With 2021 shaping up to be a lot like 2020, we’re probably looking at another year spent mostly indoors. So, what better time for some ultimate self-care by way of kicking back, relaxing and letting a Korean face mask work its magic on your complexion.
Korean face masks, packed with healthy goodness, are a great way to replenish your skin, freshen up your face, and help you reach the ultimate state of serenity.
Korean face masks are easy to apply and can easily be worked into your regular beauty routine. Read on for a comparative look at some of the best Korean face masks available today.
Korean Face Masks Reviews
Elizavecca’s clay-based Korean face mask, the Milky Piggy, is one of the cheaper options available on the market, which specializes in the removal of blackheads, the clearing of pores, and refreshing the skin. Made in South Korea, this face mask features lavender extract, monarda Didyma leaf extract, and Mentha Piperita.
This product provides all you’d expect from a Korean face mask, right down to its putty, clay texture.
The Milky Piggy truly excels in the removal of blackheads and pores, as well as the oil produced thereof. This produces a nice, clean, and clear complexion.
Convenience wise, the Milky Piggy is packaged excellently and features a very handy spatula to help apply the product to your face – a big help for first-time users of this type of face mask.
The Milky Piggy is good value for money, albeit mid-range, but roughly half the price of the more expensive clay-based masks.
Given that this is a clay mask, it may leave your skin feeling tight afterward. This may be an uncomfortable sensation for some, although it is part of the clay mask experience and is supposed to happen – just remember to moisturize afterwards.
The mask is also prone to produce a persistent tingling sensation the entire time it is on your face. This may be pleasurable to some and is a good indicator that the mask is working; however, it can be overwhelmingly annoying for others, who may be forced to remove the mask.
- Great texture
- Removes blackheads and pores
- Conveniently packaged
- Good value for money
- Tightness and tingling may irritate
Thank You Farmer’s Back to Relax is a gel-based mask, made ideally for relaxing in, while its nutrients work to hydrate, replenish, and repair damaged skin. Back to Relax is unique in that it can also be used as an overnight sleeping mask for ultimate facial recovery. Its main nutrients include the likes of allantoin, fig extract, panthenol, soluble collagen, and pomegranate extract, which each work to reduce wrinkles.
The fact that this mask can be applied for overnight usage really gives it the convenience advantage over its competitors, as it is particularly popular amongst people with a busy work schedule. The relaxing serenity it provides may even help induce sleep.
Its other main plus point is how well it moisturizes, to the point where you can feel the mask hydrating your face in real-time. The Back to Relax is also a quality product in that it removes blackheads with ease, soothes pores, and removes grease.
It is expensive in comparison to some of the other gel-based masks, but it is worth paying for the benefits. A downside is that the gel can be sticky and may stick to your fingers or cause a slight mess.
- Overnight optional
- Relaxes and calms
- Moisturizes the skin
- Removes blackheads
- Sticky texture
The Mamonde Sheet Mask provides spa-quality treatment at a very affordable price. Made for those with sensitive skin but can be enjoyed by others, this sheet mask, made from calendula extract from Seoul, promises to hydrate and soothe damaged skin. Made all the more pleasurable by the floral scent it exudes, this mask is natural, easy to use, and is made for people on the move.
This product from Mamonde is by far the cheapest Korean face mask, and, given its merits, is well worth the price. The calendula extract gives the mask a natural healing ability, which soothes and lets off a pleasant floral fragrance.
While this sheet mask peels and replenishes your skin, it moisturizes and leaves behind a healthy and glowing shine.
This product is great for people on-the-move looking for a quick respite, as it only takes between 10 and 15 minutes to work its magic. However, the option is there to leave it on longer.
It’s fair to say the Mamonde can do nearly anything an expensive Korean face mask can, for a fraction of the price.
Given its thin packaging, the Mamonde may be subject to bursting open or leaking slightly in transit.
It may be worth ordering a few – which, given how cheap they are, won’t break your bank! These face masks may also leave a slight redness to your complexion after use.
- Great price for an excellent product
- Fast acting
- Floral smell
- Natural healing ability
- Packaging may burst
- Slight redness to the face
The Rael Bamboo Face Sheet Mask benefits from being made of bamboo yarn, allowing it to comfortably but firmly stick to your face and really get in and replenish all the contours found on your complexion. This Korean face mask provides a healthy, concentrated serum infused makeover, with orange and grapefruit extracts keeping things moisturized.
This mask’s bamboo strength allows it to clear the face like no other mask, totally vanquishing all oil, dryness, and blackheads while soothing irritated and acne-suffering skin. This mask successfully removes all unwanted features of the complexion and replaces them with a fresh, moisture radiance. The bamboo also allows this mask to fit and mold perfectly onto any face, making this mask ideal for all.
There is often excess serum found at the bottom of the packet, which can be rubbed on either after applying the mask or in the days following in order to stretch out the benefits of this mask.
This mask has a light tea tree scent, which is far less potent than other masks on the market. It usually comes as part of a pack of five and is sold for a reasonable, mid-level price. However, the excess serum can sometimes work to the mask’s disadvantage, as it gives it an almost slimy quality, which, at times, renders it difficult to handle.
Although this mask works well in combating acne and irritable skin, it does not work too well in smoothing out pores.
- Bamboo strength
- Molds easily
- Light scent
- Mid-level price
- Difficult to handle and messy to apply
- It does not smooth pores
Specializing in improving skin tone, this Snail Bee face mask contains an unusual mixture of ingredients, including leaf water, bee venom, and snail secretion filtrate, ingredients that are claimed to be particularly helpful with skin recovery. This mask is a sheet type in style and has an optional eye flap. It also is said to improve blemished skin and is suitable for sensitive skin.
Despite how uncomfortable bee venom in a face mask sounds, this product is pretty soft on the skin and doesn’t tingle too much. Its mildness also makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin. With less irritation, the mask can also be left on for a more extended period. However, lack of tingle could be considered a disadvantage to some, as some like this sensation as it lets them know that the mask is working!
The masks are very thin, which gives them a lightweight quality. They are also fragrance-free, which will be a huge plus point for some. They are sold in boxes of 10 and are very reasonably priced.
These masks can, however, be on the watery side, as the serum is quite thin, meaning things might get messy while applying this mask. Be sure not to wear your best t-shirt when trying this one out!
Also, because of a combination of the wateriness and the thinness of the mask, these masks can be, at times, difficult to handle and could create more of a mess than anticipated.
- Soft and lightweight
- Can be used for extended periods
- Reasonably priced
- Watery and a bit too thin
- Difficult to handle
Now you’re aware of the diverse range of Korean face masks that are readily available today, you’re probably itching to try them all out! It would be good to experiment with a few to get a feel for what suits your face and what your skin reacts to best.
Out of the ones we have mentioned, we would recommend Thank You Farmer’s Back to Relax, given how well it works overnight, alongside its hydrating capabilities. However, given that it is one of the more expensive masks, it would be worth trying out The Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask for a low priced, spa-quality face mask.