While face masks aren’t new, the Hallyu or Korean Wave really boosted their popularity. Since K-beauty has cemented its spot in the skincare world, it’s not hard to find a Korean sheet mask that’s either used or endorsed by your favourite K-pop idols and K-drama actors.
What makes Korean face masks different?
Korean face sheet masks are noticeably bigger and rounder in shape, so every inch of your face is covered in the serum-infused fabric sheet. The serum’s textures can vary from watery and essence-like to creamy. The sheet itself creates an occlusive environment that helps the serum’s ingredients better penetrate into your skin. If it’s not in sheet mask form, Koreans also use a sleeping mask in a cream or gel formula to transform their skin overnight. Talk about beauty sleep!
These skincare masks also typically promote brightening, anti-ageing, pore minimising, and general hydrating benefits to achieve that clear, smooth complexion K-celebs all have. Popular ingredients include snail mucin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. But the ingredients list is very very long since Korean skincare formulators are always innovating something new in their labs. It’s needless to say but there will be a Korean beauty face mask to help solve any skin woe.
Want to try one or add a new pick to your skincare arsenal? Here are 11 Korean sheet masks you can get in Singapore.
1. Mediheal Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask
Mediheal is one of the most popular Korean face mask brands among Korean celebrities. Its loyal users and ambassadors include the likes of BTS’s J-Hope and Suga, the girls of Aespa, and Crash Landing On You’s Hyun Bin.
J-Hope and Suga even had a live stream in 2017 where they showed themselves using the Mediheal Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask (oil-controlling and hydrating) and the Airguard Foilab Mask (brightening and moisturising). The latter is unfortunately unavailable in Singapore, but Mediheal has a healthy range of masks that you can choose from.
Why you’ll love it: Aside from hydrating your skin, its blend of tea tree leaf oil, pine needle and portulaca oleracea extracts help unclog pores and reduce excess sebum.
2. Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask
Park Shin-hye loves her sheet masks and even uses one pack a day. The actress revealed that it’s her secret for keeping her skin radiant during a press conference with Mamonde in Singapore back in 2017, though she didn't specify the exact mask she uses. We sleuthed around and discovered that the Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask may have been one of her go-tos for keeping her skin hydrated.
Why you’ll love it: There are a lot of variants. You can choose from 10 flower-powered sheet masks for one that will best suit your skin concerns.
3. AHC Premium Hydra Gold Foil Mask
Krystal Jung is quite a skincare minimalist since she’s always on the go, she shared in an interview, so she prefers multifunction products like the AHC Premium Hydra Gold Foil Mask. This anti-ageing Korean face mask is formulated with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to brighten and plump up your skin, giving you a youthful glow.
Why you’ll love it: The three-layer sheet mask — made of foil, matrix, and tencel — has good adherence, so every inch of your face will be coated in the rich emulsion.
4. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-in Mask
If your skin tends to get sensitive and red, you can pop on the soothing Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-in Mask. GOT7 rapper Jackson Wang loves this beauty sleeping mask since it not only hydrates but also calms his skin and reduces redness with cica.
Why you’ll love it: It’s convenient to use — you only have to apply a generous layer before you go to sleep and let it do its magic. No need to wait 10 to 15 minutes to remove it!
The Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-in Mask is available at SGD50 per 110ML at Sephora.
5. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is another popular leave-on Korean face mask that you may already know. Actress Kim Yoo Jung, whom you may know as the female lead in Love In The Moonlight opposite Park Bo-gum, is the main celebrity ambassador for the brand and this is one of her essentials. It’s also a fave of former SNSD member Tiffany Young. It’s one of ours too — you can read our review of this here.
Why you’ll love it: It’s instant hydration in a jar. It contains a Probiotics Complex that promotes a healthy moisture barrier and squalane to keep skin moisturised.
6. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask
Throughout the years, Song Hye Kyo was able to maintain her smooth and youthful appearance through a dedicated skincare routine. The longtime Sulwhasoo ambassador swears by the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask to keep her skin firm and vibrant.
Why you’ll love it: The brand’s Ginsenomics™ substance is extracted from Korean ginseng, which is known for its moisturising, brightening, and anti-ageing properties.
7. Innisfree Moment For Skin Masks
Innisfree’s Moment For Skin Masks range has options for those who want a moisturising, brightening, soothing, or peeling solution. Depending on the variant, you’ll benefit from ingredients such as madecassoside, poly hydroxy acid (PHA), hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C. Korean stars like YoonA and IVE’s Jang Wonyoung have been the face of innisfree, so you know they’ve tried these sheet masks themselves.
Why you’ll love it: The silky-soft sheet masks are made to be lightweight and non-cloying, so it’s comfortable to use.
8. Nacific Cica Tea Tree Relaxing Mask
Newly discharged EXO’s Chanyeol swears by the Nacific Cica Tea Tree Relaxing Mask. It combines a trifecta of calming ingredients — cica, tea tree, and allantoin — to soothe irritated skin.
Why you’ll love it: It’s a mask that offers multiple benefits of calming, brightening, and hydrating.
9. The Saem Natural Aloe Face Mask
K-pop group SEVENTEEN have been fans of the brand The Saem long before they collaborated on a collection. One of their top picks in maintaining their skin is the Natural Aloe Face Mask, a Korean face mask that contains anti-inflammatory aloe vera for calming down irritated skin.
Why you’ll love it: It’s also packed with restorative hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, panthenol, ceramides, and trehalose. If your skin is very dry and in need of a skincare drink, this is the mask to reach for.
The The Saem Natural Aloe Face Mask is available at SGD3.55 per 21ML at Care To Beauty.
10. The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask (Potato)
Dreamcatcher's leader JiU shared with Allure that she loves using potato sheet masks, especially this one from The Face Shop, whenever they have performances and flights. Its serum is infused with potato essence, which helps soothe tired and sun-damaged skin.
Why you’ll love it: This Korean face mask has a noticeable cooling effect on top of its soothing benefits, which you can amp up by popping it into the fridge for a few minutes before applying.
The The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask (Potato) is available at SGD21 per bundle of 10 at The Face Shop.
11. Be Balance Idebenone Micro Fiber Mask
In an episode of Harpers Bazaar’s Go To Bed With Me series, singer Jeon Somi revealed that she loves using the Be Balance Idebenone Micro Fiber Mask for her dry skin. It’s a brightening Korean face mask with an antioxidant called idebenone. It’s also infused with anti-ageing amino acids and skin-strengthening herb extracts to further nourish the skin. Plus, it comes in a bright yellow colour — just an extra touch to uplift your spirits.
Why you’ll love it: It’s not just a sheet mask, each pack contains a cream and ampoule that you need to apply before the sheet mask.
The Be Balance Idebenone Micro Fiber Mask is available at SGD14.50 at Shopee.
(Cover photo from: laneige.com)
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