The Best Homemade Body & Facial Peels

Peeling is used to exfoliate the external skin layer and eliminate dead cells that accumulate, giving skin a deadened look.  In fact, every day you lose more than 30,000 dead skin cells.

Bellow we are going to give you a few recipes to make the best homemade body and facial peels, which are original, aromatic, natural and very effective.

Benefits of using peels

  • Helps prevent and eliminate skin marks
  • Gives skin a natural shine
  • Improves the appearance of new cells
  • Activates the formation of collagen
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and flaccidity
  • Makes skin softer
  • Allows the skin to clean toxins and oxygenate itself

How are facial peels applied?

Apply a bit of the peel in a previously washed area, and without drying, gently massage it in circles.  Cover the entire area and try to avoid sensitive areas, like the area around the eyes.  If you decide to use the peel on your thighs or glutes, etc., use a bit more pressure until you notice that the circulation is activated.  Let the ingredients work for one of two minutes and then rinse with water.  You skin will be more hydrated if you use oils and add them to these recipes, but if you have dry skin we recommend moisturizing once again.

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How often should I use a peel?

You shouldn’t use them too frequently, because you need to respect your natural processes of cellular regeneration.  That’s why we recommend using one no more than once a week. 

Peel for dry skin

Dry skin needs to be exfoliated much more gently, and it should only be done every fifteen days.  That’s why we have based this recipe on sodium bicarbonate, which has a very fine texture and is also alkalizing, perfect for facial skin and sensitive areas.




Mix the sodium bicarbonate with olive oil until well blended, and the bicarbonate looks colored by the oil.

For older skin, we recommend adding a few drops of rose hip oil, or geranium essential oil.  Both help regenerate skin on a deeper level.

Peel for combination skin

Combination skin presents more complications because it has oily and dry areas.  That’s why the peel needs to be fairly gentle.  We are going to focus on exfoliating the oily areas more, which are generally the “T” area (forehead, nose and chin).

We are going to use sodium bicarbonate again, but in this case, mix with a less fatty oil, like almond or sesame.

Also, add the zest from an orange, preferably organic, which will give it a delicious aroma and will help the peeling to be even more therapeutic.

Peel for oily skin

Oily skin requires weekly peels, which can deeply clean.  In this case, use sugar as your base, which is a bit thicker than bicarbonate.  Mix it with aloe vera gel, natural or store bought.  Then add the zest from one lemon, and if you have it, a few drops of lemon essential oil.

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Peel for skin with acne

Skin with acne needs to be treated very delicately, because acne is small inflammation.  It’s also a good idea to habitually clean the area to help eliminate and filth.

Use sodium bicarbonate mixed with aloe vera gel, a few drops of coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree essential oil or palmarosa.

Body peel

The skin on the body is much less sensitive than that of the face, and is a good idea if you are interested in a much deeper peel to improve circulation to areas like the thighs, the belly, the glutes or arms.  That’s why we’re going to use thick salt as the base, which is perfect for massaging the body and also fighting problems with circulation, cellulite, stretch marks, etc.

Mix with the coconut oil and as another option, you could also add rosemary essential oil, which will help even further activate circulation.

Photos courtesy of debcil and Emily Barney.