Recipe for a Glycolic Facial Mask

Glycolic acid face masks remove the top layer of dead skin cells.
Glycolic acid face masks remove the top layer of dead skin cells. (Image: facial mask #9 image by Adam Borkowski from

Glycolic acid is a natural acid found in the sugar cane plant as well as many fruits. It has become a common ingredient in facials because it acts as a "keratolytic agent." This means it removes the top layer of dead skin cells, making the skin softer and brighter. Many glycolic acid facial masks are expensive and may be too irritating for sensitive skin but you can make your own natural mask at home for a fraction of the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • 1/2 cup white cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Dry orange crystals with vitamin C
  • Spoon
  • Eyedropper
  • 1 drop orange oil
  • 1 drop lavender oil
  • Towel

Mix 1/2 cup of white cane sugar and 1/2 cup of vegetable glycerin in a bowl. Add about 1 tbsp. of aloe vera gel and 1 tsp. of orange crystals. Stir the mixture until it has a paste-like consistency.

Apply the paste onto your skin. Rub and massage it in for about two minutes.

Let the paste sit on your face for another five minutes. It will begin to harden like a mask.

Rinse it off with warm water. Pat your face dry with a towel.

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