Its probably because of this teasing weather but my wishful thinking has got me thinking about springtime fruit season – and how we can use nature’s delicious candy for making DIY peels. But before we get into details, lets talk exfoliation basics.
There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Physical peels are scrubs. They physically remove dead skin cells by abrading them away – usually with some material such as sugar, salt, nut shells, wax pearls, or sometimes plastic beads (not a fan of the latter). Chemical peels do not scrub the skin, instead they digest dead skin cells. This is good for broken out skin that cannot risk breaking open pustules and spreading bacteria around the complexion. It is also good for skin types that cannot take the stimulation of physical abrasion. So, don’t be confused – you don’t need to use synthetic chemicals in order to have a chemical peel, you can use all-natural fruit enzymes to make a chemical peel in your very own kitchen.
DIY Fruit Acid Peels
Many fruits and vegetables have natural enzymes that digest dead skin cells. Fruit such as apple, kiwi, pineapple and citrus fruit are quite acidic and offer a strong peel, while fruit like banana, peach and papaya are more gentle on the skin.
To make a DIY peel:
1. Simply crush a tablespoon of one of these fruit. Its a great way to decrease waste as you can use the unwanted skins and peels. Win-win!
2. Apply this paste to clean skin for ten minutes. Sensitive skin types should start with 3 minutes.
3. Finally, rinse away with tepid water for a smoother, brighter complexion.
I would suggest only using the stronger enzyme peel ingredients on your body skin or when diluted. This is especially important for sensitive skins, which should always do a test patch before applying a peel to the full face. To dilute them, you can use yoghurt or grated raw potato, which also gentle peel the skin. Dilute them in a 1:1 ratio with the fruit enzyme and test on a skin patch.
Remember, your skin type, the fruit pH and dilution all contribute to the peel’s effects. When in doubt, consult a professional esthetician for guidance to what works for you.