Easy Peasy: A DIY Peel-Off Soothing Face Mask

If you’re looking for a mask to keep your skin soft, clean and free of excess oils then look no further than this easy to make Peel Off Parsley Mask. While some DIY masks offer more fun than functionality, this recipe leaves the skin smooth, revived and soothed. The action of peeling the mask off removes dull dead cells that can be missed by a weekly scrub and collect on the surface of the skin, Witch Hazel helps to tone and remove excess oils, while Parsley contains high levels of Vitamin C (much more than citrus fruits,) iron, minerals and essential oils to brighten and calm inflammation. Here’s my simple step-by-step guide…

What you’ll need:
A small microwave safe bowl
2 teaspoons powdered Gelatine
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon pure distilled Witch Hazel
1 drop Tea Tree Oil (swap for Lavender if you have dry skin)
1 small handful fresh Parsley

Begin
by crushing the Parsley, using either a pestle and mortar to pulverise
the leaves, or slice it finely and use the back of a spoon to work it
into a paste on a chopping board. Transfer the parsley and any
escaped juices to your bowl. Add the essential oil, Witch Hazel and cold
water to the parsley and give it a quick mix together to combine.
Sprinkle the gelatine over the green liquid ingredients and let it sit
without stirring for a couple of minutes to allow the gelatine grains to
swell by absorbing the liquid. Then stir the mixture to avoid lumps,
before heating in the microwave for about 20 seconds, or until all the
gelatine grains have dissolved.

The mask will be hot
and thin straight from the microwave, so leave it to cool before
attempting application. As the mixture cools it will become thicker and
gel-like, making it easier to apply without running or dripping. If the
mask is very hot, test a little on your wrist to ensure it won’t burn
your face; alternatively, if you’ve left the mask to cool for too long and it has
set, place the bowl back into the microwave for another 10-20 seconds to
make it runny again. Applying to the face is easy by using the back of a
spoon to spread it across the skin, avoiding the eye area and eyebrows. (This recipe makes enough product for one thick
application.)

After
about 20 minutes the mask should be set on the skin and ready to peel
off. It should come away easily and I find it quite fun to see how much I
can peel off in one go. If any areas are difficult or painful to remove,
it’s because the mask has been either spread too thinly or too much
gelatine was added; use a damp cloth to gently remove these pieces to
avoid irritation or damage to the skin.  Once everything has been
peeled, the skin should look clean and revived, feel soft and smooth
with no oily slip to the T-Zone.

I would love to hear
your experience if you decide to give this mask a go, or if you have any
other recipes for DIY masks to share! Are you a fan of at-home beauty treatments?

Written by Kirsty Paterson
@taupeandpearl

1 Comment

  1. Sara T
    December 3, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Definitely trying this out at the weekend me thinks!

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