A facial peel perks up the looks of the skin by exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines, pimple scars and, even-toning the facial skin. The peels comprise of a combination of chemicals and natural acids. Whereas an at home chemical facial treatment can make your skin looking much younger and more glowing; a deeper chemical peel can remove wrinkles, fine lines, signs of aging, make the stretch marks less visible, avert age spots, pigmentation, freckles blemishes and help in preventing blackheads, whiteheads and revitalizing your skin.
Homemade organic peels can be made by using fruits to vegetables, gram powder to protein based dry fruits, water to milk and many other natural ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen. These natural at home chemical facial peels work efficiently to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells paving way for new cells to develop, and turning dry, rough and flaky skin into even-toned smooth skin.
To make these natural facial peels, truly natural acids are used as they are derived from fresh fruits and milk products that have distinctive “peeling” characteristics and are “the real organic thing”. So, they are all natural, containing no harmful unnatural chemicals or skin damaging ingredients.
Apply these inexpensive DIY Face Peels right there in your home by simply using the ingredients, most of which are already available in your pantry, and enjoy a satisfying natural spa experience.
How To Make A Homemade Face Chemical Peel
There are mainly two kinds of organic chemical face peels, based on alpha and beta hydroxyl acids that can be made from organic sources, such as citrus fruits, sugar cane and willow bark. Both AHA and BHA work as mild chemical exfoliants and help in sloughing off dead surface cells to reveal the fresh healthier skin underneath.
In spite of this similarity, whereas water-soluble AHAs are generally used as remedy to treat dry skin, lipid-soluble BHA is generally suitable for oily skin.
AHA and BHA chemical peels exist in many forms, including prescription-strength – dermatologist administered treatments and less-concentrated, over-the-counter products available in the market without prescription. A third alternative is a milder choice, homemade chemical facial peel recipes simply using natural ingredients.
How To Make And Use An AHA Chemical Facial Peel At Home
1. AHA Chemical Face Peel:
(i) Put white cane sugar and plain yogurt / curd, in equal parts, into a mixing glass bowl. These two ingredients are natural sources of glycolic acid, members of the alpha hydroxyl acids family.
(ii) Whip the two ingredients together to form a little granulated paste.
(iii) Using your fingertips, apply a lavish layer of sugar and yogurt mix onto your face, avoiding your eyes.
(iv) Allow the face peel to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water.
How To Make And Use A BHA Chemical Facial Peel At Home
2. BHA Chemical Face Peel:
(i) Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water into a glass mixing bowl. Mix the two ingredients together till the baking soda is dissolved, and then keep it aside. This will act as a neutralizer for the acid.
(ii) Put about 12 uncoated aspirin in a shallow dish. It’s a source of salicylic acid, a kind of BHA.
(iii) Sprinkle lemon juice over the aspirins. The function of lemon juice is dual; one it provides the exfoliating characteristic of an AHA, and two it also facilitates dissolving of aspirin tablets. Use a spoon to mash the aspirin into a thin paste. If required, add in more lemon juice. This thin paste is your BHA chemical face peel.
(iv) With the help of your fingertips spread smoothly the peel over your face, avoiding eye area. Let the peel dry for 10 minutes, and then wipe it off with a cotton ball soaked in the baking soda neutralizer.
3. Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Green Tea And Gelatin Face Peel:
This at home face peel has lesser acidity content, suitable for sensitive skin. Also you can start with this facial peel to let your skin adjust to chemical peel treatments. Later you can go for higher acidity content. This soothing peel contains chamomile and green tea to soothe your skin and relieve puffiness. Aloe Vera nurtures and moisturizes your skin. Cucumber acts as a potent natural astringent that kills bacteria, tightens your skin and even out wrinkles and fine lines.
(i) Wash 1 small cucumber, peel it and remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber into small chunks and put them in a blender and blend them well. Strain the puree through a sieve or clean cloth to drain the liquid into a bowl and set it aside for later use.
(ii) Make 1/2 cup each of chamomile tea and green tea, using boiling water and 2 teaspoons of each tea. Allow them to sit on low heat for few minutes until you have 1/4 cup of each, and then strain and mix them.
(iii) Pour the mixture into a small pan and add in 1 small package of unflavored gelatin. Gently warm this concoction over low heat and stir it to dissolve the gelatin fully. When completely dissolved, add in the cucumber liquid and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice or gel and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
(iv) Allow the final mixture to cool down and place the bowl in a fridge until it becomes thickened, but still liquid enough to be applied.
(v) Apply the mixture gently and evenly on your cleaned face and neck, using a facial masks brush or spatula – avoiding your eyes and upper lip area.
(vi) Lie down, relax and let the mask sit until it dries out.
(vii) Remove the peel, starting under your chin and peeling it off in an upward motion – this will tickle a bit. Finish with rinsing it off with warm water and pat-drying your skin with a soft clean towel.
4. Papaya And Gelatin At Home Face Chemical Peel: This DIY Papaya Face Peel helps in removing dead skin cells, thanks to its enzyme papain content.
(i) Peel 1 fresh fully ripe papaya, remove its seeds and cut it in small chunks. Place these in a blender and blend them completely into a lumps free smooth paste. Strain this through a sieve and set it aside for later use.
(ii) Pour 3-4 tablespoons of mineral water in a small pan and add in 1 package of unflavored gelatin. Gently warm this concoction over low heat and stir it to dissolve the gelatin fully. Pour this in a small bowl and add in papaya juice.
(iii) Allow the final mixture to cool down and place the bowl in a fridge until it becomes thickened, but still liquid enough to be applied. This process will take about 25-30 minutes.
(iv) Apply the mixture gently and evenly on your cleaned face and neck, using a facial masks brush or spatula and avoiding your eyes and upper lip area.
(v) Lie down, relax and let the mask sit until it dries out.
(vi) Remove the peel, starting under your chin and peeling it off in an upward motion – this will tickle a bit. Finish with rinsing it off with lukewarm water and pat-drying your skin with a clean soft towel.
5. Tomato, Orange, Lime And Gelatin Homemade Chemical Face Peel Mask: This is the best face peel mask to reinstate your skin’s pH level. While orange and lime juice exfoliate, the gelatin facilitates to firm and tone up your skin. Tomato not only works to reinstate the natural pH balance of your skin, but is also a great natural treatment for blemishes and skin spots.
(i) Pour 1/2 cup of water, 1 table spoon each of fresh orange and lime juice in a small pan. Add in 1 package of unflavored gelatin into the pan. Gently warm the mixture over a low heat, while constantly stirring the mixture until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Peel a washed fully ripe tomato and puree it into a chunk-free pulp in a blender. Slowly add in and stir the tomato puree in the gelatin mixture.
(ii) Allow the final mixture to cool down and place the bowl in a fridge until it becomes thickened, but still liquid enough to be applied. This process will take about 25 minutes.
(iii) Apply the mixture gently and evenly on your cleaned face and neck, using a facial masks brush or spatula and avoiding your eyes and upper lip area.
(iv) Lie down, relax and let the mask sit until it dries out.
(v) Remove the peel, starting under your chin and peeling it off in an upward motion – this will tickle a bit. Finish with rinsing it off with lukewarm water and pat-drying your skin with a clean towel.
6. Glycolic Acid Natural Facial Peel: Glycolic acid is natural derivative of sugar cane and a member of alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) family. It works as a gentle chemical exfoliant and is capable of penetrating and loosening the surface layer of skin, thereby helps easy removal of dead skin cells. A consistent topical application of glycolic acid can lighten skin spots and remove fine lines. Due to this characteristic, it is very often used in anti-aging skin care products. This acid is also commonly used in acne remedies, because of its mild drying effect and capability to cleanse out the skin pores.
(i) Pour 1/4 cup of white cane sugar into a mixing bowl. Avoid using large granule sugar, as it can graze or nick the skin.
(ii) Slowly add in lemon juice, while stirring it until the mixture forms a uniform paste. Lemon juice has citric acid, a type of AHA. Mixing it with white cane sugar enhances the effectiveness of glycolic acid peel.
(iii) With help of your fingertips dab the mask along T-zone and cheekbones. Apply the peel evenly onto your face and neck by using your fingertips in small circular motions. Start from the nose and move out toward your hairline, avoiding eyes.
(iv) Allow the peel to sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
(v) Finish with applying a mild facial moisturizer to save skin from glycolic acid’s mild drying effects.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) Glycolic acid peels may result into mild skin irritation, redness or some flaking. Discontinue its use, if such reactions get intense.
(ii) You can keep white sugar and lemon juice mixture in a fridge for up to 4 days.
7. Papaya, Pineapple And Honey – Homemade Peel Face Mask: This mild fruit peel mask can easily be made at home with papaya, pineapple and organic honey. Whereas, pineapple and papaya contain natural enzymes and alpha hydroxyl acids that can shed off dead skin cells, the honey moisturizes your skin.
(i) Take 1/2 cup of pineapple and 1/4 cup of papaya, and blend them together, in a blender, into a fine paste. Add in 1/2 tablespoon of dark organic honey and mix all the natural ingredients thoroughly.
(ii) Apply the mask over your cleansed face and neck using your fingertips, avoiding eyes.
(iii) Lie down and relax, leaving the mask on for about 20 minutes.
(iv) Rinse of the mask with alternatively cold and lukewarm water first, and then with a splash of cold water. Pat dry your skin with a clean soft towel. If you feel your skin dry then apply a mild moisturizer to seal in the moisture inside.
8. Strawberries, Grape Juice, Honey And Yogurt At Home Face Peel: This chemical face peel uses natural acids that are derived from fruits to exfoliate the skin. Whereas, yogurt soothes, the honey make your skin feeling soft and silky smooth.
(i) Put 1/4 cup each of fresh organic strawberries and fresh sour grapes in a blender, and blend them into a lump-free smooth paste and keep it aside.
(ii) Warm up 1 tablespoon of dark organic honey in a small heating bowl that is immersed in hot water (or a few seconds in a microwave), until it gets runny. Make it sure that honey doesn’t get too hot.
(iii) Mix the strawberries and sour grapes paste with honey and add in 2 tablespoons of plain unflavored yogurt. Mix all the natural ingredients to make a fine smooth paste.
(iv) Apply the mixture gently and evenly on your cleaned face and neck, using a facial mask brush or spatula and avoiding your eyes.
(v) Lie down, relax and let the mask sit for about 20 minutes.
(vi)) Rinse of the mask with lukewarm water first, and then end with a splash of cold water. Pat dry your skin with a clean soft towel.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(a) In case of super sensitive skin, try replacing use of lemon juice with water.
(b) Do not indulge in over-exfoliation, as instead of helping it can damage your skin, so be careful while using facial peels.
(c) Always take care to do a patch test on a small patch of your skin (e.g. behind the ear) to check how your skin would react to different ingredients.
(d) In case you have sensitive skin, glycolic acid can increase risk of sunburn for up to a week after a treatment using glycolic acid, so wear a sunscreen or a moisturizer containing SPF to save your skin from sun-damage.
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