God didn’t just populate the Earth with a million plants to make the world beautiful. He gave healing powers to plants, fruits, and vegetables, and that’s why I am a big believer in natural. So when I noticed that my skin needed a little help getting back some of its youthful radiance, I read up on facial peels …and I knew almost instantly that, for me, a chemical peel was out of the question. I realized it was time for me to try some good old-fashioned homemade DIY facial peels made from all that good stuff God gave us, and I found some great ones that really work.
1) Oatmeal, apple, and honey paste: I’ll never stop touting the miracle benefits of oatmeal. And honey is another marvel of nature. If you find your skin a little dry as you age, an oatmeal paste made from oatmeal, honey, and apples makes a DIY facial peel that sloughs off dead skin cells and leaves skin radiant. Mash an apple, 2 tablespoons of honey, a few drops of vitamin E oil, and oatmeal into a paste. (You can even get the microwavable kind, but make sure it isn’t one of those sugary kids’ kinds. This peel has to be made from natural oatmeal.) Mix it all together, rub it on your face (not under your eyes), scrub very lightly, and wait 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. When I tried this one, my skin was left soft and glowing because the oatmeal works with the immune system to heal any skin damage that has occurred over the years due to aging, sun, or stress.
2) Oatmeal variation: Another option for a good DIY facial peel is to mash up a banana with that natural oatmeal, add in some almond oil in place of the vitamin E oil, and mix in plain yogurt. Again, mix it all into a paste, rub it gently on your face, wait 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water. This one is good for killing dead skin cells and for getting rid of acne, as yogurt kills the bacteria that help acne grow.
3) Citrus peel with tomato and lime: Citrus peels are also good for killing dead skin cells and leaving skin feeling soft. For this DIY facial peel, simply mash up a medium tomato and mix in the juice of a lime. (If you can puree these in a blender, that works best.) Apply the mixture to your face in a thin layer and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. When I tried this one specifically for this article, it made my skin radiant after I applied my favorite moisturizer. (Be careful, though. Because of the properties of citrus fruits, this one can sting and cause a little redness at first. It all goes away, of course, when you apply your favorite moisturizer. And you’ll like the glow your skin has when you’re all done.)
4) Pineapple and papaya peel: Papaya is another citrus fruit that makes for a great facial peel that sloughs off those dead skin cells. Remove the seeds and peel of a papaya. Cut it up and place a couple slices in a blender. Add in a couple slices of pineapple and 2 tablespoons honey. (Add in a few drops of water if necessary. You want it to be a paste.) Put the mixture in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Then apply it to your face, leave it on for another 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
5) Avocado: Avocado is another miracle product of nature because it helps to reduce the appearance of scars. This one will address any hyperpigmentation issues you might have. Mash up half an avocado and add in an egg white. Mix it, apply it to your skin, and leave on for about 15 minutes. The egg white in this one will tighten your skin, and mixed together, it also kills dead skin cells.
These are all great DIY facial peels if you like to do things the natural way. Of course, don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic to, and be mindful that citrus peels can cause redness and stinging.