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When you look in the mirror, do you see skin imperfections?  If you don’t have any, you are truly blessed.  For the rest of us, there are many things that can be done to correct the skin and improve its texture.  What are the best natural ingredients you can put on your skin?  Have you ever tried fruit acid peels? Better yet, do you know how to make a facial peel at home?

Fruit acid peels are used around the world by people who want to correct skin imperfections and little annoyances.  I’m talking skin spots, blotches or acne scars.   The acids in certain fruits help to cleanse the skin and exfoliate it at the same time.  It is very rejuvenating.  They help to tighten and brighten the skin.  They are an excellent alternative to more powerful chemical peels and are milder.  But why are fruit acids so effective?

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  1. The definition of peaches and cream is a smooth, attractive, unblemished complexion with pleasing coloring.

As we age and are exposed to the sun and other environmental elements, our skin’s turn-over rate gradual slows down, and this leaves our skin with a tired-looking and aged appearance.   Examine the skin of a toddler.  What will you find?  Skin that is soft, clear, rosy and fresh looking.   That’s because their older skin cells are constantly and rapidly being replaced by newer cells. As we age, that dewy look starts to fade or it becomes harder and harder to achieve.  But, once again, there are little tips and tricks to get our skin behaving like a baby’s again.

Why Are Fruit Acids Good For Facial Masks and Peels?

Have you ever heard of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)? You may have seen this ingredient in acne treatments or in anti-aging formulas.  Fruit acids are actually alpha hydroxy acids and very common in the beauty products around the world.  But these acids have been used for centuries by famous women esteemed for their beauty.  Fruit acids loosen the gooey substances that hold skin cells together, and they eat away, so to speak, at this dead layer of skin cells and unclog pores.  When this happens, fresher, younger skin emerges and wrinkles, sun spots and acne blemishes will be softened.

What Fruit Should I Choose When Making A Facial Peel or Mask?

You can choose from a number of different fruits.  Citrus fruit such as lemon and grapefruit are excellent.  Grapes, pears and apples are also a good alternative, as well as mango, papaya, pineapple and tomato.

More powerful acids can be used if you want to kick it up a notch.  Lactic acid and glycolic acid are very effective.  Milk, yogurt and sugar fall into this category.

Remember that yogurt and milk contain lactic acid and zinc and this is helpful for acne-prone skin. Pineapple will help eliminate toxins and brighten dull skin. Strawberries help to shrink pores and reduce swelling and redness.

Always use fresh ingredients and if you can get organic, that would be the best choice.

With any fruit facial peel, it is a good idea to include a teaspoon or two of raw honey to the mix.  Fruit peels can, depending on your skin type, irritate the skin.  This “irritation” is not a bad thing; the fruit acids are just gradually removing the top layer of dead skin.  Honey will help with the irritation or redness and it will also add moisturization and smoothness to the skin.  I can’t recommend honey enough.  It is your friend.

Are you ready to make your very own facial peel at home?  Let’s begin.

Step One – Combine

After removing the peel and core of the fruit, mash thoroughly in a bowl.  Add yogurt or cream and about a teaspoon of honey so that you have a mixture that is of the right consistency to apply to the face.  The sky’s the limit really when it comes to the fruit and milk combinations.  Just experiment to find a formula that works for you.

Step Two – Clean And Steam

Begin by cleansing your skin, preferably with steam to open your pores and to allow the peel to get deeper into your skin.  Then apply the acid treatment to your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes.

Step Three – Rinse, Rinse, Rinse

Clean your skin after the treatment has been left on for the desired amount of time.  Splash with cool water.  You may even cleanse the skin again if you feel the need to.  Now apply a toner and a good moisturizer.

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As a word of caution, if you are allergic to any fruit, you may want to avoid it when making your facial peel as it will probably react negatively.  Remember your skin “eats” whatever you put on it.

Also, if you have sensitive skin, it is a good idea to do a test before applying the fruit peel to your face. Test it on the innermost part of your arm before applying to see if there are any bad reactions.  And do not leave the fruit peel on your face for more than 10 – 15 minutes.  Fruit acids are milder than most other acids, but remember, they are still acids, so you want to respect them. 

So who knew that fruit was more than an ingredient in your favorite pie! With consistent use, you should see a younger and brighter complexion, thanks to the amazing action of these wholesome and delicious fruit acids.

Do you use fruit acids in your skin care regimen?  If so, what do you use and how do you use it?

 

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