Homemade face masks can add moisture, fight aging or banish acne from your skin. But when natural ingredients come together, it can get messy -- nothing is worse than honey dripping into your eyes! Enter sheet masks: The facial trend that uses thin, absorbent material to deliver concentrated doses of skin-loving ingredients without the goop. Rather than buy disposable masks, make your own reusable mask with our free pattern download.
Items you will need
- Free downloadable [face mask pattern](http://img.ehowcdn.com/pdf.ehow.com/0da58787d04bd5f7b17db1571363e13d_facemaskpattern.pdf)
- Cotton or silk fabric (100% cotton flour sack dish towels work well)
- Marker or pencil
- Green tea
- Witch hazel
- Rosehip seed oil
Download this free, reusable facial mask template and print. Cut out the two mask pieces, including the eye and mouth holes.
Outline the mask pieces onto a thin, absorbent piece of natural material, like a 100% cotton dish towel or piece of silk. The two separate pieces of cloth fit the face well, so you get more mask surface hitting all areas of the face. Plus, it lets you experiment with the multi-masking trend if you want to apply different ingredients to different areas of your face.
After you've traced the mask, cut it out and trim as needed to fit your face.
Here's a simple mask recipe that targets wrinkles and blemishes or age spots. Combine 2 tablespoons of strong brewed green tea for a dose of free radical-fighting antioxidants with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, which is an antibacterial astringent. Add 1/2 teaspoon of an anti-aging oil like rosehip seed oil and a squeeze of lemon to lighten skin discoloration. Stir together in a small bowl.
Customize your mask with whatever ingredients you love: Honey, glycerin, aloe vera, rose water or other teas, like chamomile.
Put both mask pieces in the bowl to soak up as much liquid as possible. When the pieces are completely wet, remove them from the bowl, squeezing out any excess so the mask is saturated, but not dripping.
Let the facial mask rest on your face for 15 to 20 minutes to let all the ingredients soak into your skin. Remove the mask, rinse your face and follow with moisturizer.
Hand wash the mask with a gentle soap and lay it flat on a towel. When it's dry, it's ready to use again!