You can’t deny the fact that Korean women are known to be super conscientious when it comes to skincare. You’ve heard of the 10-step Korean skincare regime: remove makeup, cleanse your skin, exfoliator, toner, essence, serum, mask, eye cream, face cream and SPF. While many women swear by it, you might belong to the camp that would rather spend an extra 10 to 15 minutes scrolling through your Instagram feed. Which is why facial masks are quickly gaining popularity as they give your skin an instant boost, thanks to the high concentration of active ingredients. And with the staggering variety available in the market, regardless of whether your skin type is dry, congested or dull, there are literally dozens of options. Moreover, the influence that Korean beauty trends have on the global beauty marketing is evident—after all, they popularised ingredients like ginseng and snail mucin before Western brands adopted them. Here are the best face masks to try no matter what your skin type or skin concern might be.
1 / 10 We can't get enough of Korean face masks. Whether you have oily, acne-prone or dull skin, these masks have got you covered.Read more
2 / 10 For Dry Skin: Mamonde Rose Moisturizing Skin Fit Mask ($6 per piece)Read more
This fast-acting moisturising bio cellulose mask has a high-concentration of rose water to quickly deliver soothing and moisturising extracts to relieve dry, irritated skin. Pack it for instant hydration when you’re on the plane or on a winter vacation. It also plumps skin instantly so makeup goes on even smoother.
3 / 10 For Dark Spots: Leaders Insolution Mela-Tox Skin Clinic Mask ($4 for one sheet)Read more
With its fine and thin silk texture, this mask envelopes the face to ensures maximum absorption of all nutrients. The formula of sugar maple extract, chamomile flower and niacinamide (a vitamin B3 that firms and clarifies skin) normalises the production of pigmentation and improves skin hydration. The result? Skin is revitalised and radiates from within.
4 / 10 For Sensitive Skin: Laneige Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask ($35 for 5 pieces)Read more
With a cooling sensation, this soothing mask minimises irritation while providing intensive moisture to your skin. Designed to fit closely over your face, it is saturated with hydro ion mineral water for quick and visible results. Quinoa extract which is rich in vitamins A, C and E, helps to protect the skin from dryness as the micro-sized botanical oil particles of olive squalane is penetrates skin easily to give you smooth and supple skin.
5 / 10 For Dull Skin: Kocostar Slice Mask Sheet Lemon ($6 for 6 sachets)Read more
This hydrating mask lets you apply the individual patches wherever moisture is needed – your face, neck, arms and even legs. Formulated with skin-brightening lemon extract, these easy to use slice masks will brighten your complexion. The alpha hydroxy acid gently exfoliates dull skin to reveal brighter and younger-looking skin.
6 / 10 For Tired Skin: Erborian Spray-to-Mask Revitalising Face Mask Radiance Effect, $45Read more
Inspired by hydrogel masks, this spray-to-mask features a gel-like film that releases its active ingredients onto the skin while locking in moisture. Revive tired and dehydrated skin with ginseng, liquorice, wild yam and horsetail, which work in synergy to hydrate, plump and reinvigorate skin.
7 / 10 For Sagging Skin: Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Elastic Shot Shaking Rubber Mask ($14)Read more
Mix and shake the double trans booster with an ampoule containing a cocktail of alpha-lipoic acid and reparative botanical complex to give your a fresh and potent skincare solution. This cream-to-sheet mask also contains retinol which improves skin’s elasticity, tone, texture and removes the appearance of pigmentation.
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8 / 10 For Enlarged Pores: Caolion Pore Refining Sheet Mas ($55 for 6 pieces)Read more
Saturated in an ultra moisture essence, this skin-refining mask infuses skin with hydration, calms sensitivity and strengthens its barrier function. Honey extract also reduces the appearance of pores by tightening lax skin and improving its barrier function for healthier, more resilient skin. It also contains peptides derived from bee venom to stimulate collagen production to tighten pore walls and improve skin texture for a supple and plump complexion.
9 / 10 For Oily Skin: Blithe Patting Water Pack Rejuvenating Purple Berry ($54)Read more
The ultimate time-saver for those always on-the-go, this innovative mask works by splashing the concentrated blend of lactic acid and antioxidant-packed berries on your face. In 15 seconds, the mask provides exfoliating, deep cleansing, moisturising and pH balancing effects at once. Splash, pat, rinse and say goodbye to shiny skin.
10 / 10 For Blemish-Prone Skin: 3CE White Milk Sleeping Mask ($28)Read more
Packed with delicious ingredients like milk, oatmeal, honey and avocado— this mask works hard while you sleep soundly. Milk proteins remove dead skin buildup to reveal healthy radiance, tea tree oil fights breakouts, oatmeal strengthens skin and honey replenishes hydration.
(Also read: 9 Sheet Masks For Every Part of Your Body)
LIFESTYLE | 22 July 2019