You know those times when you hear an idea that’s just so weird that you simply have to try it? Well today’s post was born out of that exact type of situation. I was reading through some emails last week, when I came across an idea that I simply couldn’t ignore! A reader of mine named Danita G. had emailed in to share an at-home facial treatment that is supposed to work similarly to a chemical peel. I love a good at-home beauty treatment, so my interest was already piqued! But my interest turned to incredulity when I learned that the secret ingredient to Danita’s facial treatment was ketchup (of all things!)
Using ketchup as a facial treatment? Just when you think you’ve heard of everything. ;-) But I trust my readers enough to know that there must be something to this idea, so I did a little research on my own. And what I learned is that ketchup is actually packed with ingredients that can benefit your skin! It contains citric acid, which provides gentle chemical exfoliation to your skin, which is exactly what you’d want out of a real chemical peel. Ketchup also contains plenty of antioxidants that can nourish your skin while fighting signs of aging.
After finding some promising information on the topic, I decided I was game to give Danita’s ketchup facial treatment a try. Because not only is ketchup easy to find, it’s also WAY cheaper than most at-home chemical peel products! And I ended up being pleasantly surprised at the results! (See below for my review.)
Ketchup “Chemical Peel” Facial Treatment
Clean and dry your face, then apply a thin layer of ketchup all over, avoiding your eyes.
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes or so. People with sensitive skin may want to start with short intervals to see how their skin tolerates the ketchup. (Though I will say that my skin is notoriously sensitive, and I only felt a slight tingling during this treatment!)
Afterward, use water and a washcloth to gently clean the ketchup off your face. Avoid scrubbing or wiping too aggressively.
Finally, dry your face and follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Repeat the treatment once a week for revitalized and rejuvenated skin!
My Experience With The Ketchup Treatment
I was surprised at how well my skin tolerated the ketchup treatment. I expected it to sting a bit, but it was more like a gentle tingly feeling. After washing the ketchup off, I immediately noticed how smooth my skin felt. It did leave my skin a bit red (from the exfoliation, not from ketchup residue. Just in case you were concerned!) Because of the redness, I would recommend doing this treatment at night before bed, so your skin has a chance to recover while you sleep. The next morning, I noticed that my skin had more of a “glow” than usual, and that my makeup went on more smoothly than usual too! Overall, I’m glad I gave this treatment a shot, and I would definitely do it again!
An Alternative To The Ketchup Treatment
If the idea of smearing ketchup on your face is simply too out there for you, I totally understand. So I thought I’d provide another non-ketchup option for an at-home chemical peel treatment! This one uses egg whites, cucumber, and lemon juice to smooth wrinkles, moisturize your skin, and leave your face looking fresh! Here’s how to make it.
Egg White & Cucumber Treatment
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup de-seeded cucumber pulp*
- 1 tsp lemon juice
*Note: Use a peeler to remove the skin from a cucumber, then slice it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds from the center and discard them. Then place the peeled, de-seeded cucumber into a blender or food processor and pulse until pulpy.
Add a beaten egg white to the cucumber pulp, along with the lemon juice. Mix well until the mixture forms a spreadable paste.
Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Then rinse your face clean with water, and follow with a moisturizer.