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Since its Western debut several years ago, Korean beauty has undoubtedly revolutionized the beauty industry. What started off as a trend has become a major game-changer for the business, spawning countless K-beauty companies and even prompting non-Korean brands to jump on the bandwagon and attempt their own takes on Seoul-inspired skincare. K-beauty’s popularity shows no sign of stopping, as evidenced by the $13 billion it’s estimated to be worth.
One of the first products that helped bring K-beauty to the top of everyone’s Sephora shopping lists was sheet masks. Many of them came infused with unique, innovative, and, we’ll admit, not-so-vegan-friendly ingredients such as snail mucin, bee venom, and donkey milk. Chances are, whether you were a beauty veteran or novice, you hadn’t heard of those things being used in skincare products before.
The affordability of K-beauty sheet masks was another factor in their success. For as low as one dollar, you could get glowy skin in a matter of minutes while simultaneously scaring your friends with an American Psycho-esque selfie. There’s also the accessibility—you can pick up a K-beauty face mask practically anywhere, including your local CVS or as a last-minute addition to your Amazon order.
Whether you need to target a specific skin concern like acne or dehydration, or just want to bring some life back into your complexion, there is a Korean beauty face mask for every issue and situation. Ahead, 9 must-have Korean beauty face masks that will help bring your skin to a whole new level.
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When You’re ARMY
MEDIHEAL x BTS Hydration Care Special Set
Get Bangtan skin with this sheet mask set from Mediheal.
Featuring of five of the N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule Mask Ex and five of the Tea Tree Care Solution Mask Ex, these popular masks address dryness and inflammation, using ingredients like hyaluronic acid and tea tree oil.
When You Suffer From Serious Dryness
Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask
If you suffer from dryness, an overnight mask will transform your skin while you snooze. This green formula contains a blend of herbs, minerals, a moisturizing humectant, and a probiotic ferment, a.k.a centella asiatica, which works to soften and soothe.
When You Want to Do Skincare While You Sleep
Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask
It may not be a sheet mask, but Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Sleeping Mask has earned a reputation for being a must-have product in the K-beauty world. It contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, AHAs to help unearth a brighter, rejuvenized complexion, and watermelon extract that isn’t just soothing, but makes your skin smell like a sweet dream.
When You Want Something Blackpink-Approved
Hera Hyaluronic Mask
Take a page out of Jennie Kim’s book and try popular Korean skincare brand Hera. The Blackpink star reps the beauty brand, which is known for its innovative ingredients, like the concentrated hyaluronic acid found in these sheet masks.
When You Want Natural Ingredients
Snail Bee High Content Mask
Let’s face it: Some people just aren’t as well-versed in skincare as you might be, which is a good opportunity to introduce them to the wonders of Korean beauty and ingredients like snail mucin and bee venom. Even better? You’ll notice your skin will look supple and more radiant afterward.
When Your Lips Need a Vacation
Honey Dew Lip Mask
For this nourishing lip mask, Then I Met You founder Charlotte Cho was inspired by the honey dew slices she ate as a child after dinner. The fruit is packed with vitamins A and C, which works to replenish the delicate skin on your lips, while lactic acid gently exfoliates.
When That Office A/C Is Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin
N.M.F. Intensive Hydrating Mask
Office air conditioning can be a point of contention, but it’s also a major risk to your skin. It can dry it out, which in turn can make it age faster or make it irritated and itchy. That’s why a regular sheet mask regimen, especially using Mediheal’s beloved N.M.F. Intensive Hydrating Mask, is a godsend.
When You Want to Practice Your Euphoria Makeup Skills
Glamour Base Sheet Mask
If you aren’t familiar, When is a brand that comes in handy during any scenario—like when you need to prep your skin for makeup. Ingredients like the energizing adenosine can help create a smooth canvas while collagen and peptides will plump up your skin. This mask is also made from coconuts, so it’s biodegradable and good for Mother Earth.
When Your Face Feels Like the Whole World is Against It
Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
Another skincare-while-you-sleep product, this multi-purpose mask will combat a slew of issues (like acne, dullness, and dehydration) as it contains skin-regenerating rice extract and niacinamide, which can help decrease the appearance of large pores.
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