The key to creating an at-home chemical peel is fruit juice. Fruit juice contains an acid that helps dissolve dead skin cells, leaving skin smooth and fresh. Chemical peels using fruit acid are referred to as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels, since certain fruits contain AHA. Also, creating your own fruit-based chemical peel is less harmful than chemical peels with synthetic chemicals.
Types of Acids
Many fruit acids can be used to create an all-natural chemical peel. Even though a homemade chemical peel is made from natural ingredients, it can still cause skin irritation in some people. For example, people with sunburn or people who are planning on going tanning should avoid chemical peels, since this can cause further skin irritation. Also, you should always be careful to avoid rubbing the mixture near your eyes.
Acids that can be used in homemade chemical peels are malic acid, which comes from apples; tartaric acid, which comes from grapes; citric acid, which comes from lemons, oranges and limes; and lactic acid, which comes not only from milk and yogurt, but also from blackberries. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which is a protease. Proteases help get rid of dead skin cells by breaking up proteins. Papaya contains papain, another type of protease.
When creating a chemical peel, the important thing is to provide your skin with a form of moisturizer. A great source for moisture is honey. When creating a peel, be sure to add about two tablespoons of honey.
Choose the type of fruit you would like to use. Feel free to use up to two different types of fruit. A good way to make an effective chemical peel is by using either pineapple or papaya as one of the ingredients. The proteases in the fruit will help smooth your skin by removing the dead skin cells. Begin by cutting up or crushing the fruit, making sure to remove all skins, pits, cores and seeds (with the exception of blackberries). Crush about a cup of pineapple or papaya and place it in a blender. Add about a half cup of the other cut-up or crushed fruit. Puree the mixture and add the two tablespoons of honey. Blend well until there are no chunks left.
Make sure to wash your face before applying the chemical peel. Smooth the mixture all over your face, avoiding the eyes, and leave on for no more than five minutes. If you have sensitive skin, leave the peel on for even less time. Rinse the peel off with cool water, then pat dry. Apply a skin moisturizer immediately afterward, preferably one that is fragrance- and alcohol-free. Do not use the peel more than once a week. Doing this can cause redness and irritation on your skin.
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