You may have tried glycolic acid treatments at the spa, but not until our friends at Hello Natural filled us in did we realize that these peels are made with ingredients you can find in your very own kitchen. Pour a pitcher of lemon water, put on something more comfortable, and try this brightening, revjuvenating at-home facial that’s perfect for spring.
Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit acids and are among some of the best ways to exfoliate your skin. Breaking down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, they help slough off the dead skin cells, loosen dirt, makeup, and clogged pores to reveal smooth skin beneath. There are several types of fruit acids that you can find in skincare products today, and they also can be easily made with a few fresh ingredients at home. Just be sure you are following any fruit acid treatment or mask with the proper sunscreen, the last thing you’ll want to do is subject those fresh skin cells to sun damage!
5 Exfoliating Face Masks To Make At Home
Lactic acid is one of the more gentle fruit acids, ideal for sensitive skin and fighting acne. Lactic acid is commonly found in milk and other fruits, this yogurt and grapefruit mask can be applied weekly for optimal benefits. Try it here!
Tartaric acid is naturally found in grapes and bananas, and when applied topically it can smooth the skin, enhancing your skin’s natural glow. Champagne, which is derived from grapes, is an easily available source of tartaric acid, and this detoxifying treatment is a great choice for a light alpha hydroxy mask. Try it here!
Citric acid can be found in various citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and limes. Citric acid has many benefits for the skin, from lightening pigmentation and acne spots to improving the overall texture of skin. Try this lemon and milk facial mask to inject some citric acid into your beauty routine. Try it here!
Malic acid is most abundantly found in apples. It can reduce signs of aging, help alleviate acne, and promote collagen production. You can enjoy malic acid as a treatment in an apple cider vinegar peel. Try it here!
Glycolic acid is one of the most effective rapid exfoliators available. It’s derived from sugar cane and has tremendous success regenerating the surface layers of the skin. Using a few ingredients from home, this glycolic acid mask can be applied once a week. Make this gylcolic acid mask below!
The Honey Lemon Facial Mask
2 tablespoons raw organic sugar
2 tablespoons raw honey
juice of ½ lemon
You’ll want the sugar to be as fine as possible, so if it’s coarse you’ll want to use a coffee grinder or blender to break it down. Then combine the sugar and honey in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and mix well. Apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water after 5-10 minutes.
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