We can’t say it often enough: it’s important to take time for yourself. In a world where everything moves so quickly and you always have 1001 things to think about, it’s easy to forget about what’s essential: you. That’s why we came up with Back in 10: a creamy homemade face mask that leaves your skin soft and happy—and the perfect excuse to take ten minutes just for you.
In creating this beautifying face mask recipe, we thought of everything that makes skin happy: a light and non-greasy texture, hydration, softness, and radiance. Just put on your favourite tunes, light a couple of candles, and make yourself a tea or coffee. Now you’re set to take a perfect ten… or perhaps fifteen! Either way, relaxation guaranteed!
And just in case anyone should dare to disturb you in the meantime, we recommend hanging a little “Back in 10” sign on your door. Time for yourself is sacred!
How to make a face mask
- 1 g (1%) aloe vera 100X powder
- 0.5 g (0.5%) rosemary oleoresin
- 1 g (1%) elderberry extract
- 1.5 g (1.5%) aromatic essence of your choosing
- Two small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make two double boilers
- Small silicone spatula
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few ramekins
- Mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- Basin filled with water (to make a cold water bath)
- Jar (120 ml)
Good to know!
- To make this DIY face mask, you can use demineralized water or choose a hydrosol that’s right for your skin type. You can of course use a combination of the two, so long as they total 65.5% (65.5 g in this recipe).
- Vegetable glycerin is humectant: it hydrates your skin and helps maintain hydration.
- We advise against replacing the glyceryl stearate SE with another emulsifier, as that may affect the product’s effectiveness—notably its texture and shelf life. Glyceryl stearate also yields a mask that’s suitable for all skin types with a firm, easy-to-apply consistency, and that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
- Grapeseed oil is an exfoliant and emollient.
- White clay cleanses and softens your skin.
- Aloe vera powder hydrates your complexion and leaves it looking beautiful, thanks to its composition rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Rosemary oleoresin is an antioxidant, so it protects the oil phase from oxidation. It also revitalizes your skin.
- Elderberry extract is the aqueous phase preservative.
- You can choose to use an essential oil suitable for your skin type rather than an aromatic essence. If you choose an essential oil not included in this article, be mindful of photosensitizing and dermocaustic (skin-irritating) essential oils! Photosensitizing essential oils include bergamot, celery seed, lemon, lime, litsea, pink grapefruit, red mandarin, sweet orange, tangerine, and white grapefruit). If you choose to use any of these, you must avoid sun exposure after application. Dermocaustic essential oils include cinnamon bark, cinnamon leaf, clary sage, clove, ginger, oregano, peppermint, spearmint, and thyme. They must make up no more than 0.5% of your total recipe, or they may irritate—or even burn—your skin.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the glyceryl stearate SE and grapeseed oil in the first small stainless steel bowl. Heat on the double boiler.
- Weigh the white clay in a ramekin.
- When the glyceryl stearate has melted, add the white clay and mix with the mini-mixer to disperse the powder. Leave the bowl on the double boiler until the mixture has reached 70–80 °C.
- In the meanwhile, weigh the aqueous phase ingredients in the second small stainless steel bowl. Heat on the second double boiler until the aqueous phase reaches 70–80 °C.
- Weigh the aloe vera powder in a second ramekin.
- Weigh the rosemary oleoresin, elderberry extract, and your chosen scent in a third ramekin.
- When the aqueous and oil phases have both reached a temperature of 70–80 °C, remove them from the double boilers and pour the oil phase over the aqueous phase. Mix using the mini-mixer.
- Place the bowl in a cold water bath and continue to mix with the mini-mixer.
- When the emulsion has cooled to 45 °C, add the contents of the second and third ramekins (aloe vera, preservatives, and scent). Mix with the spatula until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Pour the mixture into the jar.
Use and conservation
This homemade face mask is formulated for all skin types.
To use it, wash and dry your face, then apply a thick layer of the mask. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping off with a make-up remover cloth or rinsing off with fresh water. Proceed with your usual beauty routine.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this face mask will keep for about three months.