K-Beauty is one of the biggest beauty movements to invade foreign shores. Beauty junkies all over the world were quick to follow the viral 10-step skincare routine to achieve that enviable Korean glass skin. While the number of steps rise and fall over time, one step remains a favorite among many - masking. K-Beauty is famous for its sheet masks. Some stores in Korea sell them exclusively with no other type of beauty product in sight. However, there are other types of K-Beauty masks. Compiled by beauty authority Allure, here's your guide to K-Beauty masks.
Masks have a concentrated amount of active ingredients for every type of skin and issue. Here are the different types of K-Beauty masks:
Sheet masks are single use masks loaded with active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, amino acids, snail mucin and centella asiatica. The most common sheet masks are made with cotton and drenched in serum or essence that's meant to moisturize skin or combat acne. There are also hydrogel sheet masks that are infused (not drenched) with a higher amount of active ingredients. Lastly, biocellulose sheet masks are made from cultured bacteria. These masks are the most absorbent so they can deliver the highest concentration of actives. They also stick better to the skin which allows the ingredients to sink in more effectively.
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Clay masks are great at absorbing excess oil so they're great for oily and acne-prone skin. You can also use a clay mask to spot-treat combination skin. One of the most popular clay masks in K-Beauty is Innisfree's Jeju Volcanic Clay Pore Mask. Some clay masks are carbonated and create a bubbling effect. This bubbling effect supposedly increase oxygen to improve circulation but dermatologist David Kim tells Allure that it's unproven. They're fun though and make for good photo-ops. The most viral of these bubble masks is Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask.
Sleeping masks are function just like a night cream. However, in K-Beauty, sleeping masks are full of active ingredients and are more potent than your usual night moisturizer. For dry skin, Stylecraze recommends the Korean cult favorite Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. For dull skin with dark spots, try Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask. For troubled skin, go for Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask.
As its name suggests, a peel-off mask is applied directly on skin. You wait for it to dry and peel it off the exfoliate dead skin cells. A peel-off mask doesn't contain a lot of active ingredients. They're mostly designed for the outer layer of the skin. Dr. Kim says if you have very sensitive skin, you want to skip this. If you think your skin can tolerate it, Cosmopolitan suggests trying I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Hydrating Holographic Peel-Off Mask.
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