As promised to some, I am here with a post on sheet masks; what they are, how they work and how you can make your own at home. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!
Sheet masks are originally a Korean beauty treatment. It is essentially a cotton sheet (with holes for the eyes and mouth) drenched in a solution.
I have so far tried out two brands of sheet masks. Although I preferred one brand to the other, both provided my face with great hydration and suppleness. Being such a sucker for DIY’s, I decided to try and make my own. Here is what I used:
- A recycled cotton mask
- A bowl, lid or plate to make the mixture in and soak the cotton mask
- About 3 tablespoons of mineral water
- Roughly two teaspoons of glycerin
- A tablespoon of aloe vera gel
- One capsule of vitamin E oil
- A few drops of tea tree oil
I combined all the ingredients and soaked the cotton mask in a shallow lid before placing the mask on my face. I kept it on for about 20 minutes.
My main priority was hydration and glycerin is excellent for that. Aloe vera is equally good for moisturising as well as wound healing and skin tightening. Vitamin E is great for fighting wrinkles because it it loaded with antioxidants. It also boosts the production of collagen which maintains skin elasticity. So if you are looking to keep your skin looking youthful, vitamin E might just be your ticket.
I suffer from acne, though not as severe as I have in the past. Tea tree oil is recommended for the treatment of acne because of its anti bacterial properties. So I decided to give it a try.
I was using vitamin E and tea tree oil for the first time. I have sensitive skin, but fortunately none of the products I used caused any irritation.
The results where much like those from the store bought sheet masks. My skin felt soft, hydrated and supple for many hours after.
Points to note:
Your skin will look shiny and feel serum-y for a couple of hours, so I advise that you do this if you do not have plans of leaving the house for at least an hour. If you do, be sure to smooth the solution well into your skin.
I also noticed that I used too much water because the solution was dripping for the first few minutes. I therefore recommend reducing the amount of water or increasing the quantities of the other ingredients to make the solution less watery.
For the mask, I re-used a cotton mask which I washed and dried. If, like me you would like to re-use a cotton mask, make sure you clean it well after using it and allow it to dry well to avoid bacteria build up. I also recommend using the same mask no more than 3 times. An alternative to this is wet wipes, preferably baby wipes. Simply rinse the wipes before soaking them in the solution and place them on your face, taking care to avoid your eyes and mouth.
And so, whether you are buying or making your own at home, I recommend sheet masks to anyone who is looking to get maximum hydration. Depending on what ingredients you use, sheet masks can also be used to combat skin problems like large pores and acne. I am yet to record an improvement in my pore size, but for now, I enjoy the hydrating benefits that sheet masks have on my face.
I hope you try this out some time. If you do, feel free to share your experiences in the comment section.
Thank you for reading!