As summer draws to a close, it’s great to look back and reflect on the trends during such a beautiful season. In the beauty and skin care world, one of the most popular items that is becoming a staple in everyone’s routine is the sheet mask. Originating in Korea, this popular beauty phenomenon is incredibly quick and easy to create on your own! Not only will making DIY sheet masks save you money, making reusable ones can prevent potential waste – helping your skin and the environment! To make your own face mask, follow these simple steps:

First, choose a mask material

There is a variety of options when it comes to choosing your sheet mask material. You can buy dry sheet masks online from a variety of retailers, and go from there. Alternatively, you can create your own disposable one using cotton pads, gauze, or paper towels. Some beauty gurus have even used rice paper! As far as reusable masks go, a sturdy muslin cloth will work perfectly.

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Second, choose your liquid base

The basis for your mask will depend entirely on your skin type as well as the benefits you are looking for.

  • Been out in the sun all day? Aloe vera would make a phenomenal sheet mask base.
  • Saving this tutorial for those harsh, dry winter months? Try a hydrating oil, like rose hip, jojoba, argan, or olive.
  • Trying to fight acne? Green tea works wonders.
  • Need a bit of brightening to bring life back into dull skin? A little bit of lemon juice goes a long way!

Before you dive into your skin care adventure, always remember to test on a small area to make sure no irritation or reaction will occur.

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olive oil

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Third, choose your serums, essences, herbs, and oils

Now that you’ve got your base down, it’s time to add a little extra power to your mask. Once again, your choices will depend on your skin type and needs, but some great suggestions include:

  • Green tea base, and a few drops of tea tree oil to fight pesky acne
  • Aloe vera and chamomile oil to soothe
  • A few drops of lemon juice, honey, and rose water for brightening
  • Rose hip oil, rose water, and honey for ultimate moisture

This would also be a great oppourtunity to use any serums or essences you have in your home from your favorite local beauty store.

Be sure to use lemon juice and tea tree oil sparingly, as too much can irritate the skin!

green tea diy sheet mask

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Fourth, bring it all together

  • Take a plate or shallow bowl and place your ingredients inside. Stir until everything is combined.
  • After mixing, place your mask material of choice into the liquid to soak up the nutrients. If your mixture begins to separate due to the oils, simply stir again to evenly distribute.
  • Gently apply the mask to your face, and allow to sit for up to 30 minutes.
  • Once time is up, use the mask to lightly pat any extra liquid into your skin. If you’re using muslin, simply wash and rinse the fabric so it can be used again.
Face Mask

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And that’s it! In four simple steps a DIY sheet mask gave new life to your skin. Use this easy trick as often as needed to keep your skin fresh and fabulous!

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