Do It Yourself (DIY) facial peels are a great way to save money, and control the ingredients you expose your skin to, while using natural fragrances that appeal to your senses. Listed below are five easy, inexpensive DIY facial peels that you can do at home without any formal training, along with ingredient lists and instructions. Steens Manuka honey from New Zealand is a premium manuka honey. Steens Manuka is unique as it is unpasteurized and raw, has full traceability. Please take care when using these recipes and any DIY facial peels – if at any time you have pain or discomfort, wash off immediately.
With all of these facial peels, begin by washing your face with warm water, and patting it dry. Do not use peels within a few days of heavy exfoliation unless you want red, irritated skin!
Milk and Orange Peel
I love this DIY recipe because it’s fast, cheap, and extremely mild. You could substitute any citrus peel, but I really love the combination of orange and milk. Thanks to Rachel Adams at Fire & Fusion Glass for this recipe.
You will need:
1 Orange, grated (you need the rind, so feel free to eat the orange!)
½ Cup Milk (I used Whole, but 2% works as well)
Grate your orange and set the rind aside. Measure out your milk in a small bowl, leaving enough room for mixing the ingredients together. Add the rind and mix well – I don’t recommend adding orange juice, because it can cause the milk to clump-up. Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes, and then scoop the mixture onto your face with your fingers. This DIY facial peel is extremely runny, so I recommend doing it in the shower or bath if possible, or at least over a sink with a towel handy. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse well.
Lemon and Honey Peel
This is my personal favorite among the recipes listed here. Honey is a very mild ingredient in facial peels, but the lemon adds extra oomph to help exfoliate your skin. I found this recipe over at Elegant Miss.
You will need:
1 Lemon, halved (store or discard half)
1 tsp Honey
Smear the honey onto the cut piece of lemon, ideally over a small bowl or cup in order to save the inevitable drops of excess honey. Rub the lemon over your entire face, avoiding your eyes and any highly sensitive areas you may have, with a bit of pressure. Wait 20 minutes, and then rinse off the mixture – another situation where the shower is ideal, but you certainly can rinse over the sink. This DIY facial peel is mild enough to use twice or even three times a week, provided you aren’t using any other peels or scrubs that might aggravate the skin and cause the lemon juice to burn.
Apple Juice and Gelatin Peel
This DIY facial peel is absolutely not for the faint of heart. It’s designed to help remove the dead skin at the surface, leaving a fresher, healthier layer for the world to see – and it works, complete with pain and redness. I recommend only using this mixture on your chin and nose to start; I won’t be using it on my cheeks or neck again anytime soon, and keep it far away from your eyes. That being said, it does what it’s supposed to do, without hardly any expense or fanfare. This recipe comes from Cari over at Everything Pretty.
You will need:
¼ Cup Apple Juice (100%, any variety including organic)
1 TBSP of plain Gelatin (Unsweetened and not dyed)
Start heating water in your double boiler to a soft simmer. Add the apple juice to the top pan; sprinkle in the gelatin, and mix well. Stir continuously over the simmer for 1 minute, and then remove from the heat. Pour the mixture into a glass and cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes (you do NOT want this to set-up completely, or you’ll have to start over). Remove the mixture and apply to your face using your fingertips, and leave it on for 30 minutes while trying not to move your face. Peel off slowly, and rinse well.
Fruit Puree and Corn Starch Peel
One of the best parts of this facial peel is eating the other half of the fruits. You can save any excess amount for 24-hours in the ‘fridge provided you haven’t added any corn starch to the mixture — a smoothie for after, perhaps?
You will need:
1 Papaya, halved (nom the rest, or save for another day)
1 Mango, halved (om-nom-nom)
1 Lemon, quartered (you only need 1/4th of this one instead of ½)
1 tsp Corn Starch
A Food Processor
This delicious combination is great for anyone with dry, blotchy skin. Cut your mango and papaya into halves, peel, and then seed both before cutting them into small chunks; add your quarter of lemon, with the peel. Blend the lot together in your food processor until smooth. Add the corn starch, and mix together. Apply a thick layer to any problem areas on your face and neck (or use as a full-coverage mask), and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing well. For further tips read Deborah Dunham’s blog post for YouBeauty.
Egg White and Tissue Peel
This fast, simple DIY facial peel is the cheapest of the list, and is great for removing dry skin gently. Calliegh at BeautyTips4Her published this recipe.
You will need:
Thin Tissue Paper
Egg White (of 1 Egg)
Soft-bristle Brush (disposable works great; check DollarTree)
Begin by separating the egg white from the yolk (I discarded mine), and whisking it briefly in your bowl. Using the brush, spread the egg white over your face, taking care to avoid your eyes or any other tender regions. I recommend using it just on your nose, chin, and possibly cheeks the first time. Place the tissue paper on your still-sticky skin, and pat gently to adhere; follow with a second coating of egg white over the tissue. Allow to dry completely, and then gently peel the tissue from your skin. Rinse well once it’s removed and pat dry.