There is nothing I love to spend my hard-earned cash on more than some skincare. I will drop major amounts of money on peels, sheet masks, or tubs of goo like it’s nobody’s business. But since I’m supposed to be a responsible adult now and watch my spending, I’ve started researching low-cost dupes for my favorite skincare treats. I love a good sheet mask and even though they only cost $7-12 each, those small costs add up really quickly. DIY sheet masks come in handy especially when the seasons change and you don’t have anything in your skincare arsenal to moisturize your dry skin or combat a new batch of acne.
I first heard about the Missha First Treatment Essence on Refinery29 where they described it as a dupe for SK-II’s cult classic Treatment Essence. On Amazon the Missha version costs $30 while the SK-II full-sized bottle will cost you $165. This alone is a great dupe, but I took it a step further and made my own version of the SK-II Facial Treatment Masks with the Missha Essence. First, you need to find a set of dry, compressed face masks (I bought mine from Muji for $8) or use some hi-end facial cotton like Shisheido’s Facial Cotton. In a bowl, pour the treatment essence over the mask or cotton pads until completely saturated with liquid. When the mask is wet you apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes and let the essence soak in. After you remove the mask, pat in the remaining essence on your face and sleep with it on.
A cheaper alternative to this if you don’t want to waste your essence is to saturate the mask in 1/4 cup of witch hazel, 3/4 cup of water, and one teaspoon of aloe vera gel to combat acne. You could also mix a cool cup of chamomile tea with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and half a teaspoon of honey to reduce redness, irritation and dryness. Both of these recipes will leave the skin slightly tacky afterwards, so it’s important to wash your face after removing the mask.
These masks are super easy to make and won’t break the bank if you have an unhealthy obsession with sheet masks (like I do). Let me know if you try any of these out and which works best for you!