Question: How can I make an all natural chemical facial peel at home?
Answer: With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get the radiant and healthy skin you have always wanted. All-natural facial peels are a great way to exfoliate your skin without using anything questionable that might irritate your skin or create tiny tears in the epidermis. They work by “eating” away at dead skin, revealing brighter, clearer skin. With regular use, chemical exfoliants can reduce fine lines, and even out skin tone. Many people go to spas for pro chemical peels, but these can be pricey and sometimes harsh on the skin. You don’t need to shell out huge amounts of money to get the chemical exfoliation you’re looking for; you can make an at-home chemical peel with a few household items that you probably already have lying around!
Many fruits contain acids that can gently exfoliate your skin. A popular choice is lemon. Using a cotton pad, wipe some fresh lemon juice over clean skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. Follow up with a moisturizer and your skin will look and feel rejuvenated and radiant. If you’re feeling a bit more creative, you can make a mask using lemon juice. I really enjoy mixing some lemon juice, honey, and raw oatmeal and slathering it on my face for about 15 minutes before washing it off. The juice of the lemon brightens and exfoliates the skin, and the honey is a natural humectant and therefore moisturizes and retains moisture, while the oatmeal soothes the skin. You can use many other fruits–strawberries are also quite exfoliating and they also contain salicylic acid, which is known for treating acne!
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which can also act as chemical peel. I find the best way to use yogurt for skin exfoliation is by simply creating a mask. Lactic acid is much gentler on the skin than most fruit acids, so this is a great option for sensitive skin. You can apply some unsweetened yogurt to your visage straight from the tub, or, you can mix it with other ingredients like oatmeal, honey, strawberries, or even an essential oil to create a face mask multitasker.
With a few of these tricks up your sleeve, you can now reap the benefits of giving your skin an all-natural facial peel without breaking the bank.