With summer just around the corner, it's time to make sure your skin is healthy and moisturized! If you haven’t already heard of sheet masks, they’re a Korean beauty trend currently gaining popularity Stateside. They work by delivering product deep into the skin in a concentrated way, decreasing water evaporation and warming up the skin so it can fully absorb the liquid and vitamins of the mask. We asked friend and DIY extraordinaire, Gwendolyn McKenzie, for a simple recipe so that we can create our own masks (minus the expense!).
The three ingredients in this mask work together to create soft, glowing skin. The Primrose oil smells heavenly and is packed with fatty acids, which help produce skin’s natural oil barrier (and are also critical in maintaining hydration and plumpness). Vitamin E has basic antioxidant properties and the ability to neutralize damaging free radicals. Last but certainly not least is Lavandin, a hybrid created from true lavender and spike lavender. It’s essential oil acts as a cicatrisant that makes scars and acne fade away - perfect for acne-prone skin because of it’s antiseptic properties.
cotton sheet mask (we like this one!)
flowers of choice
1 tbsp. evening primrose oil
1 tsp. liquid vitamin e
2 drops lavandin essential oil
Start by pouring about a tablespoon of primrose oil into a shallow dish, then add a teaspoon of liquid vitamin e. Finish you mixture with a few drops of Lavandin essential oil, be sparing as Lavandin is extremely potent. Stir until the oils are completely combined.
Next, fold your sheet mask in quarters and place it in your oil mixture. Turn over and rub the oils into the mask until it is completely saturated.
Unfold your mask and lay on a flat, clean surface. Now for the fun part! Begin pressing flower petals onto your mask in key areas like under the eyes and across the forehead. Rose petals are a rich source of vitamin c and have cooling properties that sooth the skin. Added bonus: the flower petals help you feel less like a scary monster, and more like a flower goddess (we'll take it!).
To apply your mask, start at the forehead, and line it up with your eyes so you don’t get an air pocket, then pat the mask onto your cheeks, moving down towards your chin. Don’t worry if a few of the petals fall off, just tap back into place. Then, lie down and allow the mask to work its' magic for 10-15 minutes.
p.s. Another one of our favorite DIY beauty recipes!