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Make your own peeling: These are the best DIY recipes

Making a peeling yourself is really easy and the products are in no way inferior to the peelings you buy. We'll show you how to do it and share our three favorite and tried-and-tested DIY peeling recipes for your face and body. You'll also find out how often you should exfoliate and what the optimal skin care routine looks like afterwards. Ready? Let's get started right away!

Make your own peeling for your face and body

The easiest way to smooth skin: make your own peeling

There are a variety of different peels. The do-it-yourself peels are exclusively mechanical peels. The peeling grains act like small abrasive particles and are very effective at loosening dead skin cells and revealing the soft and smooth skin underneath.

Are homemade peels good for use on the face?

In recent years, mechanical peelings have often been described as too harsh, especially for use on the face. Critics complain that sharp-edged peeling grains could damage facial skin .

We think that's a bit too generalizing . Very sensitive skin or skin with inflammatory diseases (acne, rosacea) should not be peeled mechanically; we recommend a purchased enzyme peeling instead. In our opinion, healthy facial skin benefits immensely from a mild facial peeling (applied no more than twice a week).

This is how your skin benefits from a peeling

  • It loosens hardened skin cells that, together with the sebum, clog the pores. This reduces deposits and prevents the formation of new comedones.
  • It promotes skin microcirculation. This improves the transport of nutrients to the outermost layers of the skin. This promotes regeneration and reduces unevenness over time. Care products applied subsequently can also work better.

Curious about all the different skin peelings available? Our article Everything goes smoothly with the right peeling shows an overview of the different facial and body peelings.

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Make your own facial peeling

To avoid damaging your skin, your DIY facial scrub needs to be mild , especially if you have sensitive, dry, or mature skin. In general, exfoliating grains for the body are only partially suitable for the décolleté, face and neck as they are too coarse. Your facial peel should:

  • Consist of peeling grains that are as round as possible,
  • only contain very small peeling bodies.

We have put together two different facial peelings for you to make yourself, so there is something for every skin type:

Facial peeling for sensitive skin

Chickpea flour (from the organic market) provides the ideal basis and is the main ingredient for our favorite DIY facial peeling because the fine grain is just right for the delicate facial skin. You need:

  • 1½ teaspoons chickpea flour
  • Little water

Place chickpea flour in a small bowl. Add water drop by drop until a smooth paste is formed. Moisten face with water. Apply homemade peeling. If you have oily skin, leave it on for 3 minutes. Otherwise, rub in gently in circular movements without allowing any time to take effect. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Facial peeling for robust skin

The base is identical, but we add a small amount of coarser peeling grains. For this we use a mixture of ground almond and olive kernels . These are available at Dragonspice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground almond olive kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chickpea flour
  • Little water

Place peeling grains in a small bowl. Add water drop by drop until you have a paste that just doesn't drip from your fingers. Moisten face with water. Apply homemade peeling and rub in gently circular movements. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.

☝️ Tips for application:

  1. Please do not mix the peeling grains with facial cleansers such as washing gel etc. The surfactants they contain are too aggressive for your skin if they are used at the same time as the peeling grains. Therefore, it is better to clean in the first step and exfoliate in the second step.
  2. The addition of vegetable oils is recommended in many facial peelings. Anyone who has ever used it knows: not a particularly good idea! The peeling bodies stick together with the oil and can hardly be washed off with lukewarm water alone. That's why it's better to avoid adding oil when making your own peeling, but care for the skin thoroughly afterwards.

The right facial care after peeling

You should never forego a final facial treatment after the peeling. Even though these are mild do-it-yourself peelings, they reduce the skin's moisture balance, which we want to restore as quickly as possible after the peeling. Your face is now looking forward to the least irritating moisturizer possible, like our FIVE facial serum . You can use it on its own (for oily skin or in summer) or mix it with one of our two nourishing facial oils or the Shea Cream and you will be completely exfoliated and cared for.

Natural cosmetics without additives.
FIVE's natural cosmetics consist of a maximum of 5 ingredients per product.

Make your own body peeling

Unfortunately, we no longer produce our FIVE Body Scrub. So that you can still get smooth legs, here is a simple and effective DIY peeling with sugar . You shouldn't eat so much anyway, but almost everyone has it at home. And because throwing it away isn't sustainable, we'd rather make a body peeling out of it! This also has the advantage that the scrubbing particles dissolve completely when you shower and do not clog your drain. But please note that the floor in the shower becomes very slippery and should be cleaned afterwards.

Make your own sugar peeling, what you need:

  • A base oil: Coconut oil is great for smoothing, apricot oil is particularly mild and jojoba oil is a real all-rounder. Suitable from the kitchen: untreated sunflower oil. Better not: olive oil (contains too much oleic acid and dries out the skin)
  • Sugar (white or brown, it doesn't matter)

Mix both in a ratio of 1:1 . The result is a thick paste that you rub in circular movements onto damp skin in the shower after you have already cleansed yourself with shower gel. Rinse off, pat dry with a towel, and you're done.

The right body care after the peeling

Since you hopefully didn't cleanse your body with shower gel after the peeling, some oil will remain on your skin. This is already enough for personal care. Pat your skin dry or let it air dry.

Making your own peeling is not only useful for DIY fans

DIY peelings are easy on your wallet and use simple ingredients. In contrast to purchased peelings, you can be sure that there are no microplastics in them, which is still a big problem, as we explain in the article Cosmetics without microplastics . Your homemade peeling also shines thanks to the absence of preservatives and additives, which are often necessary with purchased peelings to ensure product stability.

However, you should be careful not to use tons of homemade peeling in the shower. DIY recipes for body scrubs contain vegetable oils and these should not end up in excess down the drain. Sometimes it takes a little practice to get the right amount and consistency. Once you have found these, you can mix the peeling fresh sparingly.

How often does a peeling make sense per week?

You can achieve the best results with regular use. Ideally, you should exfoliate once or twice a week. Be careful not to overdo it. Peelings used daily over a longer period of time can have the opposite effect and cause the skin to become calloused. The skin then does not become soft and tender, but rather thickened. We don't want that!

If you want to tackle existing calluses more intensively, you can carry out a peeling every other evening as a treatment for a maximum of two weeks, but you should then switch to 1 or 2 times a week.

Have fun making your own peeling!

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