Taking care of your skin is important. It is the largest organ of the human body and is the shield that protects us against hot and cold and environmental pollutants. Our facial skin is equally as important and treating it with care on a daily basis is crucial for maintaining its vibrancy. There are many facial treatments that are available on the market, but some of the best facial masks and peels can be found using homemade ingredients. If you are looking to rejuvenate your skin and improve its youthfulness, below are some great ideas on how to create an invigorating facial peel right there at home.
Papaya and gelatine peel
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain that helps to eliminate dead skin from the surface. It also is packed with vitamin A which helps to reduce white spots and even out skin tone. It is easy to create a papaya and gelatine peel at home. All you need is one large papaya, a package of unflavoured gelatine and mineral water.
To make: peel papaya and remove the seeds. Use a blender or a food processor to blend thoroughly. Use a strainer to separate the juice and store for later. In a separate pan heat up the gelatine until it dissolves into a liquid-like substance. Mix the papaya juice and gelatine together. Place in the refrigerator until firm. Use a spatula or flat spoon and apply directly onto face. Let dry for 10 to 20 minutes. Peel off starting from the chin up to the forehead. Wash skin completely with warm water and unscented soap.
Cucumber and green tea
Aloe vera is a super nutrient for the skin. It moisturises and alleviates fine lines and wrinkles. Cucumber is a natural astringent and tightens skin and also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
To Make: peel one large cucumber. Take out the seedy centre and cut into small slices. Place in a blender or food processor. Strain in strainer and store for later. In a separate pan boil water and add two packets of green tea. Heat up gelatine until completely dissolved. Add cucumber, aloe vera and gelatine in a small bowl and refrigerate until firm. When firm, distribute evenly to the face and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. When dry, peel from the chin up to the forehead. Rinse with warm water.
Pumpkin is one of the absolute best ways you can hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Pumpkin contains an enzyme that eats leftover dead skin. Regular and consistent use of pumpkin peels can help fight free radicals, improve texture and fight off dead skin cells. The result? Some of the healthiest and brightest skin you could ever imagine.
How to make: you will need to gut (remove the inner contents) of one small to medium sized pumpkin. Empty contents into a small bowl and remove all seeds. Because pumpkin guts are already mashed up, place in a blender on low for 15 seconds. Add one egg to the mixture and blend on low for 10 more seconds. Remove contents and place in a small bowl. Apply evenly all over face. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Coffee has been gaining popularity around the world for its use in fighting against common skin abnormalities. Many high end spas and expensive topical treatments for the face contain coffee grounds. Coffee tightens pores, fights against free radicals and contains anti-wrinkle properties. The good thing about coffee masks is that they are super simple to make, all you need is leftover coffee grounds and some olive oil.
How to make: you can either take the coffee grounds directly from your normal coffee bag or reuse the grounds from an already brewed coffee batch. In a small bowl pour a half a package of dry or dampened coffee grounds. If the coffee is dry, add warm water to dampen. Next, add enough olive oil until the consistency becomes paste like. Apply directly to skin and massage in circular like movements for 3 to 5 minutes. Apply all over face and leave on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply a non-scented moisturiser. Combine this coffee scrub with the natural peels mentioned above for best skin results.