You’ve seen them all over Instagram, and on Hollywood celebs prepping for the Oscars, but what do Korean sheet masks really do – and more importantly – do they work?!
The girls over at Australian Korean Beauty Store Style Story take us behind the scenes of the Korean Beauty mask revolution that is taking Australia – and the world – by storm.
What are sheet masks?
Sheet masks are simple, single-use masks made from cotton, hydro-gel or other soft materials. They contain cut-outs for your nose, eyes and mouth and offer a convenient and fuss-free facial treatment that is pre-soaked in luxurious serums and essences.
Unlike traditional masks that require measuring, scooping and pasting, sheet masks are already measured for a single use. They are also sturdy enough to wear standing up, so you can get things done while wearing them.
Who should use them?
Everyone! No matter what skin troubles you are facing, there is a sheet mask for it. Got dry skin? Try sheet masks soaked in propolis and honey. Acne scarring? Try Korean beauty’s favourite ingredient – snail mucin! Ageing, dry or damaged skin? Collagen, hyaluronic acid work and galactomyces extract work wonders on these skin types. There are even sheet masks for your feet and hands!
What do they do?
Sheet masks work by creating an “occlusive barrier” that seals the ingredients in the mask into your skin. They offer hydration and a variety of skin-boosting benefits. Whether you’re travelling long distance, sitting in air conditioning or just generally suffering from damaged, dull or dehydrated skin, regular sheet masking will help to boost the texture and appearance of your skin.
Our favourite sheet masks
Style Story’s top Korean-Beauty picks for 2017 are:
- Tosowoong pure green tea mask
Bathed in star beauty ingredient green tea, Tosowoong Pure Green Tea Mask relieves dry and rough skin. It also contains wonder beauty ingredients niacinamide and adenosine to target dark spots, dull skin and pigmentation.
- Package float mask bundle
Forget just one mask – how about a whole set to treat three different areas?! PACKage’s Float Mask Bundle contains 17 masks – face masks, blackhead nose strips and an exfoliating foot mask. The Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask targets your face, with its Honey extract, Propolis extract, Galactomyces and Hyaluronic acid. The Melt Me Softly Nose Strips assist in removing blackheads by gently melting the build-up in your pores. The Monthly New Feet Foot Pack gets rid of hard, dry skin on your feet by peeling it off over the course of a week to reveal baby-soft skin!
- Benton snail bee high content mask
A world-wide bestseller, Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack is a luxurious facial sheet mask that contains Snail Secretion Filtrate and Bee Venom. It works on even the most sensitive, acne-prone skin to calm redness, improve skin tone, brighten the complexion and minimise wrinkles. Plus, it contains no harmful fillers.
- When special package
This beautifully boxed set features 5 bio-cellulose sheet masks made from real coconuts! WHEN’s Special Package masks are all-natural, vegan and gluten-free. Infused with a hydrating, lightweight serum these masks act to repair dry, damaged skin and are the perfect indulgence to help you prep for a special event.
- Polatam’s extra force gel masks
Created by one of Korea’s acclaimed actresses and skincare devotee Tam Hee Park, Polatam’s luxury masks hold 10x the essence of regular masks. Made of deliciously soft Cupro fiber, they contain a watery-type gel serum boosted with natural ingredients like Korean Oak Tree Sap.
- Adaline keep cool masks
Adaline’s signature Keep Cool Masks have won beauty awards for their divine “second-skin” mask sheets that adhere perfectly to the contours of your face, almost like a second skin. The silky texture of the mask helps the active ingredients penetrate the surface of the skin to ensure you get that K-Beauty glow!
We love K-Beauty sheet masks! Not only are they fun and easy to use, they give real results that will leave your skin softer, brighter and more hydrated! Plus, unlike other beauty treatments, sheet masks are one skincare indulgence that won’t break the bank.
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