Ah, sheet masks, the backbone of K-beauty. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a drawer overflowing with different sheet masks for different skin issues. And that means dipping into your bank account more than you’d like, right? What if I told you that you could save yourself the trouble and just create your very own DIY sheet mask?
That is a sheet mask that will consist of natural and skin-nourishing ingredients, all for a fraction of the cost of your usual commercial sheet masks.
I don’t blame you, at first it might sound all too difficult. But you will be surprised to find how easy and quick it actually is.
DIY Sheet Mask Pros and Cons
When thinking of whether it is better to create your own sheet mask or buy one, here are some things to consider:
- Homemade face sheet masks can be customized to target a specific skin issue such as oiliness, dryness, dullness, redness, wrinkles, inflammation and more.
- You can use only natural ingredients of your own preference and create a formula that is free of chemical preservatives. Some commonly used chemicals in sheet masks include triethanolamine, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol and artificial fragrances that have no health benefits for your skin. Instead, they can be potentially irritating and harmful (especially for sensitive skin).
- Let’s state the obvious: DIY face masks are cost-effective and can save you some of that hard-earned money.
- Sheet masks will take a little time to prepare – you might want to put aside half an hour to prepare the formulation, but as you become familiar with the recipe you’ll cut this time down.
- A trial and error period might be unavoidable before you are able to come up with the best formula and perfect your method of application.
Before Tips And A Word Of Warning
To create your mask, you will need a soft cotton facial mask which is the one that you will soak into your DIY skin formula and apply to your face. These masks are easily found online for less than $10.
A lot of those DIY sheet mask recipes offered online recommend mixing distilled water or other types of herbal water with essential oils. We’d strongly recommend against doing this since essential oils do not get diluted or dispersed in the water.
You can easily check this by pouring a drop of essential oil into the water. It simply floats on the top and does not dilute in it. The risk of mixing essential oils with water is simple and well known. If essential oils don’t get diluted before use, they can cause skin sensitization, a serious skin reaction that can lead to severe itchy rashes.
Also, when you’re ready, use your finished sheet mask in step 6 of your routine.
3 DIY Sheet Mask Recipes
1. For Dull Skin (With Rice Water And Lemon)
Rice water and lemon are 2 popular DIY natural ingredients to help brighten skin. Due to its astringent properties, rice water controls oiliness and makes your skin glow naturally, offering a slight tightening effect.
The lemon has light exfoliating benefits and is well known for its anti-blemish skin benefits.
Step 1: Take a handful of rice, preferably organic, and then wash and strain it.
Step 2: Put some water in a bowl, add the rice and let it soak for some hours or overnight.
Step 3: Dip your mask into the rice water, making sure it is coated on both sides.
Step 4: Remove it and squeeze any excess liquid until it stops dripping.
Step 5: Unfold it and gently apply to your face.
Step 6: Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse your face with water.
Step 7: You can follow up with your favourite moisturizer!
2. For Acne Prone Skin (With Aloe And Green Tea)
Aloe vera is often used in homemade acne solutions not only due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties but also because it works as a great moisturizer.
Green tea also contains a high amount of antioxidants for healthy more youthful skin and some of its compounds may help keep the skin more clear and less oily.
Step 1: If you have a lot of aloe vera plants in your garden, you can boil the leaves and get their juice.
Step 2: Use 1/3 cup of cold aloe vera juice and mix it with ⅓ cup of cold green tea.
Step 3: Soak the mask into the liquid and follow the steps as explained in the recipe above.
3. For Dry And Sensitive Skin (Honey And Chamomile)
Raw honey is a natural antimicrobial, healing and skin hydrating ingredients. It creates a film of protection against dehydration and environmental damage. As a source of antioxidants, it can keep the skin healthier and more youthful-looking. Chamomile is also a lovely skin soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredient that can reduce skin redness and protect the skin from irritation.
Step 1: Add 1 teaspoon of raw pure honey to ½ cup of water and heat it gently till the honey dissolves in the water. Do not boil the water.
Step 2: In the meantime, add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of water and let it boil.
Step 3: Strain the tea and once it is cool, mix it with the honey water.
Step 4: Soak the mask in the liquid and follow the steps as described above.
Final Thoughts On DIY Sheet Masks
At the end of a long day, using a DIY sheet mask makes me feel really pampered and relaxed, and my skin fully appreciates this little beauty ritual, too.
Are you ready to try it?
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