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3 DIY Sheet Masks For Glowing Spring Skin

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The start of this week saw spring bouncing back onto the scene, bringing with it longer days, patches of sunshine, the promise of lighter jackets and no socks with your loafers. Huzzah! But, with winter’s severe lack of vitamin d and harsh, cold city air, our skin doesn’t seem to have caught up with the change of season. Time to haul our winter face into spring with an intense, nutrition boost in the way of the K-Beauty craze sheet masks.

Not heard of a sheet mask (have you been living under a rock)? Like many current beauty trends they derive from our Korean friends and are basically a cloth or paper sheet soaked in rich, nourishing ingredients. The idea is to sit them on your face for 15 minutes or so, allowing the ingredients to work their magic, then remove and get on with your day. No need to rinse, simply rub in any excess product and watch your glowing, spring skin materialise. It’s basically like a hybrid serum/traditional face mask, plus you get to wear a nifty looking mask that looks fab in selfies.

Sheet masks come in all shapes, sizes, materials and prices, but don’t all guarantee the finest ingredients. So we’re here to help you take matters into your own hands with 3 DIY sheet mask recipes, suited to your skin types. Rich in high quality, natural ingredients, 15 minutes under one of these babies = bright, fresh, spring worthy skin.

The Sheet

First up, you’ll need a piece of material to act as your sheet. It’s worth getting a high quality piece of natural material, such as cotton, which can also be washed and reused. We love organic bamboo muslin as it has natural antibacterial properties so will help work with the ingredients in your mask. Otherwise organic muslin will also work for it’s antibacterial benefits. It’s important that you’re able to breathe during your sheet mask, so you’ll need to cut carefully eye, nose and mouth holes. For direction on how this should look, let us draw inspiration from the many, many celebrity sheet mask selfies. Our favourite collection below. You may also need a towel around your neck/head to avoid any mixture getting onto your clothes/hair.

               

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The Ingredients

We’ve broken this down into three skin types to help you determine the most suitable mask for you.

Dry Skin

We’re going for an all out hydration combination here. Using a base of rose water, which is super nourishing as well as being an astringent, so perfect for tightening and brightening skin, we’ve also added coconut milk powder. With the same vitamin e content as our friend coconut oil, the powder provides a less heavy moisture boost. We’re adding our all round favourite rosehip oil for it’s vitamin a and anti oxidising properties – perfect for supple, dewy skin. You’ll notice the oil and water don’t’ naturally mix – this is fine, simply give the mixture a good stir before dipping in the mask.

  • ½ Cup Rose Water
  • Tbsp Coconut Milk Powder
  • Tsp Rosehip Oil

Combine the coconut milk powder with rose water in a bowl  and stir well until it’s mostly dissolved. Add the rosehip and mix vigorously. The water and oil will separate but this is fine. Carefully dip in your sheet and swirl around your mixture, allowing the cloth to absorb as much of the mixture as possible. Gently apply to face. You may need to wring the cloth out slightly but try to keep as much of the mixture as possible! Allow to sit for 15 minutes then remove. Rub in any excess mixture.

Oily Skin

We talk a lot about jojoba oil and for good reason. It’s very close in structure to sebum which is the oil your skin naturally produces. Using jojoba oil helps to even out sebum levels in skin and regulate production, so if you’re prone to oily skin it’ll help to control this.  Both witch hazel and tea tree are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial so often used to fight spots. Again, the oils won’t naturally mix with the water but we’re diluting the tea tree into the jojoba so this isn’t an issue.

  • ½ Cup Witch Hazel Water
  • Tbsp Jojoba Oil
  • 5 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Combine the jojoba and tea tree  in a bowl  and stir well. Add the witch hazel and mix vigorously. The water and oil will separate but this is fine. Carefully dip in your sheet and swirl around your mixture, allowing the cloth to absorb as much of the mixture as possible. Gently apply to face. You may need to wring the cloth out slightly but try to keep as much of the mixture as possible! Allow to sit for 15 minutes then remove. Rub in any excess mixture.

Sensitive Skin

This is a perfect mixture for particularly sensitive skin types or if you’re generally seeing the toll of city life on your poor skin. Chamomile is hugely soothing so will help to calm particularly stressed or red skin. We love evening primrose for our insides and our outside – it’s high in omega 6 fatty acids so will intensely moisturise without being too oily for sensitive skin. Lavender is often used for its calming and soothing properties and can be used in the treatment of conditions like eczema; through alleviating the  inflammation it helps to stop itching and irritation.

  • ½ Cup Steeped Chamomile Tea (cold)
  • Tbsp Evening Primrose Oil
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine the evening primrose and lavender in a bowl  and stir well. Add the chamomile and mix vigorously. The water and oil will separate but this is fine. Carefully dip in your sheet and swirl around your mixture, allowing the cloth to absorb as much of the mixture as possible. Gently apply to face. You may need to wring the cloth out slightly but try to keep as much of the mixture as possible! Allow to sit for 15 minutes then remove. Rub in any excess mixture.

– Elsie Rutterford & Dominika Minarovic