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The Easy DIY That Makes Skincare Way More Affordable

DIY Sheet Mask

Today we’re talking about one of the current biggest trends in skincare products: sheet masks! Whether they are a regular part of your skincare routine or you’ve only used them for a “treat yo self” spa day at home, sheet masks are quickly becoming a global obsession.

We’ll start by taking a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of sheet masks, and then I’ll be showing you how you can make a DIY sheet mask at home! We’ll also discuss how to make your own mask serums using natural, skin-nourishing ingredients, all for a fraction of the cost. :-)

DIY Sheet Mask

So What’s The Deal With Sheet Masks?

A sheet mask is a thin, face-shaped sheet of material that is typically saturated with some sort of serum or skincare product. Sheet masks can help address all sorts of skin concerns, from dryness to acne.

While facial masks are nothing new, sheet masks do have the added benefit of being a bit less messy than the kind you smear on and let dry. One potential drawback, however, is the added cost—a single-use sheet mask can cost anywhere from $2 to $17!

But if you’re willing to go the DIY route, you can make your own skin-nourishing sheet masks at home for a fraction of the cost of the store-bought ones! Here’s how it’s done.

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DIY Sheet Mask

How To Make A DIY Sheet Mask


  • Dry sheet mask*
  • Mask serum (see “DIY Mask Serums” below)
  • Small bowl

*Note: I bought this pack of 100 dry sheet masks on Amazon for just $10 (or just $0.10 per sheet!)

DIY Sheet Mask


Step 1 – Cleanse & Tone

Start with clean hands and a clean face. Remove your makeup and/or use a cleanser to remove impurities from your skin, then pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Then apply a toner (if you have one) after cleansing to prepare your skin to absorb all the skin-nourishing ingredients of your sheet mask.

DIY Sheet Mask

Step 2 – Prepare The Sheet Mask

Add the ingredients of your chosen mask serum to a small bowl, then use a fork to whisk them together.

Drop one of your dry sheet masks into the finished mask serum mixture and let it swell for a minute or two. Use your fingers to gently unfold the compressed sheet mask as it swells to make sure the whole thing gets fully saturated.

DIY Sheet Mask

Step 3 – Apply

Remove the saturated sheet mask from the bowl and squeeze gently to stop it from dripping. Then place the sheet mask on your face, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

Step 4 – Remove & Moisturize

Remove the sheet mask, then discard it. If any of the mask mixture remains on your skin, there’s no need to rinse—massage it into your skin for even more moisture!

Finally, apply a bit of your favorite moisturizer if desired. Use sheets masks once a week to begin with so you don’t overwhelm your skin.

DIY Sheet Mask

DIY Mask Serums

Here’s the recipe I used for my DIY sheet masks, which is packed with anti-aging and skin-brightening ingredients. Feel free to use it, or continue reading to learn how to mix up your own unique serums for sheet masks!

DIY Sheet Mask

DIY Anti-Aging Serum

1 tsp vegetable glycerine
1 tsp rose water
1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

DIY Sheet Mask

Make Your Own Serum!

There are many ingredients you can use to make your own mask serum, but you want to choose ones that complement your skin type. Here’s a list of ingredients to consider adding to your formula, along with a brief explanation of their skincare benefits:

  • Vegetable Glycerin – A humectant that helps skin retain moisture
  • Rose Water – Controls oil while hydrating and soothing irritated skin
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil – Contains healthy fatty acids, natural antioxidants, and nourishing nutrients
  • Vitamin E Oil – High in antioxidants
  • Lavender Essential Oil – Soothes skin and calms irritation
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – Antibacterial oil that can help fight acne
  • Frankincense Essential Oil – Spurs skin cell regeneration to help smooth out wrinkles
  • Honey – Helps skin to retain moisture and has antibacterial properties
  • Chamomile Tea – Has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Green Tea – High in antioxidants
  • Colloidal Oatmeal – Great for soothing sensitive skin and adding moisture
  • Rice Water – Easy to make, and contains nourishing antioxidants and organic compounds that help soothe and heal skin
  • Aloe Vera Gel – Improves collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles

What ingredients would you want to try in your DIY sheet mask?

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  • Great idea. This might be an idea for my teenage nieces. I agree that the sheet masks can be outrageously expensive. I’m willing to pay up $3.00 , but that’s my limit. Using the handkerchief to make a re-usable one is too much work for me.

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  • I’m all for DIY beauty and stay-home spa treats! Thanks for this post. I’m increasingly concerned about the number of single-use, throwaway stuff I generate. Thanks to you, I now use re-usable cloths for my “Swiffer sheets” floor and counter top cleaners, and feel much better and less trashy. Lol So if some of your other readers would like a planet-friendly, low-impact spin on your idea, do what I did: Google “re-usable sheet masks.” Some weird silicone things came up (no judgment here if you want one of those), but I also found this link, which suggests cutting your own custom holes in a simple muslin handkerchief.
    I suppose it might be even less expensive to go to a fabric store to buy the muslin — but that might be too crafty and labor-intensive for some. Like maybe me! Lol
    I’m going to try your serum with a handkerchief. Seems like a good sustainability hack!

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