Have you tried sheet masks yet? They’re the hydrating counterpart to oil-absorbing, pore-detoxifying clay masks, and they’re excellent if you’re experiencing dull, tired, or sensitive skin (Bella Hadid loves them!). The beauty of a sheet mask is that it allows the serum to sit on your skin without evaporating, which helps ensure your skin has a chance to absorb all the goodness. Sure, wearing the mask may make you look like you just walked off the set of a horror film, but once you take it off, your skin will feel plump, soft, and renewed. Since the cost of individually packaged sheet masks can add up over time, I came up with a few DIY sheet mask combinations. The version I tried is kind of cheating, as it involves products that are not DIY, but I’ve also included a from-scratch version that’s even more customizable and cost-effective.
There’s also a third option for rocking the DIY sheet mask. If you already have a pre-prepared sheet mask, chances are that the package contains more serum than you need for one go. You can save this extra serum by leaving it in the original packaging, placing the package in a zip-lock bag, being careful to leave out as much air as possible, and placing the bag in the fridge for a week or so. Next time you want to use a sheet mask, grab your untreated sheet mask, and apply the leftover serum. Voila! Two masks for the price of one!
To create my DIY sheet mask, I used this reusable silicone sheet mask. (There are several versions of these available, and they’re usually pretty affordable.) You can also try disposable cotton sheet masks or attempt to make your own from a paper towel.
After I gave birth, my dear friend gifted me with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, and I’ve found it to be very gentle and refreshing, so I used it in this DIY sheet mask “recipe.” I combined the treatment with two other moisturizing products, a hydrating facial mist from Edible Beauty and a divine facial oil from Riddle Oil. But again, you can do this mask whether you have your own hydrating mask like Glow Recipe or if you want to give it a go from scratch. Keep reading to see how!
DIY Sheet Mask Version 1
Prepare the mask: If you’re using a reusable silicone mask, wash it with soap and gently dry. Lay your mask flat on a clean dinner plate. Using clean hands, evenly spread your hydrating serum on the sheet mask. (Optional: place the plate in the fridge for 30 minutes for a cooling treatment.)
Prepare your skin: Gently cleanse skin and pat dry. Generously mist your face with your favorite facial toner. Apply the mask to your face, leave on for 15-30 minutes.
Seal in moisture: Remove mask and gently rinse off excess serum from your skin if needed. On dampened skin, massage your favorite facial oil, focusing on extra dry areas and areas that hold a lot of tension.
DIY Sheet Mask Version 2
Prepare the mask: If you’re using a reusable silicone mask, wash it with soap and gently dry. Lay your mask flat on a clean dinner plate.
Prepare the serum: Combine 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera and 1 drop chamomile essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon concentrated brewed (but cooled) green tea or herbal teasan (rooibos and chamomile are great options). (You can make concentrated tea by brewing 2-3 bags (or servings) of tea in 8 oz. of boiling water, allowing the tea to steep for 15 minutes. Save the rest of the tea for a DIY facial toner or put in in your next batch of rice.)
Using clean hands, evenly spread your hydrating mask on the sheet mask. (Optional: place the plate in the fridge for 30 minutes for a cooling treatment.)
Prepare your skin: Gently cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply the mask to your face, and leave on for 15-30 minutes.
Seal in moisture: Remove mask and gently rinse off excess serum from your skin if needed. On dampened skin, massage your favorite facial oil or non-comedogenic organic carrier oil, focusing on extra dry areas and areas that hold a lot of tension.
Do you love sheet masks? Let us know if you try this DIY sheet mask!
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