My Favorite Korean Sheet Masks
Updated: Feb 13
How To Mask:
Keep your skin Clean
Keep your skin clean with face wash or by double cleansing. It is not recommended to use micellar water or make up wipes unless you follow up with water rinse because your about to steal in those chemicals with a hydrating serum and mask which can lead to clogger pores and spots.
Apply a toner
After cleansing apply a toner either hydrating or PH balancing. this is part of prepping your skin for the hydrating serums in your face mask. It can also help with reducing irritation and sensitivity to fragrance and any other potent ingredient in the sheet mask.
Set a Timer
leave on for around 20 minutes and avoid waiting until its dry. Your skin actually becomes more dehydrated over an hour or two and the moisture actually starts to go back into the face mask so you want to remove the mask when it is as moist as a partially used wet wipe. This is a mistake I made for years until finally doing some research!
Use The Sheet As a Moisture Wipe
You can use the partially used face mask as a wet wipe on your legs and arms to use up that remaining moisture. Every little bit counts!
Use Night Cream
Avoid washing your face after your face mask, if there is serum left on your skin after the mask gently pat the serum into your skill until it's fully absorbed. Whether it is part of your morning or night routine, always follow up with a cream to avoid the horrible tacky, sticky feeling. Gently massaging the serum from your mask in with the cream you will lock in the moisture from your mask and it will also help to reduce shine. Without using a cream after you basically allow the excess to evaporate away more and by adding the cream it allows greater chance for absorption. You can also apply make up at this stage as well, once the cream drys for the most part. Your make up will actually go on even more smoothy after using a face mask as your canvas will be hydrated and plump.
My Favorite Korean Sheet Masks
8 for $35.00 USD
Not only is the creator of these fantastic masks super cool but they are one of the best out there as far as quality and the moisture they give to your skin. They are super moisturizing and one of the most interesting things about this mask is that it is part of the newest generation of beauty face masks made of all-natural coconut JELLY, 10x more absorbent than the average paper sheet mask! It has a patented blend of powerful botanical & fruit antioxidants and science-proven skin-replenishing and restoring ingredients!
COOLS, BRIGHTENS & LIFTS: Goodbye dark spots, sunspots, dullness, uneven skin tone, blemishes, acne scars, dark circles, inflammation, redness, irritation and sagging skin.
CLEAN & GREEN: No artificial fragrance or harsh chemicals. Cruelty-free. Safe for sensitive skin and the environment. Bio-degradable.
10 for $30.00 USD
This mask is great for sensitive skin! I have really loved every Wishtrend product I have used so far as the quality to price point ratio have been super impressive to me. The bottles, applicators, branding and actual results I've seen from using their line has been unmatched so far in my K-beauty journey. This particular mask is made to improve skin tone with a brighting effect similar to a Vitamin C serum but more calming. By brightening that means it helps to get rid of sunspots, freckles and imperfections to give a more even toned look to your skin. I originally thought this mask had Vitamin C in it because of its strong brighting effect but its actually enriched with a 21.5% natural vitamin complex including Vitamin Tree Water & Boseong Green Tea Water. These simple ingredients have a light texture and provide gentle vitamin care for sensitive skin. This daily vitamin mask fills up the inner layers of the skin with moisture while penetrating it with a load of vitamins and antioxidants.
The Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5% Enhancing Sheet Mask next falls around $3 per mask but with my code you can save a little! "37F5B97C" for 10% off your first purchase at Wishtrend.com
I also use the Vitamin C serum and Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream which I feel has made the most difference in the look of my skin then any other product. Check out my routine here.
1 for $3.00 USD
Also great on sensitive skin, this Klairs mask has really impressed me. When I use this mask I have no irritation on my sensitive skin making it one of my most used. It soothes my skin so well when it's irritated and it's my go to when I'm having breakouts and need hydration. The mask is made from a soft plush rayon material and bamboo and charcoal powder are added to keep the skin balanced and hydrated while keeping blackheads at bay. The mask comes in two parts and is super easy to unravel and place on the face. The eye holes are the perfect size and are warn comfortably which happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves! Either the eye holes are too big or far to small. This one is perfect! There is not a lot of extra essence but thats okay because it always leaves my skin feeling noticeably hydrated. The mask itself is also very durable and feels strong and layered compared to other masks. It is great for dry OR oily acne prone skin and packed with natural ingredients. All in all this is definitely something you'll want to have in your arsenal for those sensitive skin days!
You can also buy this on the Wishtrend site and use the code "37F5B97C" for 10% off your first purchase at Wishtrend.com
On Sale: 10 for $12.50 USD
N.M.F. (Natural Moisture Factor) provides instant moisture to the skin and controls sebum to minimize pores. This mask also contains hyaluronic acid and ceramide, which aid in locking in moisture and prevent the skin from drying out. This is also one of the best selling masks out there! You can buy this on Amazon in the US, Amazon JP and Don Quote in Japan as well as Olive and Young in Korea. Here is a funny Youtube review on this mask by George Hollins.
5 for $7.00 USD
This is one of the best all around for the price and has been written up in numerous blogs and articles online as being one of the best selling masks in all of Korea. I personally stock up on these every time I visit Seoul! They stay super wet. They smell really light and not over powering are highly durable, easy to apply and stay on the face fantastically well. If you have used masks you'll know how important that is. I recently found out I was keeping face masks on longer then I should so I will now only leave them on my face for 20-30 minutes.
Love, love, love this one and its super inexpensive compared to other brands!
Mask Sheet 10ea + BTS Photocard 14ea $20.00 USD
I also bought this special BTS + Mediheal edition face mask pack at the Gimpo airport in Seoul on my last trip back. I really loved it because it had two of my favourite masks included and it also included photos of the Band inside as well. I am not a huge K-pop fan but its still super fun to get involved when in Korea. This is the perfect pack for those K-Pop K- Beauty fans and something fun to grab as an authentic Korean gift that will be used and loved!! You can also buy it online in the US. Link here and above.
3 for $25.00 USD or 3 for $17.00 (Depending on the website) (Check Amazon JP)
This is also one very high quality mask. I absolutely love it as its super hydrating and I feel it really did brighten my skin! It has a little oil pack that you push into the mask. The oil makes for a super packed punch of goodness for your skin. This antioxidant-rich formula nourishes, brightens and rapidly cools the skin while also correcting skin tone.
Key ingredients include: - Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil: intensely hydrating and helps protect skin from harsh environmental elements - Cactus extract: a moisturizing antioxidant - Nectapure: a moisturizing and anti-aging skin protectant - Edelweiss: soothes and calms the skin - Glutathione: helps to improve skin tone
The Oil and extract mask is Antioxidant-rich and Ultra hydrating. It has prickly pear seed oil and cactus extract that transforms into a unique formula and takes moisturizing skin and sheet masking to the next level. Fantastic for hydrating and moisturizing all skin types especially if you have dehydrated skin.
1 for $6.00 USD
I am just a major fan of Dr. Jart products in general and specifically the Ceramidin line. Although this one is on the higher end side of masks it really is like having a mini facial! Ceramides are an entire class of molecules, waxy lipids (fats) that make up about half of the outer layer of your skin (the stratum corneum) naturally. This mask uses ceramide-NP (N-stearoyl phytosphingosine), one of several of these compounds. I sometimes have sensitive skin so I like to add Ceramides into my routine where I can to build up the skin's barrier and to have fewer reactions. This mask is ultra hydrating and you can feel the difference the next day after using it. Find at Olive Young in Korea.
6 for $25.00 USD
Now this is a mask that you have to buy direct from the website but it's free shipping over $50. I wanted to include this as I really had a great experience with this one. This mask has a LOT of serum and it felt super hydrating. The whole experience is very lux and the mask was on the larger side so it did go down my neck as an added bonus for décolletage moisture. Its an innovative masque made that is made with a specially formulated long-lasting rich essence, infused with floral extracts of Lavender, Pansy and Cornflower. Because of the extra serum I was able to use it on my legs and arms which left me with a fantastic all over moisturizing experience.
INFO FROM THE SITE:
BLOSSOM COMPLEX Hydrating & Soothing Facial Masque pampers skin with a specially formulated Long-lasting Rich Essence, infused with floral extracts of Lavender, Pansy & Cornflower. Hydrating and soothing botanicals bathe your skin with deep moisture throughout the night so you blossom in the morning with a glowing complexion, feeling supremely refreshed.
HYALURONIC ACID Helps draw moisture deeper into your skin to hydrate and beautifully plump your complexion.
BOTANICAL EXTRACTS Extracts of Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Leaf, Licorice Root, Portulaca and Peppermint (Mentha Arvensis) help soothe skin. Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Extract helps revitalize skin.
VITAMIN B, C & E DERIVATIVES Help improve the look of skin and enhance skin luminosity.
10 for $17.00 USD
This mask contains snail mucin and bee venom. It also has the ability to calm down inflammation, heal dark spots, and make skin look extra glowy. It has been recommended by a number of US magazines and blogs including Elle Magazine and The Cut as being one of the top K-Beauty masks to try. You can get this at Aland in Korea, Amazon JP in Japan and of course their website.