Healthy skin is sometimes hard to maintain given the increasing pollution outdoors. In fact, recent studies have proven that the skin is the first defense mechanism that protects the body from external pollutants. But prolonged exposure to such pollutants can be detrimental to the health of the skin. One of the best ways to care for the skin is to apply simple DIY sheet masks that can be made easily at home.
Benefits of a DIY Face Sheet Mask
The benefits of DIY sheet masks are almost innumerable. They can be a complete health package for your skin and are safe for prolonged use. Since most of these masks are made using naturally derived ingredients, they do not have any unwanted side effects. Here are some of the major benefits of do-it-yourself face sheet masks.
· Hydration: A homemade mask helps to moisturise your skin as well as keeps it hydrated for longer periods of time.
· Antioxidants: Most of the solution mixes used for DIY sheet masks are plant-based. This means they contain pure plant oils, which have powerful antioxidant properties.
· Economical: Sheet masks (without the solution) can be purchased in bulk. You can buy these at a cheap price and make your own solution at home.
· Customizable: DIY sheet masks are fully customizable. This means you can dip the dry sheets into any kind of revitalising natural solution.
How to Make Your Own Sheet Mask?
To make your own sheet mask DIY style, there are a few things you will have to keep in mind. Firstly, not all the ingredients may be available to you off the bat. But there is no need to worry because there is still a wide range of ingredients that you can use for your DIY sheet mask recipes that are readily available.
- Cucumber Sheet Mask
To make this healthy sheet mask at home, all you need is a little cucumber juice and a cotton sheet mask. Simply grate a whole cucumber and extract its juice. Soak the cotton sheet mask in this solution and refrigerate it for about half an hour. Apply this homemade sheet mask on your face and relax for about a quarter of an hour (15-20 minutes). Finally, remove the mask, rinse your face and follow it up with an organic face serum.
Cucumber is highly effective in hydrating the skin and can even help reduce inflammation and any kind of irritation. It is also effective in helping the skin retain moisture for a longer period of time.
- Rice Water Sheet Mask
To make a rice water sheet mask DIY style, you will need just a handful of white or brown rice, water, and a plain cotton sheet mask.
There is an overnight preparatory process when making a rice water sheet mask. Firstly, you will need to soak the rice in double the amount of water and leave it to rest overnight. The next morning, soak the cotton sheet mask in this water and refrigerate it for half an hour. Your homemade face mask is ready and you can apply it to your face for about 15 to 20 minutes. After that, remove the mask, rinse your face, and apply a good quality moisturiser.
Rice water has been known to have a high number of antioxidants and is widely used in South East Asia for its anti-ageing properties.
- Green Tea Sheet Mask
You will need 5 green tea bags, water, lemon juice, and a cotton sheet mask to make this at home.
You will first need to soak the 5 green tea bags in boiled water for 15 to 20 minutes. Let this solution cool down and then add two to three drops of fresh lemon juice and soak your plain sheet mask in it. Refrigerate this mixture for about half an hour and your face mask is ready for application. Apply this DIY face sheet mask on your face for about 20 minutes, after which you need to dispose of the mask and rinse your face followed by the application of a natural moisturiser.
Green tea has been hailed for its phenomenal benefits in detoxifying the skin. It has organic components like polyphenols which are strong antioxidants that can help to reduce acne, skin irritation as well as rejuvenates the skin.
- Tea Tree Oil Sheet Mask
To make this rejuvenating and aromatic face mask, you will need tea tree oil, water, and a cotton face mask (or a piece of cheesecloth).
Carefully mix 5 drops of tea tree oil into a bowl of water and soak your cotton sheet mask in it. Alternatively, if you have a piece of cheesecloth, you will need to first cut this out to match the shape of your face (including the cut-outs for the eyes, nose, and mouth). Apply the moist sheet mask on your face for 20 minutes. After this, dispose of the mask and rinse off your face.
Tea tree oil has proven effects on blemishes and acne, and has antibacterial properties. Using such a DIY facial mask sheet can also help you reduce other forms of skin breakouts.
- Watermelon Sheet Mask
For this face mask, you will need 3 to 4 tablespoons of fresh watermelon juice, one teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel, and a plain cotton sheet mask.
First, mix the aloe vera gel and watermelon juice and refrigerate the mixture for 15 minutes. Soak the sheet mask in this cool solution and refrigerate it once again for just 5 minutes. Apply the cool refreshing face mask for 20 minutes and then rinse your face.
Watermelon extracts have been known to fight the signs of ageing on your skin and can even aid the natural healing process.
The Bottom Line
Whether you buy a branded facial sheet mask or choose to make your own sheet mask, the result will always be a glowing, healthy skin. However, if you wish to care for your skin more holistically and organically, a homemade do-it-yourself face sheet mask is highly recommended.