turn off the heat, add the eggs, a little lemon juice, two teaspoons of honey, and stir. Continue to stir until it reaches a good consistency, adding more lemon juice if necessary. Apply, let sit for 15-20 minutes, and wash away gently with warm water.
Best For: The mixture of ingredients makes this one of the best general purpose facial peels you can make at home. Honey rejuvenates, gelatin moisturizes, egg white softens, and the acid in lemon juice cleans. This is the one recipe that requires boiling, which makes it the most complicated, but if you are willing to put in the extra effort, and you don’t need one of the specific peels above, this is the best facial peel you can make at home.