Our Picks: The Best Korean Face Masks
Doing a face mask session at least once a week is a must, so if you haven’t made weekly masking a part of your skin care routine, it’s time to change that! Face masks can do wonders for your skin. All you have to do is look for the right one to tackle your skin concerns.
Do you need a deep cleansing mask to save you from blemishes and congested skin? Or a mask that gives you an extra boost of hydration when your skin feels dry and flaky? With so many choices, which type of mask do you go for?
We’ve rounded up the best Korean face masks for every skin concern. Find out which one belongs in your mask collection:
For a deep cleanse
Every skin type needs a deep cleansing mask but oily skin types will benefit the most from this type of mask. There are a few variations to pick from, including charcoal, clay and egg masks. Charcoal and clay masks are perfect for oily skin as they help unclog and draw out dirt from congested pores, as well as absorb excess oil. Egg masks help improve the appearance of pores and get rid of blackheads and whiteheads.
W.Lab’s Sebum Out Peel Off Pack is perfect for skin that feels dull and congested. This peel off face mask is formulated with natural ingredients such as charcoal powder, Jeju volcanic cluster, lemon and tangerine peel oil, wintergreen extract, green tea powder and fermented soybean that help remove blackheads and absorb excess sebum.
One of the most sought-after volcanic clay masks is innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X. This miracle worker contains volcanic cluster capsules that draw out toxins and impurities to detoxify skin, and revitalizes skin by minimizing the appearance of pores and refining skin texture.
Another great deep cleansing mask is an egg mask. SKINFOOD’s Egg White Pore Mask not only helps unclog pores but applying this at least once a week will leave your skin feeling tighter and plumper. Fans of marshmallows will also enjoy the soft and fluffy texture of this mask!
For more hydration
Having hydrated skin is vital, especially now that fall is here and the cold weather leave your skin feeling drier than usual. If you have dry skin and you’re having trouble dealing with dry, flaky spots on your face, then a hydrating face mask may just be the solution to your skin problems.
When looking for a moisturizing face mask, look for the ingredients honey and milk. These ingredients are extremely soothing and can deeply hydrate your dry and dehydrated skin.
If you’re looking for a face mask that nourishes skin and tightens pores, you can’t go wrong with I’m From’s Honey Mask. This wash-off mask is formulated with 38.7% natural honey from Mountain Jiri of Korea and also contains bee venom, propolis, and oils from macadamias, jojoba seeds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. All these nourishing ingredients will leave your pores feeling tighter, and your skin feeling hydrated and soft.
Treat your skin extra special with the Premium Goat Milk Mask Pack from RiRe. This moisture-boosting mask is formulated with goat milk, which not only gives you softer, smoother and more hydrated skin, but also offers anti-aging benefits. With consistent use, you can expect an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Since it comes in the form of a sheet mask, you can use it anytime, anywhere – particularly if you’re traveling.
For a smoother complexion
We’re all told to exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells to help reveal a smoother complexion. If you’re the type that often forgets to exfoliate at least a few times every week, then it’s time you incorporate an exfoliating mask into your skin care routine.
The ingredient black sugar is a popular exfoliating ingredient in Korean skincare, and one mask that’s a must-try is SKINFOOD’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. This black sugar mask gently exfoliates skin with a self-heating formula that opens up clogged pores, allowing skin to fully absorb all the mask’s minerals and vitamins. You can also give their Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off a try if you want to opt for a soothing strawberry-scented mask that smells oh-so-good yet also gently sloughs off grime, leaving your skin feeling softer than ever.
For a brighter complexion
Does your skin lack radiance? Or does your complexion look dull? These are signs that you need to look for a brightening face mask!
Brightening masks like COSRX’s Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask won’t leave you disappointed. This sleeping mask brightens and nourishes your skin, leaving you with glowing and plump skin the next morning — all thanks to 65% rice extract, its star ingredient. For a rinse-off mask option, give MIZON’s Enjoy Fresh On Time Revital Lime Mask a go for brighter-looking skin!
For anti-aging benefits
If your main skin concern is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve your skin’s elasticity, a good anti-aging face mask is one that contains ginseng in its ingredients list. Ginseng is a powerful antioxidant that improves skin’s elasticity and protects it from free radicals.
The best anti-aging face mask to try is Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essential Mask. It’s packed with rich galactomyces ferment filtrate, which is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten skin, improve skin’s texture, and restore skin elasticity. The combination of aloe vera leaf juice and cucumber extract found in this face mask also promotes soothing benefits, leaving skin feeling balanced and revitalized.
For sensitive skin
Those with sensitive skin should search for face masks infused with ingredients like tea tree oil, mugwort, and aloe vera. These gentle ingredients help soothe skin and reduce inflammation so even acne-prone skin types can use masks that contain these active ingredients.
Mugwort is a trendy beauty ingredient that’s been popping up frequently in Korean skin care. Mugwort-based products are beneficial for those with dry, sensitive or aging skin as mugwort soothes dry and irritated skin and is gentle enough for sensitive and blemish-prone skin.
Incorporate Bonajour’s Mugwort Cream Calming Mask into your skin care routine and you can expect your skin to feel cleaner, calmer and more hydrated. Packed with three kinds of mugwort extracts along with 7 organic ingredients, this mugwort mask soothes any skin flare-ups so those with sensitive skin won’t have to worry about any unwanted skin reactions.
Have you found your holy grail face mask yet? Let us know your go-to masks in the comments below!