I think one of the first things I discovered in the K-beauty world were sheet masks. At first, I didn’t really believe they were doing a lot for my skin — they were so cheap, and I felt ridiculous wearing one (people typically look pretty terrifying wearing them, so prepare for your significant other/mother/dog to run screaming at least once).
Then I woke up the morning after with THAT GLOW (this was before I read the ingredients and learned why). Converts, you know the one. And I was hooked. Now I do one once a week, sometimes twice during really cold weather. And I’d never fly without one in my bag to use right after, cause plane rides will dehydrate the everliving hell out of your face, and my moisture barrier and I will fight against your evil devices, jerk plane.
Sheet masks are one of those things that have such an accessible price point that anyone can use them, which is why I think masking is such a great intro to k-beauty. I started out with drugstore-quality variety packs from companies like MJ Care and Dermal Korea, and was perfectly happy with those for a long time — you can’t beat 16 sheet masks for $10!
Eventually I started getting curious about masks from the brands that were becoming my favorites and reading ingredient lists. And I learned that while it’s tough to find a terrible mask (although I am sure they are out there), there are definitely varying degrees of awesome in different brands, and you’ll have to learn what ingredients work for you to know which ones are best for you. Is hyaluronic acid magic or horror for you?Does red wine work wonders tightening your pores? Does retinol make your skin sing?
There are also two types, the cloth kind and the hydrogel kind. Both are excellent, but as a super dry person I find the hydrogel to be really effective in keeping dry patches at bay.
Also, if you’re serious af about making sure all the moisture gets into your face, I recommend the Daiso Japan sheet mask cover to go on top of your mask of choice. I swear by this thing. You will look twice as horrifying, but you’ll also notice that the cloth masks that typically dry out after 15 minutes will stay moist and pressed to your skin when you wear this guy on top. A better $3.99 was never spent.
Told you it was horrifying.
So how do you know which kind to pick? Well, I have a few personal faves to recommend (see the product checklist down below, please note no super pricey ones on there just yet because I’m not ready to pay $60 for ONE MASK), but I’d say just have fun and pick whatever your heart desires to experiment. It’s good pampering for yourself, and you’ll be patting your glowing skin afterwards. And a tip: If you want to warm or cool your mask before you put it on, put it in hot or cold water for a minute before you take it out.
Product checklist :
(From least to most expensive)
–Daiso Japan Reusable Silicon Mask Cover /$3.99@Amazon
-Banila Co It Radiant Lace Hydrogel mask sheet/$5 @ Sokoglam
-Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution/$6 @ Sephora
-Manefit Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask/$6 @ Sokoglam
–Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet 16 Combo Pack/$9.99 @ Amazon
–The Face Shop Character Mask /$12.50 @ Amazon
–Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package /$11.90 @ Amazon
-Sheet Mask Bundle: Hydration/$26 @ Peach & Lily
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