Doing a peeling yourself is really very easy and the products are in no way inferior to the peelings you buy. We'll show you how it's done and share our three favorite and tried-and-tested do-it-yourself peeling recipes for face and body with you. You will also find out how often you should exfoliate and what optimal skin care looks like afterwards. Ready? Let's start right away!
The easiest way to smooth skin: make your own peeling
There are a variety of different scrubs. The do-it-yourself peelings are exclusively mechanical peelings. The peeling granules act like small abrasive particles and thus very effectively loosen dead skin cells and reveal the soft and smooth skin underneath.
Are homemade scrubs good for facial use?
In recent years, mechanical peelings, especially for use on the face, have often been called too harsh. Critics complain that sharp-edged peeling grains could injure facial skin .
We think that's a bit too general . Very sensitive skin or skin with inflammatory diseases (acne, rosacea) should not be peeled mechanically, we recommend a store-bought enzyme peeling instead. In our opinion, healthy facial skin benefits immensely from a mild facial peeling (applied a maximum of twice a week).
This is how your skin benefits from a peeling
- It loosens calloused skin cells which, together with the sebum, clog the pores. This reduces deposits and prevents the formation of new comedones.
- It promotes the microcirculation of the skin. This improves the transport of nutrients to the outermost layers of the skin. This promotes regeneration and reduces bumps over time . Care products applied afterwards can also have a better effect.
Curious about all the different skin peels ? Our article Everything goes smoothly with the right peeling provides an overview of the different face and body peelings.
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Make your own face scrub
To avoid damaging your skin, your DIY face scrub needs to be mild , especially if you have sensitive, dry, or mature skin. In general: peeling grains for the body are only suitable to a limited extent for the décolleté, face and neck, as they are too coarse. Your facial scrub should:
- Consist of peeling grains that are as round as possible,
- contain only very small peeling particles.
We have put together two different facial scrubs for you to make yourself, so there is something for every skin type:
Face scrub for sensitive skin
Chickpea flour (from the organic market) offers the ideal basis and is the main ingredient for our favorite DIY facial peeling because the fine grain is just right for delicate facial skin. You need:
- 1½ teaspoons chickpea flour
- Little water
Put the chickpea flour in a small bowl. Add water drop by drop until you get a smooth paste. Moisten face with water. Apply homemade scrub. If you have oily skin, leave it on for 3 minutes. Otherwise rub in with gentle circular motions without exposure time. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Face scrub for robust skin
The base is the same, but we add a small amount of coarser exfoliating granules. For this we use almond kernel olive stone granules . Available in Switzerland from dreiangel.ch .
- ¼ teaspoon ground almond-olive kernels
- 1 teaspoon of chickpea flour
- Little water
Put the exfoliating grains in a small bowl. Add water drop by drop until you get a paste that just doesn't drip off your fingers. Moisten face with water. Apply homemade peeling and rub in with gentle circular movements. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
☝️ Tips for use:
- Please do not mix the peeling granules with facial cleansers such as washing gel and the like. The surfactants they contain are too aggressive for your skin if they are used at the same time as the peeling granules. It is therefore better to clean in the first step and exfoliate in the second step.
- The addition of vegetable oils is recommended in many face scrubs. Anyone who has used it before knows: not a particularly good idea! The peeling body sticks to the oil and can hardly be washed off with lukewarm water alone. Therefore, it is better to avoid adding oil to the do-it-yourself peeling , but to thoroughly care for the skin afterwards.
The right facial care after peeling
You should never do without a final facial care after the peeling. Even if these are mild do-it-yourself peelings, they reduce the skin's moisture balance, which we want to rebalance as quickly as possible after the peeling. Your face will now look forward to moisturizing care that is as non-irritating as possible , such as with our FIVE facial serum . You can use it pure (for rather oily skin or in summer ) or mix it with one of our two nourishing face oils or the Shea Cream and you are peeled and cared for all over.
Do your own body scrub
Unfortunately, we no longer manufacture 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 that much of it anyway, but almost everyone has it at home. And because throwing away is not sustainable, we prefer to make a body scrub out of it! This also has the advantage that the scrubbing particles completely dissolve 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 sugar scrub yourself, 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, doesn't matter)
Mix both in a ratio of 1:1 . The result is a viscous paste that you rub onto damp skin in the shower in circular movements after you have already cleaned yourself with shower gel. Rinse, pat dry with a towel, 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 sufficient as body care. Pat your skin dry or let it air dry.
Doing your own peeling is not only useful for DIY fans
DIY scrubs are easy on the wallet and use simple ingredients. In contrast to purchased peelings, you can be sure that there are no microplastics in them, which by the way is still a big problem, as we explain in the article Cosmetics without microplastics. Likewise, your homemade scrub shines through the absence of preservatives and additives, which are often necessary with store-bought scrubs to ensure product stability.
Still, you should be careful not to use up tons of homemade scrub in the shower. DIY body scrub recipes contain vegetable oils and don't want them to go down the drain in excess. Sometimes it takes a little practice to get the right amount and consistency. Once you have found these, you can mix the peeling freshly and sparingly.
How often is peeling a week?
You will achieve the best results with regular use. Ideally, you should exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week. Be careful not to overdo it. Exfoliation applied daily over a longer period of time can turn into the opposite and cause the skin to become calloused. The skin then does not become soft and tender, but thickens. We don't want that!
If you want to tackle existing cornifications more intensively, you can exfoliate every other evening for a maximum of two weeks, but should then switch to 1 or 2 times a week.
Have fun making your own peeling!