Benefits of Sheet Masks (& some recipes!)

Well honestly, is there much a good face mask can’t cure? They are amazing at addressing skin woes, minimizing pore, blemish reduction…and they’re great for your stress level because you have to stop and relax for 15-30 minutes while you’re wearing it. So that crappy day at school, the office, with the kids, whatever…is going to fade away while you hang out and do nothing but breathe and chill and let your face mask give you beautiful skin.

Masks trap moisture and beneficial ingredients in the skin and creates a film that helps to hydrate, moisturize, dry, exfoliate, restore, protect, refine, firm, brighten… (depending on the mask recipe.) Face masks are designed to allow ingredients to penetrate into the skin in a short amount of time.

You are probably familiar with clay masks, but…what the what is a sheet mask? Sheet masks came out of the K-Beauty trend. K-Beauty is short for Korean Beauty Trends.

For decades now, skincare aficionados in Korea have been innovating sheet masks, gel creams, and eye serums into their routines, incorporating ingredients both new and traditional to their regional culture.

K-Beauty’s rise in popularity in the West began several years ago, when products in quirky, eye-catching packaging began appearing in specialty cosmetic stores. These new offerings boasted an ingredient list both fascinating and provocative, sparking conversation and debate around worrisome elements like snail slime and squid ink. In spite of (or perhaps helped by) the controversy raised by its sometimes unsettling recipes, K-Beauty has continued to grow in popularity here in the U.S, and beyond because there are some fantastic ideas here and a lot of them utilize things you probably already have in your kitchen.

Seriously there are some amazingly wonderful beauty ideas that have come from K-Beauty so let’s take a look at why home sheet masks! I promise we’re not going to use any of those “worrisome” ingredients.

Hydration
The fabric used prevents water evaporation allowing for better absorption of the mask solution and maintains skin hydration.

Anti-Oxidant Properties
Due to phenols and bioflavonoids (see my post … ) many masks have anti-ox properties and can prevent free radical damage to keep skin healthy…and remember free radical eradication is anti-aging

Budget Friendly
Doing stuff at home saves money! Sheet masks are like a stay-cation for your face!! Check out my line of Mask Powders and combine them with the liquid of your choice – you save money over those big-name masks, and you’ll probably actually use them more! Win win win!!!

Customizable
You can customize the solutions…need some of the benefits from a couple different formulas? No worries, mix that goodness together!

Here are some DIY at home Sheet Mask recipes you can whip up in your kitchen, too. For your Sheet Mask pellets, brushes, and more targeted skin care formulation head on over to catspawfarm.com, too.

The Basics:
Gather Your Ingredients & Tools
Mix your Ingredients
Hydrate your Mask
Drape your Mask
Relax
Remove and Enjoy your pampered skin

Easy-peasy! Here’s a great recipe to get started with. This is good for all skin types and green tea fights free-radicals and brightens skin.

Super Simple Starter Mask (SSSM)
Brew a cup of green tea and let it cool completely. You can leave the tea bag in the liquid while it cools down to concentrate the tea, too.

Combine 2 tablespoons of the cooled tea with 2 tablespoons of your favorite Cats Paw Farm Toner in a shallow bowl and stir well. Dip your sheet mask into the mixture and let it get soaked. Pull the mask out and allow it to drip dry over the bowl. Don’t wring all the good stuff out, but you don’t want it dripping all over either.
Lean back in your favorite chair or lay down. Drape the sheet mask on your and smooth it with your fingers (or use a sheet mask brush for more control) so it covers your facial skin. Relax for 30 minutes.

Remove the sheet mask and discard if it’s a disposable, or set it aside for cleaning if it’s a reusable.
Splash some cool water on your face and then toss the remaining mask mix (yes there will be leftover so share your mask time with a friend if it bothers you to throw out the leftover.)

Toss a couple of ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon in the cup of remaining green tea and enjoy a refreshing beverage that is full of anti-oxidants for your insides, too!

the following recipes use the same basics as the SSSM so I’m just going to list the specific ingredients rather than describing how to do the whole mask.

Detox Mask 1
1 tsp almond flour (or crush a couple almonds to fine powder)
2 tbsp olive oil
note This mask is best done with a disposable sheet mask as it is really difficult to get the mask clean again after using an oil based mask. Remember that oils are good for our skin…see my post…

Detox Mask 2
2 tbsp green tea
3-4 drops lemon juice
1/8 tsp honey (dissolve in the tea while it’s still warm for best results)

Refreshing Mask 1
1 tbsp-aloe juice mixed with about 1 tbsp clean water

Refreshing Mask 2
1 tbsp watermelon juice (or finely mashed fresh watermelon) mixed with about 1 tbsp aloe

Dry Skin Mask
1 tbsp aloe mixed with 1 tbsp rose water

Calming Mask 1
enough mashed cucumber (no seeds or rind) to get about 2 tbsp liquid. After mashing you can squeeze the mash to get the liquid that you’re after.

Calming Mask 2
Chamomile flowers and lavender flowers steeped in boiling water and cooled. You’ll use about 2 tbsp for your mask.

Grounding Mask (oily skin)
A couple lemon balm (Melissa) leaves steeped in boiling water and cooled. You’ll use about 1 tbsp for your mask mixed with 1 tbsp witch hazel.

Cooling Mask (sensitive skin)
1 tbsp peppermint tea cooled and mixed with 1 tbsp cucumber juice

Brightening Mask 1 (acne/mature/sensitive skin)
2 tbsp green tea mixed with a few drops rosehip oil and (optionally) 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Brightening Mask 2
2 tbsp rice water.
This one requires some advance planning, but it’s worth it. The evening before your mask soak your amount of rice (white or brown) in twice as much water. Soak the sheet mask in the liquid for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator before applying to face.

Oatmeal Mask (sunburn, soothing)
Finely powder about a tsp of oatmeal and mix into 3 tbsp water and let it sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes before soaking your mask. Optionally you can mix in a couple drops of honey, too.

Nourishing Face Mask
Not everyone has seaweed powder in their kitchen, but if you do this is a nice recipe.
Mix 1/2 tsp powdered seaweed in 2 tbsp green tea.

Pore Tightening Mask
2 tbsp rose water with 3-4 drops glycerin mixed in.

Acne Prone Skin Mask
1 tbsp witch hazel mixed with 1 tbsp water and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil

Hydrating Mask (sensitive skin)
1 tbsp aloe juice mixed with 1 tbsp cooled green tea and 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Honey Mask
Honey has so many great properties for skin. I love this mask and have a few tips…first being to pull your hair off your face. No one wants sticky honey hair. Unless you do (honey is a great hair mask, too.) Also, you’ll want to use a sheet mask brush to apply the honey to your face.
Honey is the only ingredient – use the mask brush to apply and then apply a clean sheet mask over the top. Use a (cleaned) mask brush to contour the mask to your face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. I rinse this one off in the shower for the least amount of mess.

Mature Skin Mask
Here’s another honey mask that’s great for mature skin! Mix your honey with 1 tsp rosehip oil and apply as described above.

Now that we have a few recipes to try I need to remind you about….

Things Not to Put Directly Onto Your Skin Without Mixing Into a Base…
Lemon Juice
Apple Cider
These ingredients can make the skin overly sensitive to light and could cause skin bleaching when used as a stand-alone ingredient.

REMEMBER WHEN WORKING WITH REFRIGERATOR INGREDIENTS
If you wouldn’t eat it outright – do not put it on your face. Throw that sketchy tub of yogurt out…It’s not still good to use for anything else if you wouldn’t eat it right now.

Timing
Your mask is good for THAT DAY. A home wet-mask is exposed to the environment and bacteria have a field day with fresh ingredients – so don’t wait – use it as soon as you make it (or at least within an hour) – 20 minutes if it has dairy ingredients (and you can substitute milk for water in any mask.) How long would you let milk sit out and still drink it? That’s how long your milk mask has, too.

If you’re not feeling playing with what’s in your kitchen that’s ok! Come on over and check out the Mask Powders that I create. You can use these with the liquid of your choice. I love green tea, milk, and even diluted lotion for these. You can mix them thicker for a clay mask experience or dilute for sheet masks. Each jar has about 10-20 masks worth of powder depending on how you mix it. (These are all different ingredients from the recipes above.)

Enjoy exploring Sheet Masks!!

Next time maybe we’ll chat about how to turn your CP Mask Powders into Jelly Masks, cos all masks are awesome and really we just can’t get enough of them!

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