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For years now, Korean women have been “cheating” their age with the help of a unique treatment — the sheet mask.

If you haven’t heard of sheet masks before, it’s probably because they aren’t widely used in the U.S. At least not yet.

But in South Korea (a country famous for being at the forefront of skincare innovation), they’re one of the biggest beauty trends.

What makes sheet masks so special?

sheet mask

A traditional rice paper sheet mask.

Sheet masks are literally thin sheets of cotton or rice paper, soaked in a serum-like solution

The sheet locks in moisture and pushes the solution deep into the skin — providing maximum hydration and nourishment.

Once the sheet is removed, the “serum” is then massaged directly into the skin for even longer-lasting benefits.

And the results — which include a dewy, radiant, and more supple complexion (to name a few) — are not only instant, but can be quite dramatic as well.

Fortunately, you don’t need to travel overseas to try this treatment.

In fact, even though sheet masks are now making their way stateside (as Korean skincare products tend to do), you don’t need to go out and buy one…

Because there’s actually a simple — and very inexpensive — way to make your own sheet mask right at home.

I call it:

“The Skin-Tightening ‘Cheat’ Mask”

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel (available at most health food stores — or you can squeeze it straight from a fresh aloe vera leaf, if you have one handy)
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater (you can make your own by simmering rose petals in water — just be sure to strain and cool before using)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine (available at most pharmacies, health food stores, or online for under $10)
  • 5-8 strips of gauze, about 3-4 inches in length.


DIY sheet mask

Make sure to cover your cheeks, chin, nose,
and forehead (you can put a couple strips on
your neck and décolletage too).

  1.  Combine aloe vera, rosewater, and vegetable glycerine in medium-sized bowl. Mix until evenly blended.
  2. Soak gauze strips in the mixture for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Apply strips directly to face until all desired areas of skin are covered.
  4. Leave on for 20 minutes, then remove gauze and gently massage the remaining “residue” directly into your skin (the point is NOT to rinse!).

Your skin will instantly feel tighter, firmer, and more elastic every time you use this “cheat” mask.

Plus, your complexion will have a dewy, radiant glow for days!

Why It Works:

Aside from the unique application method, it’s the emulsion itself that packs such a powerful punch.

Aloe vera helps to even out skin tone and give your complexion a firmer feel.1

Three simple ingredients turn into a powerful at-home serum

Three simple ingredients turn into a
powerful at-home serum

Rosewater helps repair collagen — which promotes tighter-looking skin and protects against wrinkles…

Plus, it can reduce redness and other signs of inflammation, leaving you with bright, healthy-looking skin. 2

And vegetable glycerine provides intense hydration and helps restore your skin’s youthful elasticity. 3

It’s a recipe for skincare success… so I really hope you try it out for yourself.

Just use this DIY mask once a week (in addition to your daily skincare products, of course) to help your complexion look tighter, brighter, and visibly rejuvenated.

Your Beverly Hills MD,

Dr. John Layke

A FMR N. Aloe vera in dermatology: a brief review. Giornale italiano di dermatologia e venereologia : organo ufficiale, Societa italiana di dermatologia e sifilografia. 2009;144(1):85-91.
2 Boskabady MH, Shafei MN, Saberi Z, Amini S. Pharmacological Effects of Rosa Damascena.Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011 Jul-Aug; 14(4): 295–307.
Pedersen LJemec G. Plasticising effect of water and glycerin on human skin in vivo. Journal of Dermatological Science. 1999;19(1):48-52. doi:10.1016/s0923-1811(98)00050-4.

About the Author

Dr. John Layke

Dr. John Layke grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where he knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree at Marquette University, Dr. Layke went on to attend medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and trained in general surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago.