Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, or more commonly known as AHA. Glycolic acid can be found naturally in sugar cane and other fruit sugars. It is a dermatology treatment to enhance the texture and health of the skin. Glycolic acid, when applied as peel, acts as an outstanding exfoliant and peeling agent. The enzymes in the glycolic acid remove dead skin cells and improve skin complexion. A glycolic peel can also make skin softer and younger looking by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Glycolic acid works by chemically loosening the bonds between the top layers of skin cells, so that they are exfoliated easily and quickly, which encourages new skin cell growth and removes dead or damaged cells. This gives the skin a refreshed glow and also reduces acne breakouts. These days, glycolic acid peel treatment has become quite popular due to its anti aging and anti acne benefits. Many dermatologists offer glycolic acid treatment as part of their services, but they are of course quite expensive. However, you can make safe and natural alternatives from items that you may already have in your kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of glycolic acid peel that you can easily make at home.
Cane sugar and honey peel (anti-aging)
Ingredients: Cane sugar, honey, lemon juice
Take 2 tsp of cane sugar and add 2 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey and mix well. Wait for some time so that the sugar granules get dissolved. Now spread it on your face evenly and wait for 20 minutes. Wash off with plain water. This peel can help reducing acne and pimple marks and also adds glow to the skin. Besides that, it works on reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
(In absence of cane sugar, plain sugar can also be used)
Papaya and pineapple peel (anti-acne)
Ingredients: Pineapple, papaya, honey
Cut the pineapple and papaya into small slices. Take 1 cup of pineapple slices and ½ cup of papaya slices. Mash them in a food processor. Add 1 tbsp of honey with the mashed fruits and mix well. Apply the mixture nicely on your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Wash it away with warm water and splash some cold water on the face at the end. In addition to glycolic acid, pineapple contains a protein-digestive enzyme, known as bromelain helps to remove dead skin cells and dirt and thus clearing the pores and reducing the chances of acne/pimple. Honey calms and moisturizes the skin and the papain enzyme, present in papaya adds a glow to the skin.
Cucumber and egg white peel (anti-aging)
Ingredients: Cucumber, egg white, lemon juice
Take ¼ of a cucumber and peel it. Put it in a food processor to make a pulp out of it. Add 1 egg white and 1 tsp of lemon juice to it and mix thoroughly. Apply this nicely and evenly on your face. Lie down or just relax for 20 minutes and then cleanse off. This is a great anti aging peel. Cucumber reduces hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Egg white tightens the skin and lemon juice acts as a natural exfoliant.
Strawberry and grape peel (anti-aging and anti acne both)
Ingredients: strawberries, green grapes, honey, yogurt
Take ¼ cup of unripe, green grapes and strawberries each and put them in a food processor to make a pulp. Take 1 tbsp of honey and warm up a little bit so that it becomes a little runny. Now add 2 tbsp of plain, unflavored yogurt to the honey and put the fruit pulp as well and mix thoroughly. Spread this mask on your face gently, leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Strawberry is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. All these make strawberry an excellent skin cleanser. It removes impurities from the skin and thus protecting against acne and pimples. Grape protects the skin from the harmful effect of free radicals and reverses the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Lemon and orange peel (anti-aging)
Ingredients: 1 lemon, 1 orange, 1 packet unflavored gelatin
Take out the juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange and mix them. Now add 1 packet of unflavored gelatin to the juice-mix and heat slightly, so that the gelatin gets dissolved. Now let this mixture to cool down. Apply this on your face gently, let it stay for 15 minutes and rinse off. Gelatin has a softening effect on skin and as it dries, it tightens the skin and makes it firm. Lemon and orange juice exfoliates the skin and reduces pigmentation.
Milk and Honey peel (anti-acne and anti-aging)
Ingredients: Milk and honey
Stir 2 tbsp of honey and 2 tbsp of milk together and apply it on your face evenly. Once it dries, cleanse off with warm, damp wash cloth. This is one of the simplest glycolic acid peel treatment at home, but it has great anti-aging properties. Milk has lactic acid, which is a great natural exfoliant. Milk also prevents pre mature aging. Apart from glycolic acid, honey contains anti-bacterial properties that keep acne and pimples at bay. Honey also acts as a natural moisturizer.
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Few things to remember before using glycolic acid peel
- Always apply the glycolic acid peel off mask on a clean face
- Avoid eye area while applying
- Follow up the glycolic acid peel treatment with an application of your favorite moisturizer.
- Avoid sunlight as much as you can for at least a couple of days after you do this treatment
- Use this masks either bi-weekly or monthly
- Fruits like lemon, orange etc contain lots of citric acid, so be careful with how much you use. Too much can cause acid burns.
So girls, enjoy a satisfying natural spa experience right there in the comfort of your home with any of the above mentioned peel off masks. They are simple and affordable and moreover can make your skin naturally flawless and glowing 🙂