[This is not a sponsored post. The products are gifted press samples.]
When it comes to skincare, look to Korea for the latest innovations. If it’s a hit on the market over there, it’ll likely be one of the biggest trends globally in the next couple of months. In Korea, make-up takes a back seat and natural, radiant skin is the number 1 priority. And while cosmetic surgery is a booming industry, a side effect of it’s popularity is the significant amount of scientific funding and research that goes into developing skincare advancements.
Although we used to have to wait for products to find their way to department store beauty counters, the growing number of digital outlets means it’s easier than ever to get our hands on the hottest products and new releases at the best, most affordable prices – because when they launch over there, they basically launch everywhere. And while many of the brands remain relatively unknown, many explore their options starting with masks, which are typically the cheapest products in every line.
So today I wanted to share 4 of my favourite recent releases from Korean skincare brands. And they just so happen to each target different areas of skincare (which wasn’t planned, I promise). But I do really love each of them, and they’re ones I go back to time and time again because they’re just so good.
skin 79 – Pore Bubble Cleansing Mask
We all know I love a good cleanse, and I particularly love a deep cleansing mask that feels like it’s doing something and leaves skin looking and feeling visibly clear and fresh. If you’re looking for the same, try this!
This quick sheet mask only takes 10 minutes, and is done when the carbon bubbles appear on the surface of the sheet. So not only does it (admittedly) look very cool and is, clearly, actively working, I think one of the biggest selling points of this mask is that you know when it’s done – because you can tell it’s literally doing nothing anymore.
I’ve spoken before about my love for the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Pore Purifying Clay Mask – and it is great – but my one gripe about it, which can’t be helped purely due to it’s nature, is that certain parts dry before others and I always feel uncertain about when I should wash it off. With this, however, you get great results without running the risk of dehydrating your skin by keeping it on for too long.
Too Cool For School – Pumpkin 24k Gold Mask
Another sheet mask – and I have to say I was kind of put off this one when I opened the package in the mail, because I just thought it looked… unappealing. However, they say ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ for a reason, and that’s certainly true here.
I don’t think you can go wrong with an exfoliating sheet mask (so long as you don’t have overly sensitive skin), and this mask certainly delivers when it comes to unveiling a radiant and glowing complexion. It’s also incredibly soothing, and if your skin can be sensitive and problematic when it comes to chemical exfoliants, I’d go for this one over the PAYOT Blue Techni Liss Week-End Mask that I’ve recommended before now.
My one complaint about this mask (and the next two, in fact) is that they all contain fragrance, which is always a bit of a turn off for me. Admittedly, it’s a very small percentage, so probably won’t even have an effect on the skin at all, but if you are someone who is conscious of avoiding fragrance in their skincare, take note. I do have to say, though, it hasn’t affected the quality of the masks for me.
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HallYu – Watermelon Jelly Mask
Oh my goodness, I am OBSESSED with these masks. I can’t even tell you – I went to the launch earlier this year – which was all about watermelon, by the way – but I laughed so much when I took the mask out of the wrapper to find it too had a watermelon design. Amazing.
Gimmicks aside, however, the products themselves are great. There’s actually hydrogel mask and sheet mask versions available, both of which use the same serum. Between the two, I have to say I think I prefer the jelly mask, because it just feels so cooling and soothing – especially if you chill it before use.
These masks also take 30 minutes, so are great if you’re looking to put your feet up, de-stress and just give yourself a minute to breathe. They’re also one of the most refreshing masks I’ve tried – ever – and apart from leaving skin looking and feeling plump and fresh, they’re just so much fun. 100% one of my favs.
Too Cool For School – Coconut Oil Serum Eye Patch
I love an eye mask, and these are one of the best I’ve tried. I don’t know what it is about the serum, but it leaves the delicate skin under the eyes feeling so firm and fresh, it’s amazing. Coconut oil is by nature incredibly nourishing, but it’s usually considered too heavy to be used in traditional skincare. Under the eyes, however, it helps give strength to thinner, more fragile skin, with a mask application the perfect medium.
Again, these are 30 minute masks, but when it comes to eye masks I tend to leave them on for as long as I can. Why? Well, most eye masks are designed to rejuvenate the eye area, and the skin itself is so delicate they’re not going to be harmful. I also like to flip them and use them on my lids for 30 minutes afterwards – love to get my money’s worth!
Like I always say, when it comes to masks you need a consistent routine to go alongside them to keep skin looking it’s best. But if you’re prepping for a special occasion and are determined to look your best, try something new and take a punt on one of these Korean favourites.