We’re waiting with bated breath to continue serving all our clients on their beautiful skin journey. But meanwhile, you might want to freshen up your skin with these DIY home peels. They’ll help break down the glue that keeps complexion-dulling dead skin cells hanging on. Peels remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, giving the face a smoother, more radiant appearance. They work to exfoliate top layers of cells and help clear up clogged pores, breakouts, dull skin and dry skin. They’re also good for minimising pores and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Homemade facials generally only use natural chemicals — naturally-derived acids, antioxidants, and moisturizers — to rejuvenate the skin.
They aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars, and enlarged pores while simultaneously evening the skin out and treating dark spots.
Incorporate a home peel no more than twice a week into your skincare regimen. Follow up with a rich moisturiser and, of course, sunscreen, and make sure not to touch or pick at your freshly exposed skin, which can lead to breakouts or even, in extreme cases, scarring. While peels are a good option for most skin types, those with sensitive skin and those using retinoids could experience irritation – so do check with your dermatologist before going the DIY route.
DIY chemical peel for dry skin: the AHA chemical peel
Ingredients: ¼ cup white cane sugar; ¼ cup yogurt.
Instructions: This homemade glycolic acid peel is a great option for those with dry, itchy, irritated skin. The cane sugar provides natural exfoliation while the yogurt helps to restore hydration. Try this nourishing option as a DIY chemical peel for dark spots, as the natural glycolic acid helps to even out the skin.
To make the AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) peel, mix the cane sugar and yogurt until you have a slightly granulated paste. Use your fingers to apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area. After 10 to 15 minutes wipe it off with a towel and cool water.
DIY chemical peel for oily skin: the BHA chemical peel
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon baking soda; 1 cup water; 12 uncoated aspirin tablets; Lemon juice.
Instructions: With this homemade chemical peel, aspirin delivers salicylic acid to wash away excess oil and encourage natural hydration. The baking soda acts as your homemade chemical peel neutraliser, which works against the acid of the lemon juice.
To make the BHA (beta hydroxy acid) peel, combine the baking soda with the water in a bowl and set the mixture aside. Place the aspirin in a shallow dish and sprinkle the lemon juice over the aspirin. Use the backside of a spoon to crush the aspirin into the lemon juice, creating a thick paste.
Use your fingers to spread the peel over your face, avoiding the eyes. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until dry, then wipe it off with a cotton ball soaked with the baking soda mixture.
DIY chemical peel for sensitive skin: cucumber and tea peel
Ingredients: 1 cup green tea; 1 cup chamomile tea; 1 small cucumber; 1 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin; 100 ml water.
Instructions: Irritated, itchy and dry skin gets tender care with this facial peel. The green tea calms irritated skin, while the cucumber provides ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which can soothe skin irritations and help reduce swelling.
To make this mask, steep the chamomile and green teas together in approximately 100 ml of water and add the unflavoured gelatin. Blend a cucumber until it resembles the consistency of a paste and add the cucumber juice to the tea and gelatin mixture.
Before applying to your face, allow the mix to cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to thicken. Apply to your face for between 15 and 20 minutes until dry and then peel off the mask using warm water.