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Are you in need of a bit of pampering? Making your own facial peels at home will provide you with a spa-like experience without the cost of visiting the salon. Another advantage to DIY skincare is that you can whip up your own peel using ingredients commonly found in the kitchen. The best part? Each of these contains no more than two ingredients. A peel need not be complex to be effective.

DIY Facial Peel

Tomato cucumber peel for acne-prone skin

Tomatoes and cucumbers may sound a bit like a vegetable salad, but with regular use, this duo may help to fade mild acne scars over time.


Cucumber is extremely soothing. Possessing toning qualities, applying cucumber can help to calm and revitalize the skin. We all know how cucumber slices applied to the eyes can reduce puffiness, right? The same effect works when mashed cucumber is applied to the skin. Many believe that cucumbers can reduce inflammation and help to fade acne scars with regular use.

I like to combine this peel recipe with antioxidant tomatoes. For this, buy a small jar of tomato paste at the grocery store. I think tomatoes are one of the most underrated skin foods out there. A recent study in Great Britain showed that regular consumption of lycopene-rich tomatoes (specifically paste) can help protect skin from UVA damage as well as prevent premature aging. The tomato paste also helps to absorb excess sebum. In addition, when combined with cucumber, slight skin lightening can occur. This is how the cucumber-tomato cocktail can help to treat and fade acne scars.

Combine equal parts mashed cucumber to tomato paste. Apply to cleansed skin and let sit for 10 minutes or so. Rinse with tepid water.

Pumpkin lavender peel for dry, sensitive skin

While we often associate pumpkins with Halloween, you can find pure packed pumpkin a cans year 'round at the grocery store. Not just for making pies, I love to use pure pumpkin in my kale smoothies and in homemade skincare recipes. My pumpkin peel features just two ingredients and is ideal for your troubled skin with dry patches.

To make, simply combine two tablespoons of pure pumpkin and blend in 5 or 6 drops of pure lavender essential oil. Pumpkin soothes, hydrates and protects the skin with its abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein. Lavender essential oil has always been a favorite of mine because of its ability to be calming and soothing to sensitive and irritated skin.

This makes a thicker paste. Pat a liberal amount on your face and leave on for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Pineapple peel for skin brightening

Pineapple contains wonderful natural enzymes for the skin.  In fact, it is a key ingredient in enzyme peels at high end spas. Pineapple contains something called bromelain, which acts as a gentle exfoliant.

Skin benefits of pineapple include an increase in hydration, sloughing of dead skin cells, possible healing of acne scars and antioxidant protection.

This is the easiest peel you can make. In fact, it contains just a single ingredient: pineapple juice.

You can buy a fresh pineapple or you can purchase 100% pineapple juice. check the ingredients, because if it is not pure pineapple juice, it may contain sugar and unnecessary ingredients.

Using a skin brush or your hands, simply rub the juice into your skin. Please take care to avoid the delicate eye area, as the acids in the juice could sting. Let sit on the skin for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse with cool water.

In this day and age where people seem to be obsessed with their quest for the fountain of youth, I believe that the more natural approach, the better. Skin needs to be fed and nourished. Try these all-natural skincare recipes the next time you are looking for budget-friendly pampering.


Karley Ziegler Mott (64 Posts)

Karley has spent nearly two decades in the beauty and skincare industry, as a makeup artist and skincare specialist with a passion for green and natural products. After her children were born, she returned to her writing roots -- working as a magazine beauty editor, blogger and article writer for publications such as USA Today. She resides in New York with her husband and two sons.

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “DIY facial peels for healthy, glowing skin”


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    January 28, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Bromelain is a protein extract derived from the stems of pineapples, although it exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit.

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