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DIY home spa sheet masks for morning and evening

DIY home spa sheet masks for morning and evening

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Sheet masks are a great way to maximise the benefits of your skin treatment routine.

Sheet masks are a great way to maximise the benefits of your skin treatment routine.

DIY home spa sheet masks for morning and evening
Remember when you made those new year’s resolutions to stand against the patriarchy, take care of your skin, and improve your upcycling game? Well, we can help with two of those three things with these easy DIY sheet masks.

Why use a sheet mask? The cloth or sheet acts as a physical barrier, sealing all the goodness of your ingredients against your skin for long enough to let those bad boys soak in. Sheet masks also allow you to use water-based or runnier solutions as opposed to a thicker paste. But it’s really about your personal preference. If you like a regular mask, check out these 6 DIY face masks made with ingredients you already have.

All in all, sheet masks are a great way to maximise the benefits of your skin treatment routine while looking like a cute, creepy assassin. (So, maybe we can help fight the patriarchy after all… #jokes.)

Raid your cupboard and find an old T-shirt or piece of cloth you can repurpose, then raid your kitchen for tea, olive oil, honey, and turmeric. You can easily substitute the suggested ingredients with what you have available, but to get you started, here are two easy recipes that I put together with what I had on hand – one for a refreshing morning wake-up and one for a moisturising pre-sleep soak.

Happy morning mask

1. Brew a small, strong cup of green tea with mint. If your tea isn’t already mint-infused, you can simply throw in a few fresh sprigs. Green tea is one of those super-ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties while the mint acts as a toner, removing dirt from your pores and giving you that cooling tingle.

2. Throw in a splash of olive oil to help moisturise and repair skin damage. If you have dry skin, be more generous with the olive oil and if your skin is oily, be more sparing.

3. Finally, stir in a teaspoon of honey (or bee propolis) to speed up your skin’s healing processes, promote new cell growth, soothe blemishes and outbreaks. Honey has even been said to help slow signs of ageing and fade acne scars. Two disclaimers though: ageing and acne are not inherently bad things, and honey probably won’t be effective on deep cuts or burn scars.

Soothing sleepytime mask

1. Brew a small, strong cup of Rooibos tea and let it cool. Rooibos is full of antioxidants and other minerals and has been known to help soothe eczema, rashes and acne.

2. Throw in a splash of olive oil or coconut oil for moisturising and same as before, if you have dry skin, be more generous with the olive oil and if your skin is oily, be more sparing.

3. Add in a ½ teaspoon of turmeric – when used with the olive oil, it doesn’t stain your skin, however, it will stain your white towels… You probably already know that turmeric is the wunderkind of your spice cabinet, but if not, it’s very, very good for a number of things: soothing dry or damaged skin, treating cracks or burns, and giving you that natural glow.

Now that you’ve got your recipes ready, or perhaps while you’re waiting for the tea to cool down, get that piece of fabric or old tee and start preparing your sheet.

Your DIY face sheet

1. Repurpose the bottom half of an old T-shirt turned crop top, or use the butt of those broken leggings. If you’re a crafty type and have some off-cut cloth, that’s also fine. Work with what you have, babes.

2. To cut a circle that fits your face, simply use the distance from your thumb to tip of your middle finger as a guide. According to artist proportions, this should be the same height as your face from forehead to chin. You can use the same measuring hack lengthways to get an approximate circle – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

3. Hold your circle up onto your face and fold it horizontally in half where it meets your eyes. Use this as a guide for where to cut the eyeholes.

4. Hold it up to your face again and mark the tip of your nose plus the top and bottom of your lips. Fold your sheet in half (lengthways this time) and snip a line for the nose and a hole for your mouth.

5. And, voila, you’re ready to dip your mask into your recipe of choice.

Once you’ve put your mask onto clean skin, sit back and relax for at least 10 minutes, but if you have more time you can go up to 20 minutes. Longer isn’t really necessary and it’s not recommended to leave it overnight, because if the cloth dries up, it can end up soaking all the moisture back out.

When you feel happy and hydrated, rinse with warm water and apply your usual skincare routine, then stare at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes and appreciate how beautiful you are – you wonderful, dewy-skinned, caring human being.

Remember when you made those new year’s resolutions to stand against the patriarchy, take care of your skin, and improve your upcycling game? Well, we can help with two of those three things with these easy DIY sheet masks.

Why use a sheet mask? The cloth or sheet acts as a physical barrier, sealing all the goodness of your ingredients against your skin for long enough to let those bad boys soak in. Sheet masks also allow you to use water-based or runnier solutions as opposed to a thicker paste. But it’s really about your personal preference. If you like a regular mask, check out these 6 DIY face masks made with ingredients you already have.

All in all, sheet masks are a great way to maximise the benefits of your skin treatment routine while looking like a cute, creepy assassin. (So, maybe we can help fight the patriarchy after all… #jokes.)

Raid your cupboard and find an old T-shirt or piece of cloth you can repurpose, then raid your kitchen for tea, olive oil, honey, and turmeric. You can easily substitute the suggested ingredients with what you have available, but to get you started, here are two easy recipes that I put together with what I had on hand – one for a refreshing morning wake-up and one for a moisturising pre-sleep soak.

Happy morning mask

1. Brew a small, strong cup of green tea with mint. If your tea isn’t already mint-infused, you can simply throw in a few fresh sprigs. Green tea is one of those super-ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties while the mint acts as a toner, removing dirt from your pores and giving you that cooling tingle.

2. Throw in a splash of olive oil to help moisturise and repair skin damage. If you have dry skin, be more generous with the olive oil and if your skin is oily, be more sparing.

3. Finally, stir in a teaspoon of honey (or bee propolis) to speed up your skin’s healing processes, promote new cell growth, soothe blemishes and outbreaks. Honey has even been said to help slow signs of ageing and fade acne scars. Two disclaimers though: ageing and acne are not inherently bad things, and honey probably won’t be effective on deep cuts or burn scars.

Soothing sleepytime mask

1. Brew a small, strong cup of Rooibos tea and let it cool. Rooibos is full of antioxidants and other minerals and has been known to help soothe eczema, rashes and acne.

2. Throw in a splash of olive oil or coconut oil for moisturising and same as before, if you have dry skin, be more generous with the olive oil and if your skin is oily, be more sparing.

3. Add in a ½ teaspoon of turmeric – when used with the olive oil, it doesn’t stain your skin, however, it will stain your white towels… You probably already know that turmeric is the wunderkind of your spice cabinet, but if not, it’s very, very good for a number of things: soothing dry or damaged skin, treating cracks or burns, and giving you that natural glow.

Now that you’ve got your recipes ready, or perhaps while you’re waiting for the tea to cool down, get that piece of fabric or old tee and start preparing your sheet.

Your DIY face sheet

1. Repurpose the bottom half of an old T-shirt turned crop top, or use the butt of those broken leggings. If you’re a crafty type and have some off-cut cloth, that’s also fine. Work with what you have, babes.

2. To cut a circle that fits your face, simply use the distance from your thumb to tip of your middle finger as a guide. According to artist proportions, this should be the same height as your face from forehead to chin. You can use the same measuring hack lengthways to get an approximate circle – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

3. Hold your circle up onto your face and fold it horizontally in half where it meets your eyes. Use this as a guide for where to cut the eyeholes.

4. Hold it up to your face again and mark the tip of your nose plus the top and bottom of your lips. Fold your sheet in half (lengthways this time) and snip a line for the nose and a hole for your mouth.

5. And, voila, you’re ready to dip your mask into your recipe of choice.

Once you’ve put your mask onto clean skin, sit back and relax for at least 10 minutes, but if you have more time you can go up to 20 minutes. Longer isn’t really necessary and it’s not recommended to leave it overnight, because if the cloth dries up, it can end up soaking all the moisture back out.

When you feel happy and hydrated, rinse with warm water and apply your usual skincare routine, then stare at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes and appreciate how beautiful you are – you wonderful, dewy-skinned, caring human being.

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