Note: This article was originally written for Jetspree on 17 November 2017. Reposting here on my personal blog for portfolio keeping and documentation purposes only.
Ever dreamed of having that frustratingly flawless and radiant skin you see on your K-drama and KPop idols? Sure, it could be a combination of genetics, lifestyle, surgery, and whatnot—but we have to admit: it’s their *obsession* with skincare too.
Standing at the forefront of skincare research, South Korea’s exports of these products are continuously soaring. In 2015 alone, the country has exported more than $2.64B worth of cosmetics and skincare goods, a new high, according to the Korea Customs Service. (Source: BBC)
Yes, that sure says a lot. The range of products keeps getting wider and wider too, so use this article as a guide! Check out our list of face masks we’re 100% sure your skin will thank you for:
1. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Let’s face it—most of us live extremely busy and hectic lives. Bad news: stress and fatigue shows on our skin. Good news: products like this exist! With its SLEEP-TOX™ technology, this holy grail is clinically-proven to purify and rejuvenate your skin as you sleep, helping you achieve a bright, moisturised, and well-rested appearance the morning after. Seriously, who doesn’t want that?
Tip: Use it after washing and applying toner and emulsion. Gently massage an appropriate amount over your face. Leave it on overnight and wake up looking like Song Hye Kyo. Ok maybe not, but you get the point. 😜
Why we love it: Aside from the excellent reviews, we love it simply because it lives up to its promise of moisturising and invigorating the skin. It’s like waking up from a good night’s sleep, even if we all know you didn’t. Heh. The calming scent is a big plus, too!
2. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash-Off
Many of us underestimate the power of exfoliation. A lot of us know how to wash and moisturise our faces, but not everyone knows how to exfoliate properly.
Not sure where to start? We recommend Skinfood’s most sought-after product—the Black Sugar Mask Wash-Off! Featuring organic black sugar granules, this crowd-pleaser is highly effective in scrubbing away those nasty dead skin cells, revealing that clean and healthy skin beneath.
Tip: Exfoliating too much can leave your skin dry and irritated. Sensitive skin? Once a week’s perfect. Normal and combination skin? About 2-3 times a week. Also, remember that it’s best to exfoliate in the morning since the skin renews itself overnight!
Why we love it: The mask’s texture is coarse enough to remove impurities, but not enough to damage your skin. Also, the sugar in this product is enriched with vitamins and minerals to make sure your skin is hydrated during exfoliation.
3. The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Masks
If you’ve been to Korea, you know that you simply can’t go home without any facial sheet mask in your luggage. The choices are pretty overwhelming—from fruits and vegetables to snail mucus (yes, you heard it right) face masks—name it, they have it.
Can’t pick one? Go on and try The Face Shop’s bestselling sheet masks! They all do a
straightforward job of intensely hydrating and moisturising your skin leaving it soft and supple. Like a baby’s. For reals.
Tip: Do some research to see which one suits your skin type (and #facegoals) best. Some are tailored to hydrate and nourish, some are to brighten, minimise pores, and so on. Also, remember not to wear the mask on too long as it can actually suck back the moisture from your face, making your skin’s condition even worse. Yikes!
Why we love it: It comes in cool variants such as lemon, pomegranate, mung bean, bamboo, honey, kelp, avocado, calendula, lotus, rice, red ginseng, Lingzhi mushrooms, and more. Oh, and of course don’t forget newcomers potato and tea tree!
4. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Scoria, a pure and rare volcanic rock formed as lava cools after a volcano erupts, is one heck of an ingredient known to be really effective in absorbing sebum and washing away impurities from the skin. Thank you, Mother Nature!
Now, we don’t really want you to go out of your way to wait for a volcanic eruption in Jeju or something—Innisfree’s bestselling Jeju pore clay mask is derived from mineral-rich scoria (6,020 mg of Jeju volcanic clay) and is something you should definitely give a shot right now if you’re after that smooth and poreless skin (yes girl, we mean no whiteheads and blackheads, too!).
Tip: This product comes in two types: the original Jeju volcanic clay mask which is great for controlling sebum, and the super volcanic clay mask which is great for cleaning up and minimising pores. Take your pick!
Why we love it: Innisfree guarantees that these products do not contain artificial fragrances and imidazolidinyl urea, an antimicrobial preservative commonly used in cosmetic products, which is found to trigger allergic reactions and release formaldehyde, a human carcinogen.
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