Nothing like adding another baby to your family to guarantee you will look 10 years older overnight. Not to mention the fun filled summer that came and went where we all took our fun vacations and our faces got a nice healthy dose of Vitamin D sunshine. Maybe too healthy of a dose. Now the nice tan is fading and all that’s left is some beaten down skin with a few extra crows feet. And maybe like me you’re unable to just sleep yourself back into looking beautiful due to a crazy 6 month old and an energetic toddler. BUT you don’t actually NEED to go spend a few hundred dollars to refresh your face and get back its glow. The key to a successful peel is right in your kitchen, and with a little elbow grease you will be able to do it all yourself! Here are a few fail safe recipes for all skin types that seriously work:
I am going to start with the least evasive peels so that you can ease your skin into the more hardcore stuff after it has had some time to adjust. By all means skip the first and head to the heavy duty if you know your skin is good to go. But for more sensitive skin, I recommend starting slow and working your way up.
Cucumber and aloe vera juice have natural astringent properties that kills bacteria and green and chamomile teas have calming properties to help provide balance.
– Cut the cucumber and remove the peel and the seeds. Put slices into a blender. Pour the puree into a cheesecloth or towel and drain the liquid into a bowl.
– Add Aloe Vera, Green Tea or Chamomile Tea and Unflavored Gelatin (or substitute) to the cucumber liquid.
– Pour mixture into a saucepan over low heat and mix to dissolve the gelatin.
– Refrigerate 30 minutes and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes.
– Remove with warm water.
Packed with zinc, antioxidants, and vitamins, pumpkins protect your skin from wrinkles and age spots as well as gently exfoliating for a more radiant complexion.
– Peel a pumpkin and cut into chunks.
– Place chunks, strings and seeds into a bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave for 3 minutes.
– Puree. Add one egg. For oily skin add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. For dry skin add a tablespoon of raw honey.
– Apply to face and neck and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
An aspirin peel contains salicylic acid that may help reduce excessive oil and acne. Adding a lemon and gelatin peel will firm and tone while the antioxidants in the juice will protect and nourish the skin. Both will exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin by removing dead, dry skin cells. Avoid using if your skin is sensitive or if you have open sores. Oh yeah, and if you’re allergic to aspirin of course…..
– Place 6 to 12 non-coated adult aspirin into a small bowl. Mash the aspirin to a powder with the back of a spoon.
– Squeeze juice from a fresh lemon into the powder forming a paste. Add juice as needed to create the right consistency. Allow time for the mixture to thicken.
– With clean hands, use two fingers to apply the peel. You can apply just to problem areas or to your entire face and neck.
– Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
– Put one tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water. Use a cotton ball to apply this to your face. the baking soda will neutralize the peel.
– Rinse with warm water.
TIPS: Keep all peels away from the eye area. Remove if there is too much discomfort. Know your skin and what it can handle. You will feel tingling or hot sensations, I like it but some skin types may not. Start slow and work your way up. And don;t forget your neck! Your 65 year old self will thank you later.
One bonus to help restore your dry hair back to it’s thick full and lustrous self overnight!!!
You can take the easy route and just throw some virgin coconut oil on your hair and leave it on overnight. OR you can mix these top favs together for a super powered miracle mask! (P.s. The coconut oil alone will work miracles too). Do a hair mask 1-2 times a week and you won’t even recognize yourself. You have my word.