Whether you’re into organic skincare or the best beauty products on the market, Korean face masks are all the rage of late. Boys can even use them too – add one into your skincare routine for maximum results. Sheet masks are one of the most versatile skincare products to come out of South Korea, and with good reason.
Aside from their convenience and ease of use, the masks – often infused with all sorts of nutrients to feed your face – are also perfect for those who have issues committing to one product while also remaining relatively cost effective. It's for these reasons that these handy masks have made it into our essential skin routine whenever we need a little R&R time. There’s a sheet mask for practically every skin ailment, too – ones to hydrate, detox, draw out impurities, brighten, whiten, soften, reduce pores, reduce signs of ageing, even ones to make you look as cute as an animal (because of course there is).
Best Korean face masks
SNP Animal Masks
These fun masks come in four colourful animal themes and are made out of natural pulp and hydrating coconut water. Every animal mask is specially designed pattern each with its own unique benefits. Absorb in all the nutrients in the mask while looking fierce as a tiger or cute as a panda! $75 for 10 masks. Available at Sasa citywide inc G/F & 2/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay; 2555 0806; sasa.com.
Aritaum Fresh Essence Mask
Aritaum provides one of the most consistent and affordable sheet masks in the form of their Fresh Essence Mask series. They're available in a variety of options from Tea Tree, Pearl, Vita C, Collagen and Aloe, to name a few. Take one and pop it in the fridge for a cooling mask after a sweaty gym sesh or hike! $8 per mask. Available online at aritaum.com.
Skinfood Everyday Facial Mask Sheets
Don’t like eating your vegetables? Well, you’ve got to get them into you somehow! Skinfood’s Everyday Facial Mask Sheets come in different fruit and vegetable flavours to give you healthy looking skin as well as one of your five-a-day. Each mask has different properties that help soften your skin and improve elasticity. Absorb all the nutrients fruits and vegetables offer without taking a single bite. $15 per mask. Available at Skinfood citywide inc 525 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay; 2489 9299; theskinfood.com.
Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydro-Gel Mask
Despite its sliminess and general ew factor, snail slime is basically magic. Snail enzymes are full of protein, glycolic acids and elastin and are used in an array of beauty products because of their ability to restore and firm the skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration. The Tony Moly snail masks use organically farmed snails with each mask containing 10,000ppm of snail secretion filtrate. $20 per mask. Available at Bonjour citywide inc UG/F, East Point Center, 1046-1056 Kings Rd, Quarry Bay; 2214 1299; bonjourhk.com.
SNP Bird’s Nest Aqua Ampoule Masks
Bird’s nest is an age-old ingredient that has its roots in traditional Asian medicine, known for its power to heal infections and maintain youthful looking skin. Containing 1,000mg of swiftlet nest extract, this intensive skin care ampoule mask balances your skin’s moisture levels and helps recovery from damage caused by the environment’s harmful elements. $75 for 10 masks. Available at Sasa citywide inc G/F & 2/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay; 2555 0806; sasa.com.
Dr Jart Wrinkless Solution Mask
Dr Jart has an wide array of solution masks but the Wrinkless Solution mask is our favourite. This mask promises to effectively strengthen the skin's moisture retention and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The mask also contains a thermosensitive gel that's activated by your own body heat to release the moisturising essence infused within. With ingredients like bio-peptides, collagen, elastin and adenosine, this mask will have your skin feeling youthful, smooth and firm. $125 for 5 masks. Available at Sasa citywide inc G/F & 2/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay; 2555 0806; sasa.com.
Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask
The Bombee Honey Mask is all the buzz if you’re looking for a skincare solution for parched, dry skin. The mask is designed with all-natural ingredients full of nutrients to replenish, rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Prepare to feel moisturised and repaired – this mask contains 1,000 ppm of honey and organic propolis extracts, known for their healing and antibacterial properties. $100 for 10 masks. Available at Sasa citywide inc G/F & 2/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay; 2555 0806; sasa.com.
Belif The True Whitening Facial Sheet Masks
Unlike other simple tear, remove and apply masks, Belif’s True Whitening Facial Sheet Masks take a little bit more work but they're well worth the effort. Featuring a dual pouch-type package, the Essence and the Organic cotton sheet mask are divided from each other. When you're ready to use the mask, the package needs to be folded so that the whitening serum is ‘popped’ and oozed into the sheet mask pouch. The mask is perfect for whitening and protecting your skin from environmental stress. $390 for 5 masks. Available at Lane Crawford citywide inc Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay; 2118 2288; lanecrawford.com.hk.
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Masks
With 16 juicy flavours to choose from, you’re bound to find a face mask for your skin type in this Innisfree range. These three-layered masks retain their moisture, and are packed full of nutrients. Innisfree masks are affordable enough to use on a daily basis for the 20 minutes of ‘me’ time that you totally deserve. $9.50 per mask. Available at Innisfree citywide inc 202, 2/F, Ocean Terminal, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 2111 9583; innisfreeworld.com.
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Ampoule Masque
Albeit on the pricey side, the Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Ampoule Masque is as impressive as its name would suggest. Formulated with all-natural concentrates of botanical extracts like stabilised bamboo sap and red ginseng root, these masks counteract signs of dehydration while also restoring firmness and elasticity, and adding radiance to your complexion. The mask comes in two pieces which you apply to your skin for 15-20 minutes, and instantly reduces the look of stress and fatigue. $670 for 6 masks. Available online at amorepacific.com.hk.