If you’re thinking about removing excess oil and dirt from your face with a facial peel (also known as a chemical peel), you probably think about one of two options: either digging out that big bottle of cheap, creamy sludge you received as a holiday present or splurging on the truly expensive, spa-quality mixtures that seem so precious that you feel guilty for even using them.
Facial peeling also removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin moisturized in the process. Ironically, over-the-counter beauty items can sometimes strip away too much oil, further drying out your poor skin.
The next time you feel its necessary to splurge on an expensive chemical peel, forget it and stick that money in a retirement or savings account. Head to your fridge, farmers market or local store to pick out a few fruits or vegetables, and you’re well on your way to completely natural, honest ingredients that you can put together in a few minutes flat!
Facial peels aren’t just for women. If you’re a self-conscious man that refuses to buy a ‘beauty product’ but you need skin help, you can whip these up in the comfort of your home. (No one will be the wiser.)
Words of Caution
Peels should occur about once a week. According to Girlish.com, you need to take some precautionary measures!
- First, don’t undergo a facial peel if your skin is damaged or sun-burnt.
- People with sensitive skin may need to use lactic or glycolic acid instead.
- To be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction, try out the mixture on a small patch by your jaw line. Wear sunscreen, because the fresh skin is more sensitive to the sun’s rays.
Livestrong.com warns that newly-peeled skin may be tingling, irritated, flaky and/or red for the first few hours. The site urges users to stop peeling if they encounter pigment changes, swelling or irritation.
Before applying a mask, place your face in a warm, wet towel to open your pores. Again, to test for an allergic reaction, try a small spot of a facial peel recipe on your jaw line first.
Anti Aging Cucumber Peel
For an anti-aging cucumber peel, you’ll need to remove the seeds from a small cucumber and peel it. Chamomile tea, green tea and aloe vera gel are the only other ingredients you will need. With the help of a food processor, you’ll have a cheap, homemade peel at your disposal. Take a peek at the recipe at CompleteSkinTherapy.com. The site adds that the cucumber juice is an astringent that tightens the skin, and the teas relieve puffiness. Aloe vera adds moisture to your skin.
Citrus Fruit Skin-Firming Peel
A citrus peel recipe from PurefectYourSkin.com calls for gelatin and the juice of one lemon or orange (or add both if you have both on-hand). Once the gelatin and juice have boiled; the gelatin completely dissolves; and the mixture cools; you can apply the mask. Leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes. Citrus properties leave the skin smooth and soft.
Strawberry Skin Wonder Peel
According to OrganicAuthority.com, a two-ingredient peel can heal blemishes and make your skin look younger! Check out the website for all instructions and quantities but, basically, pureed cornstarch and strawberries slathered on your skin can do wonders! (The real key ingredient is the salicylic acid found in strawberries.)
Vitamin-Packed Tropical Fruit Peel
YouBeauty.com offers a tropical peel recipe that is sure to smell sweet! Combine lemon, papaya and mango chunks with cornstarch. After assembly, bask in the mask for about 15 minutes to aid in removing blotches from skin while tightening it simultaneously.
A combination of mashed avocado, honey and an egg white soothe the skin! Find the recipe with application instructions at BecomeGorgeous.com. This all-natural recipe is environmentally green, especially if you opt for real honey (not the big-box store, sugary, honey-like products whose packaging ironically states “may contain honey”) and an organic egg white.
Some of these seem good enough to eat, don’t they? Which peel will you try today?