I'm obsessed with face masks.
I usually try to do a face mask at least once a week, if not more! I love the feeling it gives my skin after, like a baby's bumb. I will try all and any! I stock up on little packs of peel off masks, love clay masks, exfoliating masks, ALL THE MASKS! Even the fun ones when you put that cloth like wet mask on your face and you look like a burn victim. ALL THE MASKS!
And then I realized I could just make my own. Trial and error is the best part, like last week when I tried mixing arrowroot powder and French green clay and ended up with a weird dried up doughy mixture on my face. Was very mask-esq, but I wouldn't do it again.
Through my endless surfing of the webernet, I came across a DIY peel off face mask. With glue. Now I don't know about any of you, but the thought of using GLUE to clean my face was about as far away from appealing as one could possibly get. How can I clean my face with chemicals? Why would I want to clean my face with chemicals? Glue is glue for a reason. Not for my skin routine. So back to my webernetting I went.
I FINALLY found a DIY peel off mask (here) that didn't totally gross me out. In fact it's amazingly quick and simple, and you probably have everything you need in your cupboard! Well, depending on your vitamin routine. But it's all super inexpensive.
All you need for this DIY peel off mask are Gelatine and Activated Charcoal.
1 packet Original Unflavoured Knox Gelatine
4 Capsules Activated Charcoal
3 TBSP Distilled Water
Using a small glass bowl, combined gelatine, charcoal, and water.
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Using a small saucepan, put the bowl into the saucepan with enough water to cover the sides of the bowl. Heat the mixture up until the gelatine dissolves. Remove from the pan and let it cool until it's cool enough to put onto your skin.
Using a paintbrush or make up brush, paint your face with the mixture. Avoid getting in into your hairline or on your eyebrows so you don't peel any hair out! Ouch!
You will have quite a bit left over, probably enough for 2 or 3 more masks, it's best to use fresh though, so if you have some girlfriends over, make a night of it! It will harden as it cools.
Let the mask harden on your face. It can take a while, so this isn't a quick mask. It could take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on how thick you layered it on. And it will get VERY hard. Don't plan on making any phone calls during this face masking.
When the mask it completely dry, slowly peel it off your face. Mine came off in small bits and chunks so don't expect the entire thing to come off looking like a second skin! If it's too painful, use warm water and a washcloth to scrub it off.
After you've peeled off the mask, use a warm wet washcloth to scrub off any extra bits that didn't peel off, and to clean any residual charcoal off. The mask should be full of gross little bits that it's pulled out of your pores. If you want to see examples, Google it, I won't show you mine! Finish off with your favourite face oil to moisturize!
And there you have it! An easy DIY peel off mask you can make, and it doesn't take long either!
To have even more fun, give yourself a treat by having a spa day! DIY face mask combined with a hot bath using our bath salts, what could be better?
DISCLOSURE: Pulling the face mask off can be quite painful, especially if you've never done a peel off mask before. Always test new products on a small patch of skin first just to see if you have a bad reaction to it. You can also use this JUST on your t-zone where blackheads are more likely to occur, and avoid using it on super sensitive areas of the face like under eyes and on the cheeks. Redness can also occur, but again that's why it is best to test it on a smaller patch of skin first.