16 April 2018

DIY Brightening Sheet Mask Recipe for the Face

Brighten your skin with this easy DIY sheet mask recipe with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.  

Sheet masks are one of the best new trends in beauty in my humble opinion.  I love having them around because they don't work well and don't dry out.  There are few things worse than finding a mask that you love only to find out that it dried out before you could use it up.  

I do a mask every week, but I mix up what I use.  I have large pores, so I usually do a charcoal or a bentonite clay mask.  When my skin looks dull, I look for a DIY brightening face mask recipe.


I love this mask because it made my skin glow, and it softened my skin without making it oily thanks to the dry oil that I used.  


WHAT ARE SHEET MASKS?

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Sheet masks are the latest Korean inspired beauty product that's gaining popularity in the United States.  They are shaped to fit your face with eye and nose holes cut out.  They are soaked in a serum or other product that help your skin.

Other masks exfoliate or clear your pores, but sheet masks focus more on anti-aging or moisturizing your skin.  I need to exfoliate my skin to clear my pores, so I pair a sheet mask either with a charcoal mask or use Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub.  I do masks every 3-4 days so I don't irritate my skin.  

The sheet prevents the products from evaporating, so you get more benefits from the products.  This helps the products absorb deeper in your skin for greater effects.  

Sheet masks are easy to use, and I like that I can switch up different brands easily without having a bunch of open products taking up room on my shelf.  

One drawback is that they are pricey.  I've seen some masks that sell for $2 or so, but I'm honestly a little scared to try them.  Sheet masks that aren't made with quality ingredients can evaporate before they really get a chance to penetrate the skin.  If I'm going to buy something, I want to buy something that works

Most of the sheet masks that I've tried have been between $5 and $10.  This is cheaper than a day at the spa, but it's not cheap when you use four a month!  

I made my own DIY brigthening sheet mask recipe for around 10 cents!  That's a great cost savings, and it was so easy to do.  


DIY BRIGHTENING SHEET MASK RECIPE


You'll need sheet masks.  I bought this 100 pack on Amazon for under $10, which is 10 cents per mask.  This will last me just under two years if I use a mask a week.  At that price, it's also a great project for girl's night or a home spa day with friends.


GREEN TEA


For the base of the recipe, I used green tea.  Green tea is very high in antioxidants to fight free radicals.  The EGCG found in the tea has been shown to reactivate dying skin cells, making it a powerful natural anti-aging product.  

The tannins in the tea act like a natural astringent, clearing your pores and making them appear smaller.  Tannin also helps control oil production, so this is a great mask for oily skin and large pores.

Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory and natural exfoliant to make your skin brighter and fresher looking.


ROSEHIP INFUSED GRAPESEED OIL


I use rosehip infused grapeseed oil.  Rosehips have many benefits for your skin, including anti-oxidants and vitamins A and C.  Rosehips are also a natural astringent, so using them can make your skin look brighter.

I infused the rosehips in grapeseed oil.  Grapeseed is one of my favorite carrier oils because it's a lightweight dry oil, so it doesn't leave your skin oily or greasy.  Grapeseed is really high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.  It can also help clean out clogged pores thanks to the linoleic acid.

To infuse the rosehips and oil, I put the rosehips in a jelly jar and covered them with oil.  Then I let them sit for two months, strained, and kept the infused oil.  You can learn more about how to infuse oils and herbs here.

HONEY


Honey has enzymes that allow it to penetrate deep in your skin.  It's moisturizing without making your skin oily.  Since it's naturally antibacterial, it can help clear blemishes and clean your pores.

READ Honey Benefits for Hair and Skin

CARROT SEED OIL


Carrot seed oil is extracted from the seed of the carrot plant.  This wonderful oil is high in antioxidants thanks to it's high vitamin E content.

It's also high in carotol and vitamin C, so it has anti-aging properties and helps rejuvenate your skin.  Sometimes anti-aging ingredients can irritate your skin, this this oil is generally well tolerated by those with sensitive skin.

I got my carrot seed oil from Bolek's Crafts.  It's not available online, but you can call or email them to order.

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1 


Brew green tea and let cool completely.  I left the tea bags in the tea pot while it cooled to make it more concentrated.

STEP #2


Combing green tea, oil, honey, and carrot seed oil in a shallow bowl.


STEP #3


Dip the sheet mask in the mixture and let it saturate completely.

STEP #4


Pull out the mask and let it drip for a minute.  You  might need to squeeze some of it out.  

STEP #5


Carefully place the mask on your face.  Press down so it completely touches your face.  

STEP #6


Let it sit for 30 minutes.  Remove mask and rub any liquid into your face and neck.  You can also rinse with water if you feel too sticky from the honey.  It wasn't a problem at all for me, so I just tossed the mask and went on with my day. 


My skin felt amazing after I used this mask!  The grapeseed oil soaked in and make my skin so soft, but it didn't feel greasy.

You can make a few masks out of this recipe, so invite a friend over and have some girl time while the mask does its magic.

Discard any leftovers.  You can use this mask about once a week, but green tea will only last for 2 days in the fridge.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.