In recent articles we talked about the importance of exfoliating regularly for a healthy, glowing skin – read Healthy Glowing Skin and Exfoliating the Skin. Now you can make you own exfoliating glycolic peel at home – it’s easy and….it works!
Glycolic acid is naturally found in sugar cane or other fruit acids. It is an outstanding exfoliator and peeling agent. The enzymes in the glycolic acid remove dead skin cells, improving skin’s tone and appearance. A glycolic peel can also make your skin softer and younger looking, but it can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so take care to apply sunscreen if you use glycolic acid based products – even ones you make at home.
For a basic glycolic acid peel, all you need is about 1/2 teaspoon of mixture for each facial cleansing. You can mix your own glycolic acid peel at home using pureed sugar cane – just puree enough to yield 1/2 tsp. of the sugar – or dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of cane sugar crystals in a drop of warm water and apply directly to the face; let it sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse. The enzymes in the sugar will dissolve the dead skin cells which will be removed when you rinse with water.
Mixing honey into the pureed sugar cane helps reduce redness of skin after the peel and provides skin with additional moisture.
Mix together the following for an effective peel (it’s good enough to eat too!)
1 cup of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup of papaya
2 tablespoons of honey
This mixture is pureed in the blender and applied to the face to remove dead skin cells.
Why this works: Pineapple contains bromelain, a protein-digestive enzyme which helps rid the skin of dead cells and dirt. Papaya contains papain, a natural enzyme that removes dead skin cells and the honey calms and moisturizes the skin.
Another option for your at-home peel is a remedy that has been used for great looking skin for thousands of years. A milk and honey mixture can be another option for a chemical peel using natural acids.
This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of milk.
Mix the two ingredients together into a paste and apply to face and neck. Let dry and wash off with warm, damp wash cloth.
Why this works: Milk contains lactic acid which is another natural exfoliant. The honey has properties that make it an anti-irritant and antimicrobial. Honey is also an excellent moisturizer and safe enough to use on babies. The milk and honey peel soothes red, dry skin and nourishes skin with vitamins A and D.
Let us know about your favorite at-home glycolic peel recipe.
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