Ever since K-Beauty arrived in South Korea in the U.S., sheet masks have been a big part of skincare. Like other skincare trends, there are many online tutorials and ideas for Do It Yourself-DIY sheet masks at home, and these DIY choices are just as trendy as the store-bought models.
Sheet masks are usually made of thin, cotton, or other fiber-based materials soaked with a liquid-based solution with a variety of safe skin benefits. It’s a fast, simple way to get your skin glowing without too much effort, and it’s a great pick-me-up when you don’t have time to devote to a traditional face mask.
Only pat the mask on your skin and relax. It’s fast and quick.
Do you need a few suggestions on what skincare items you need to apply to your own sheet mask? Here’s a couple of excellent Do It Yourself for home-made sheet masks.
Rice Water Mask
According to Fanny Coste, a cosmetic researcher and founder of Kink, rice water is a terrific solution to Do It Yourself sheet masks.
“Rice water relieves, brightens, and tones the skin. Rice water is packed with vitamins B and E, various minerals, and essential amino acids. It also contains excellent antioxidants.” To make a rice water mask, you’ll need a pack of dry sheet masks that can be bought from the Amazon and used as your mask base. If you can’t, you can use moist cotton wipes instead, or you can make an old t-shirt mask.
Next, boil the water and allow it to cool down to room temperature (or use pure water). Include your rice and let it soak for 30 minutes. Strain the rice, and hold the remaining water that Coste states should be milky. Put some of the water in a tub, drop the mask in the water, and let it soak for 15 minutes.
When the mask has stopped soaking, squeeze the excess water out of the sheet and add the sheet to your face. Keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes before cleaning or rinsing is not required. Korean women swear by rice water because of their flawless complexion. It decreases your pores’ size to prevent extreme oil and fat from forming in them, making your skin look brilliant.
Green Tea and Seaweed Mask
A Green Tea and Seaweed mask is another alternative. It’s both relaxing and hydrating.
All you need are two bags of green tea, and nori seaweed for this Do It Yourself sheet mask. You’re going to have to boil water and brew 2 bags of green tea according to the package directions. Let the tea sit in the water for at least five minutes. Give it time to cool down to a temperature level that feels comfortable with the touch.
When gently covered, spread the seaweed over your face and repeat for as many pieces as you need to cover your whole face. Keep them on for 15 minutes, and then get rid of the covers. Afterward, there is no need to wash or clean. According to Holmes, a sheet mask is designed for the skin to be nourished and clarified.
“Anti-oxidants are wonderful for the skin as they help prevent fully free extreme damage.” As for seaweed, Holmes describes that it acts as a moisturizer, moisturizes the skin, and has “amine acids for anti-aging, natural minerals like zinc, omega, and magnesium to create a protective barrier and improve skin function, and anti-oxidants with vitamins B and C to help cleanse the skin.
Another take on the green tea DIY mask comes from Priscilla Tsai.
You’ll need an old T-shirt and one bag of green tea CocoKind Rose Water CocoKind Glow Essense CocoKind Vitamin C Serum for her mask. To make the mask, brew a bag of green tea according to the bundle instructions. While your tea is steeping, take the old T-shirt, draw a face-size circle with eye, mouth, nose holes, and cut off the rest.
Add a little room temperature water to it, so it’s not too hot, ball up the mask fabric, and place it into the green tea. Next, add a few sprays of water and any other water-based skincare items you may have (Tsai uses Cocokind’s Rose Water and Glow Essence).
Then, take a serum of your choice (Tsai uses Cocokind’s Vitamin C serum but suggests picking an item that targets any skincare concerns you may have) and use everything over the mask. Tsai uses Cocokind’s Glow Essence as an added hydrator, but you can use any water-based essence. Finally, use the sheet on your face, let it sit for 15 minutes, and get rid of it (no need to rinse later).
Cucumber Water Mask
Another sheet mask staple is cucumber water!
Though cucumber water usually rests on the countertops of beauty salons and health clubs, it is advantageous to be an active skincare ingredient. According to Dr. Hadley King, cucumber water is a wonderful, soothing mask.
Next, scrape the cucumber. Then use cheesecloth or paper towels, squeeze the water out of the grated vegetables, and soak the cloth in the water. Dr. King adds that you should put the mask in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes for additional cooling. Use the mask for 15-30 minutes, then use your usual serum and moisturizer.
According to a 2013 research report, cucumber can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and the soothing aspect has been shown to help alleviate sunburn. Vegetables have also been shown to aid in the hydration and control of dark areas. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Medical Science Studies at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells Bustle that you should adjust your sheet mask to cope with any problems you might have with your skin.
Anyone with acne-prone skin most likely won’t be shocked to learn that tea tree oil is a go-to mask-fighting tool. Oil has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory homes that help prevent and fight breakouts. You’re going to need some cheesecloth tea tree oil and water.
To make the mask, Dr. Zeichner suggests that you put 5 drops of tea tree oil in the water and mix the solution (Dr. Ziechner says you can start with fewer drops if you have delicate skin increase the amount of oil as your skin adapts to it). Next, put the cheesecloth mask in the mixture and let it soak for five minutes. Place the mask on your face after that. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes, then take it off and wash your face away.
You don’t have to break the bank to have fair skin. Take these DIY sheet mask ideas and start making your own today!