The sheet mask trend is seeing no signs of waning—it's an incredibly effective way to deliver hydrating and brightening ingredients into the skin. And while we love the convenience of those Korean sachets packed with ingredient-soaked masks, did you know you can make your own? Keep scrolling to discover how to DIY a sheet mask at home.
Japanese store Muji sells compressed face masks in packs of five (£2). They remind us of those squashed flannels you used to get as kids, simply soak in liquid and they expand. This is an incredibly affordable way to create a bespoke sheet mask at home—plus it gives you an extra use for those Korean essences that are all the rage. To get the most out of your sheet mask, integrative cosmetic and skin doctor Dr. Terry Loong recommends you cleanse and exfoliate first to clear any dirt, residual makeup and dead skin cells that could block the way. "If your skin is normal, use a grainy scrub; for older skins or sun damaged complexions, go for a chemical scrub with an acid. If you have sensitive skin, then cleanse with a muslin cloth for a very gentle exfoliation," she says.
We put the mask to the test and you only needed a capful of essence to thoroughly soak it, pop it onto your face and leave for 5–15 minutes. Skin is left looking brighter and more hydrated (read: fewer pesky fine dehydration lines). Keep scrolling for our 5 favourite essences, plus more DIY sheet mask ideas.
Hyaluronic acid and rose petal essence leave skin feeling and looking calm, plump and hydrated.
With nanoparticles of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate the skin more effectively and the addition of antioxidant cranberry, this is the perfect skin-protecting and brightening essence for city dwellers who have to deal with pollution.
With alguronic acid (an algae that has been proven to withstand the harshest elements), witch hazel and chamomile this is the ideal combination for skin dealing with blemishes and fine lines.
For makeup lovers, this mist is a welcome rest for skin. Its cucumber, aloe, tea tree and witch hazel soothe and calm the skin. Plus, you can use this to set and refresh makeup. We do love a multipurpose purchase.
Erborian's lotion has been proven to hydrate the skin and keep it hydrated for 24 hours. Ginseng and ginger revitalise your complexion, fast.
Dr. Terry Loong recommends making your own sheet masks by using rice paper (yes, the edible paper used to make spring rolls). Simply cut out the eye holes and nose holes to fit your face.
Try making your own essences: Brew antioxidant-rich green tea and leave it to cool, or use rose water as your base, and then experiment by adding different boosters—lemon to brighten, witch hazel for blemishes, or aloe vera for dry skin.
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