Have ever used a facial peel and thought I could do it myself, how hard can it be? Technically, anyone can do one, but that doesn't mean you should. Especially if you have sensitive or reactive skin.
The main problem with peelings are the peeling grains used in them. Regardless of whether you buy peelings or make them yourself – common peels include sugar, crushed mussels and rice. Under a microscope, everyone has sharp, jagged edges that cause microcracks in the skin and remove protective lipids. And yes, you guessed it, redness and inflammation come next.
Our founder Sarah says: “I was so shocked by the hardness of the peels on the market that we created our natural jojoba pearl alternative about six years ago. It is one of our most popular products in the range and a personal favorite of mine. It was the product that saved my skin and mind when I had newborns to take care of. It would cleanse, smooth, soften and invigorate my skin all at once – and the aroma (the beautiful May Chang) would also give me a mental boost. Help me keep the show on the streets during the worst bouts of sleep deprivation! "
What exactly are jojoba wax pearls? They are perfectly spherical, 100% natural and biodegradable and roll gently over the skin to remove dead skin cells and impurities – without scratching the healthy cells underneath.
The second problem is, of course, the name and the scrubbing. This is an aggressive action – especially for sensitive skin. We recommend that you approach the peeling from the position of a "polish". The effect should be gentle and provide just enough friction to remove dead skin cells without feeling abrasive. You get the same end result of a smooth and invigorated complexion without damaging the skin. No brute force required!
Body scrubs, on the other hand, actually encourage us to do it ourselves. Sarah shares her homemade body peeling recipe with:
“I used to make a homemade peeling (only for the body) from fine oatmeal and manuka honey. Sometimes I added a base oil like almond to loosen the texture and get a little more lubricity. Because of its antimicrobial properties, it is important to use manuka honey instead of regular honey. Always pay attention to a high UMF or MGO rating on the front of the packaging. You can use it as a peel to exfoliate and then leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. The honey makes it very sticky, so a subsequent shower is very necessary! "