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