The Ultimate Guide to Korean Masking

Masking is no joke. There’s clay masks, mud masks, sheet masks (which come in about 50 different types, by the way), modeling masks, and much more 😱 So what’s the difference between all of them and which one should you be using? Here’s our ultimate guide to help you find the mask of your dreams 💘

SHEET MASKS

By far the most popular and common mask, the sheet mask typically come in one full sheet or two separate sheets.

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Sheets masks are essentially individually wrapped facials that you can take with you anywhere. It works because it applies skincare with a cover that keeps the nourishments locked in so everything can really soak into your skin. The traditional sheet mask is made from thin cotton and feels soft to the touch 👍

Use 2-3 times a week, or daily.

Memebox Picks
Soothing – Tosowoong Pure Aloe Mask
Brightening – Bonvivant Botanical Pure Mask Pack #Niacinamide + Lime 

OTHER SHEET MASKS

Sheet masks have long since evolved past the original cotton material. We now have sheets made from hydrogel, nano fibers, plant fibers, and more.

Use hydrogels if you like a cooling effect (you can also store these in the fridge for an extra cooling feel) and want something that feels light. Use nano fibers if you plan on moving around, because nano fibers will really cling on. Use plant fibers if you’re looking for something biodegradable and has skincare benefits built right into the sheet.

Memebox Picks
Hydrogel – illi Ginseng Firming Mask
Nano Fibers – Bonvivant Illuminator Age Cover Mask Volumizing Gold
Plant Fibers – Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Pore Tightening & Sebum Control Mint Tea Tree

CLAY MASK

Clay masks usually come in a jar of some sort. The product inside tends to be thick and quite goopy-looking. Clay is especially great for those with large pores or acne-prone skin because it works like a magnet to draw out the impurities that are trapped in your skin.

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Use up to 2 times a week.

Memebox Picks
Moisturizing – Bonvivant Mellow Jelly Clay Mask Hawaiian Pink Calamine
Pore Control – Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening: Glacial Clay Facial Mask

PEEL-OFF MASK / MODELING MASK

Got dead skin? Try a peel-off mask! Allow a peel-off mask to dry and it’ll peel off, pulling dead skin along with it. The most satisfying part is seeing all the clogged oils and bacteria coming right out of your pores!

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Some peel-off masks can hurt a little, but it’s nothing that’ll make you cry 😎 I’m the biggest baby about pain, but even I can’t resist the temptation of a good peel-off mask. I highly recommend the W.Lab mask if you’re into painless removal 💯

Use once a week.

Memebox Picks
Nose – Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit
Face – W.Lab Sebum Out Peel Off Pack

BUBBLE MASK

Bubble masks were all the rage the last couple of years. We were seeing puffy selfies blowing up Instagram (just search up #milkypiggy) and so many requests for us to stock the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Clay Mask faster 🐷

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Besides being hilarious to use and look at, there’s a real skincare benefit too. The carbonated ingredients in the mask activate when in contact with oxygen ☁️ That bubbling action digs deep into your pores and pull out the impurities to help you achieve smoother, more nourished skin!

Use up to 2 times a week.

Memebox Picks
Our pick is obvious – Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Clay Mask

MASK PACK (WASH-OFF) / SLEEPING PACK (OVERNIGHT)

People probably forget about these masks because they don’t really look like a mask. Mask packs and sleeping packs typically come in a jar and look gel-like. With these, you’re supposed to massage it in, then wash it off after a few hours. Sleeping packs are washed off when you wake up the next morning ☀️

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The idea is that they are a leave-on mask that can hydrate and protect your skin while you sleep. While it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s a great complimentary step, especially if you have dry skin.

Use every night.

Memebox Picks
Anti-aging – Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack
Overall Repair – Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack

OTHER MASKS

There are a lot other variations of masks out there, including eye patches, lip patches, acne patches, magnetic masks, and foot masks. Since there’s so many, I’ll just briefly cover a few of them!

Eye & Lip Patches: These are specially cut pieces that are designed to target the undereyes and lips. Eye patches are great for depuffing and getting moisture to the part of your face that will age first 👀 Lip patches are a nifty little step to boost the (often forgotten) skin on your lips, making them smoother and softer 👄

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Use whenever necessary, or daily.

Memebox Picks
Eyes – Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch
Lips – Berrisom SOS! My Lip Patch

Acne Patches: These are my favorite secret weapons 😉 Whenever you get a pimple, especially the ones that are turning white with infection, just slap one of these on before bed. By morning, the patch will have absorbed all the gunk and your pimple is just *magically* reduced~ Gotta try it to believe it.. ✨

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Use when necessary.

Memebox Picks
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

Magnetic Mask: Now, this is an interesting one. You may have seen it around, but basically, you put this mask all over your face, then use the included magnet to pull the impurities right off your skin and out of your pores. Crazy cool to use and not painful at all!

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Use up to 2 times a week.

Memebox Picks
Milky Dress Black Luster Mask

Foot Masks: A little strange, but really, foot masks are a thing 👣 These are essentially little gloves for your feet. After soaking in the liquid for about an hour, you’re ready to begin a little peeling process. The skin on your feet will begin to peel after about 3 days (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt) and after a few days, you can reveal perfect, baby soft feet!

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Use 2-3 times a month.

Memebox Picks
Tony Moly Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid

TIPS

Masks are supplements for your skincare routine, not replacements. You can and should use them to recover from a harsh day or for an extra boost.

When using clay or sheet masks, DON’T leave it on until it dries out. If your mask completely dries out on your face, it could actually start to pull moisture back away from your skin.

Look for masks that benefit your skin the most. Because there are so many options, you can always look for a variation/formulation that your skin is happiest with!

You can use sheet masks and sleeping packs every day because they provide moisture, but try to only use clay masks once a week. Too much heavy-duty care in a week can have a negative impact on your skin.

When using clay masks, invest in handy tools like this Silicon Pack Brush to apply the mask without wasting any and a cleansing sponge to help wash it off since clay masks can be difficult to get off.

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