A face peel or chemical peel is a common skin care treatment used primarily as a part of an anti-aging regimen. Face peels are used to treat acne, age spots, discoloration, fine lines, dull complexion, and rough skin. For at-home, DIY treatments, the goal is to have a brighter and smoother complexion. With continued use, skin becomes more even in color as well. Here are five easy DIY face peels you can try at home.
My Favorite DIY Summer Facial Peel
From mid-spring and throughout summer my combination skin becomes oilier. This mask helps control my oil and tightens my skin. I mix two egg whites, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a quarter cup of tomato puree together in a bowl. I then apply the mixture to my face leaving it on for five to 10 minutes. I rinse off with cool water.
Why this works: The peeling is from the lemon juice and tomato that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that naturally exfoliate skin. The egg white temporarily tightens skin for a firmer look.
DIY Aspirin and Lemon Juice Peel
This popular DIY peel received the Dr. Oz stamp of approval as it acts like a chemical peel. I’ve never tried it personally because aspirin is reserved for managing my mother’s heart health. Crush 12 non-coated aspirin with a spoon, combine aspirin with lemon juice, and allow it to form into a paste for five to 10 minutes. Smooth onto skin and let sit for 10 minutes. Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball into the baking soda solution and wipe the mask off.
Why this works: According to Dr. Oz, the salicylic acid in aspirin is a BHA, which is used in chemical peels to help treat acne. Lemon juice is an AHA that also acts as an exfoliant. The baking soda neutralizes the acid.
My Favorite DIY Winter Facial Peel
During the winter, my skin is on the dry side and this peel brightens my complexion without drying my skin out. I take a cup of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of brewed green tea, one pink grapefruit wedge, and two lime wedges and mix them together into a smooth cream. Apply the cream to face and neck avoiding eye and lip area. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Why this works: Grapefruit and lime are high in AHA’s from the citrus acid. The yogurt is soothing to the skin and contains another AHA, lactic acid. Green tea is used to soother skin.
DIY Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Skin Brightening Peel
Here is another Dr. Oz recommended DIY beauty treatment. Again, the power of lemon juice and baking soda come together to give you brighter skin. Simply mix baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a few drops of oil. Form it into a paste and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off.
Why this works: The lemon juice naturally exfoliates. The baking soda helps to neutralize the acid in the juice and helps to brighten the skin. The olive oil provides moisture so the skin does not dry out.
Bella How To DIY Peel-Off Mask
This mask from Popsugar Beauty is a facial peel that peels off your face. You take two packs of plain gelatin, mix it with half a cup of brewed green tea, and add the juice of half of lemon. Place mixture in microwave and heat for 15 to 20 seconds. After heating, add two egg whites and stir again to thicken the mixture. Allow to cool for about three to five minutes. Generously apply to face. Let settle for three minutes and apply a second coat. Leave on for 30 to 45 minutes. Peel mask off. Remove any leftover mask with a wet washcloth.
Why this works: It contains AHA from the lemon juice, green tea to soothe, egg to tighten, and gelatin to peel off grabbing hold of blackheads.
These five DIY facial peels are very easy to make. Please be aware that AHA and BHAs make the skin sensitive to the sun. So do not apply these facials if you plan on going outside in the sun within the next 12 hours. Make sure you use sunscreen always to protect the skin from the sun.