DIY Vegan Face Masks for Minimalists – Korean Beauty Picks

by Nov 18, 2018

Using a face mask is a signature Korean beauty (K-beauty) regimen that can help achieve the radiating, glowing skin we dream of.

And as a Korean woman, I have used a face mask at least 2-3 times a week for as long as I remember, after my daily evening cleansing routine.

For a very long time, I used those one-time Korean sheet masks. But once I realized the harmful environmental impact of plastic packaging that comes with those face masks, I went on a quest to find the perfect homemade DIY face masks that are more eco-friendly and still can do wonders for my skin. 

Moreover, using a sheet mask once a week, could become quite costly over the years.

Finally, if you ever used a Korean face mask, you may have noticed that plants and grains are key ingredients. So why not use the raw ingredients on my skin as well?

This blog post shares my 3 favorite DIY plant-based, vegan face masks that you can easily make at home. 

1. Kelp (Dashima)

A Korean household never runs out of kelp (dry seaweed also known as dashima or kombu). 

It is an essential ingredient used in making the stock of many Korean stew and soup dishes.

I was a bit unsure about this at first, but after reading Korean bloggers on Naver (Google of Korea) rave about how Korean celebrities use kelp (dashima) as a skin care regimen, I had to try it!

Why is kelp (dashima) amazing for the skin? 

Kelp is a sea vegetable rich in antioxidants including vitamin A, C, E, and rich in minerals such as zinc, selenium, and manganese.

Kelp face mask is great for skins with blemishes because it helps remove toxin and blackhead build-ups. It also provides a deep hydration to the skin without making it oily.

Kelp should be soaked in warm water for at least 20 minutes before applying it to the skin.

Kelp mask can be applied directly by gently rubbing the soaked kelp on the skin for few minutes. You can also make it into you make it into a smooth puree with a little bit of distilled water to apply the paste over a cotton sheet mask.

I personally like to rub it directly on my skin as the last step of my evening cleansing routine.

The only downside is that it may have a fishy smell, but I’ve gotten used to it over time. smile

2. Black Bean Mask

I love black beans and always make sure to include them when making rice.

Black beans elivers so much benefits to the skin including anti-aging, correcting uneven skin tone, and deep hydration!

Why are black beans amazing for the skin? 

Black bean is rich in anthocyanins, which has been rated to have the highest antioxidant compounds than any other type of beans, fruits, and vegetables!

No wonder I felt as though I’ve aged backwards after applying using the black beans on my skin. 

Moreover, I’ve found that my homemade black bean mask not only has an anti-aging effect that rejuvenates the skin, but also hydrates, corrects uneven skin tone, and lightens dark spotsMy husband has many dark spots and we were both surprised when his dark spots were immediately reduced after this mask. 

Of course, your dark spots won’t disappear just after doing this mask once, so I recommend using this face mask at least once a week. 

This mask takes a bit of time to make since the beans need to be soaked for at least 4 hours, boiled, and blended into a creamy, paste-like texture. 

3. Cucumber Mask

Cucumber mask is nothing new and widely used. It is something old Korean ladies have been using for years, and according to my mom, the reason for her glowing skin even at her old age.

Why is cucumber amazing for the skin? 

Cucumber is rich in vitamin C and caffeic acidand works great for soothing irritated skin (especially after a long day out in the sun) and hydrating your skin.

One caution for using cucumber is that you must use fresh, organic cucumbers. There was a time I used less fresh cucumber and gave me red blemishes that quickly went away after a day or so.

A pro tip for the cucumber mask is to slice them ultra thin to ensure the moisture gets well absorbed to your skin.

Similar to the kelp mask, the cucumber can be applied directly to your face, or blended into a paste-like texture with white flour and distilled water. (I personally prefer to apply them directly over my face).

That concludes my short list of DIY face masks Korean women love.

What are you some of your favorite DIY face masks? Tell me in the comment box below as I would love to try out new ones!


Note: Like any other skin care regimen, people react differently to different skin care methods. So when using DIY face masks or any other face masks, use them at your own discretion, and stop using if you experience any irriation or allergic reaction.

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