As we age, our skin sometimes becomes our enemy, developing freckles where there weren’t any before, sun blotches, adult acne, wrinkles and dryness. Fortunately, in addition to drinking more purified water on a daily basis, eating right, exercising, and using good quality moisturizers, there are some inexpensive do-it-yourself facial peels you can use for healthier looking skin.
Facial peels should be done every day, or every other day at least. Taking care of your skin is hard work, but well worth the efforts!
Egg White Peel
This one is by far my favorite. It’s used for acne and evening out skin tone. I’ve found some renditions or alternatives to this little trick online, but I like to keep it simple.
What you need:
1 extra large egg or 2 medium eggs (you will only need the egg white)
A pot to boil water in.
Boil a pot of water. You don’t need a measurement for this because you’ll only be using it for the steam. Take a small to medium-sized pot and fill it halfway with tap water.
While waiting for the water to boil, crack the egg in half and gently transfer the yolk back and forth between the halved egg shells, letting the egg white fall into a small bowl.
Once the water has boiled, remove from heat and place on the table. Wait about 2 minutes, and then place a large towel over your head and the pot so that your face is right over the steam, about a foot above it. The steam will open the pores and make you sweat profusely, removing any toxins from the skin.
After about 15 minutes of steaming, pat your face dray with a soft towel. Apply the egg whites liberally all over your face and let dry completely. This takes about 10-15 minutes. Once dried, rinse off with warm water.
Milky Gelatin Peel
This peel is great for blackheads and blotching. It needs to be applied almost immediately after heating, so make sure you’re ready to apply before you prepare it. You should do this right after a shower so that your face is good and clean.
You will need:
1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin (powdered or granulated, and brand doesn’t matter)
2 tbsp of milk
1-2 drops of minty or lavender essential oil (optional for scent purposes)
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl or dish. This will be very sludgy and it only takes a few seconds to mix together. No need to overdo it.
Heat the mixture in your microwave for about 15-30 seconds, depending on wattage of your microwave. Start with 15 seconds and then do it in 7-second intervals after that. You are looking for a smooth, thick but more “juicier” mixture.
Apply to the skin, but make sure it’s not too hot. The mixture will harden quickly, so use caution, common sense, and good judgment.
You don’t need a thick layer. Layer it think and smooth so it dries evenly. This will take about 30-45 minutes. Don’t do too much with your facial expressions.
Peel it off and rinse your face with warm water. You can apply witch hazel or tea tree oil immediately after, or leave it good and raw for rejuvenation.
Anne Hathaway Peel
Great for healthy and youthful looking skin. It tightens the skin and helps to exfoliate any dead skin and toxins.
You will need:
2 tbsp of honey (local is important because the bees and pollen used to make it play a part in your environment, which affects your skin)
1 tbsp water
Mash up the banana until it’s good and mushy, and then add the other ingredients to it. Lather it on, let it sit for 20-25 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. Pat dry your face and apply your favorite moisturizer, or let your pores breathe.
Peaches are jammed full with vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, D, and E. The juices in the peaches help tighten and hydrate the skin, while balancing the natural skin oils. Smells fantastic, too.
You will need:
1 ripe peach
1 tsp of local honey
1 large egg (for this peel, they suggest the yolk for dry skin and the white for oily skin, but I like using whites even though I’m not oily)
Peel and dice up the peach and put into a bowl. Add the honey and whichever egg ingredient you choose (use either the yolk or the white, not both). Blend and mush the ingredients together and then apply liberally to the face. Leave on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You may not even need a moisturizer after this one!
Lemony Coconut Moisturizing Peel
This is a great peel if you’re sensitive to over-the-counter moisturizers and don’t want to go to the dermatologist. It will help “enliven” and brighten the skin tone. The best part is that it is super quick and super easy!
You will need:
1 ripe lemon for the fresh juice
3-4 tbsp of coconut oil
1 cup of white sugar
Mix the ingredients together in a plastic bag. This will help melt the semi-solid coconut oil. You can then just put the little baggy in your shower and use it as a daily facial wash. That’s it! You can always use larger quantities of the above ingredients to help it last longer.