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Welcome to the fountain of youth.
Korean sheet masks have been trendy for a few years now thanks to Instagram, where everyone from K-beauty mavens to celebrities snap pics of them plastered on their faces. They’re also an affordable trend, costing as little as a dollar to try, and available everywhere from your local Sephora to Walgreens.
That said, not all Korean sheet masks are alike, although they may appear to be. There are several different kinds of fabrics (fiber, pulp, hydrogel, etc), as well as different ingredients tailored to certain skin challenges like acne, dryness, aging, and more. Most sheet masks will be helpful to your skin, but if you want to target specific issues, be sure to read up on what you’re buying first.
Having sheet masked more than a normal human probably should, we’re sharing our favorite Korean sheet masks with you so you’ll know what to look out for when you go skincare shopping. Wrap up your hair, get a glass of wine, and enjoy!
The best Korean sheet masks for every skin type
1) Mediheal X BTS Mask Sheet Special Set ($21, 10-pack)
Good for: treating acne, signs of aging and dry skin, fangirling
We had to put this collab at the top of our list of Korean sheet masks because it caters to K-beauty and K-pop fans so perfectly. Not only does it contain 10 of Mediheal’s excellent sheet masks (five Tea Tree and five N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX), but it also comes with a photo card set of the biggest K-pop band in the world so you can sleep with it tucked beneath your pillow (and dream of OT7, if you’re lucky).
2) Tosowoong Pure mask line ($12.95, 10-pack)
Good for: anti-aging, hydration
Tosowoong is a cult favorite in K-beauty circles for several reasons: the face masks are cheap, drenched with great natural ingredients, and stay moist while worn for a long time. (Pro-tip: Lesser quality sheet masks dry out faster.) Our favorites are the propolis and snail masks, but you can also choose from green tea, blueberry, aloe, and deep sea water.
3) Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask ($17.90, 5-pack)
Good for: extreme hydration
The idea of snail slime in your skincare may be a turnoff for some, but Korean beauty converts know that it’s the equivalent to the fountain of youth. This mask from Skin Food is a terrific fit on the face, rich with moisture, and smells terrific. You can also wear it for a long time, so feel free to indulge to your heart’s content. These are especially good after a long flight, as the air on planes dehydrates your skin.
4) Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist mask ($29.95, 5-pack)
Good for: pore control and detoxification
Dr. Jart’s masks are more expensive than many of the Korean sheet masks on our list, but with good reason: they are very effective. I saw a noticeable reduction of pore size after one use of this mask and further reduction with multiple uses over a week. Made with black charcoal, the mask draws impurities out of the pores and tightens them.
5) My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest mask ($19.99, 10-pack)
Good for: brightening, anti-aging
I’m cheating a bit by including My Beauty Diary on this list, as it’s actually a Taiwanese brand rather than Korean. But its products are so excellent I felt it’d be an oversight to leave them out of a best masks lineup. An incredibly thin, light mask, it’s great for everything from deep hydration to anti-aging. It also smells absolutely delicious and is cut smaller than most masks, so if you have a small to medium-sized face you’ll love the way it fits.
6) Banobagi Vita Genic Jelly Mask collection ($17.78, 10-pack)
Good for: hydration, brightening, texture, anti-aging
This unusual mask comes out of the package feeling a bit gloppy. That’s because it’s a jelly mask, which is loaded with even more hydration ingredients than the average mask. The results of this mask are extremely notable and ideal if you want to get that “K-beauty glow.” I was awed by its results the first time I tried it, and there have been many, many Banobagi masking nights since.
7) no:hj mask collection ($32.99, 10-pack)
Good for: hydration, anti-aging, brightening
No:hj easily makes some of the finest masks in K-beauty, hands down. Their texture is as delicate as tissue paper, but they’re soaked with moisture and can be worn for over an hour without any major loss of product from the fabric. That’s pretty insane in the world of masks. If you have a long plane ride ahead of you this is a perfect option to take along if you’d like to pump your skin full of goodness before you take a nap.
8) Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask ($3.50 each)
Good for: acne, an intense dose of hydration, smelling delicious
Papa Recipe’s delightful Bombee Honey mask is packed with Manuka honey, an ingredient that soothes troubled skin and fights acne. There’s also hyaluronic acid in there, and you already know what a miracle ingredient that is. This mask is free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, and fillers and is 100% cruelty-free. Plus, it stays moist on your face for up to an hour. What more could you want?
9) Sulwhasoo EX Whitening mask ($119.90, 10-pack)
Good for: spoiling the hell out of yourself
Inexpensive sheet masks often have a lot of offer, but this mask is not one of those. Sulwhasoo is a high-end Korean luxury brand, which is why these masks have a higher price tag (roughly $12 per mask). That said, the line continuously delivers indulgent results and incredibly glowing skin, so if you have the money to burn, we say go for it.
10) no:hj Golden Modeling Foil Mask ($28.99, 10-pack)
Good for: dry skin, long masking sessions
Yes, no:hj made the list twice. Don’t @ me. The Golden Modeling Foil Mask is intense looking on (yes, it’s reflective gold), but it’s got a great fit and can be worn for an hour or more. They may be a little more costly than some of the other masks on this list, but they are well worth it. And of course, you’ll get glowy, nourished looking skin as a result of wearing one.
11) Mediheal Dress Code mask ($41.09, 10-pack)
Good for: looking fancy AF while you mask
Not only are these sheet masks from Mediheal the ideal weight for all skin types, but they are fantastically fun. The masquerade-inspired design on the packaging is exactly what the product inside looks like, meaning you’ll look quite fanciful as you mask. This one comes in four varieties to address whitening, moisture, toning, and “glossy” skin. Of course, each variety has a different mask as well. These are fabulous for a girls’ gathering or a wedding shower as you can marvel over each other’s fancy faces.
12) Missha Mascure sheet mask ($10, 5-pack)
If your skin is easily irritated and have troubling finding Korean sheet masks that soothe it, we’ve got your ticket. This mask is packed with Centella Asiatica leaf extracts that work magic on troubled skin. It also contains plenty of essence, meaning that it’s not only long wear but has plenty of leftover liquid to use on décolleté, arms and hands. It’s also light as a feather on your face.
13) The Face Shop Bio-Cell Premium Facial Sheet ($4.18 each)
Good for: dryness, wrinkles, anti-aging, brightening
If you can’t decide what type of Korean sheet masks to try first, a pack like this is ideal. You get two for each skin care concern, including moisturizing, firming, revitalizing and brightening. The Face Shop’s Bio-Cell line is a super affordable way to try them all out. After you figure out which one works best for you, you can look for other masks of that type!
14) JayJun Rose Blossom Mask ($30, 10-pack)
Good for: A solid hour of quality masking time
Tired of masks that dry out after 20 minutes? This Rose Blossom mask not only stays moist on your face for one hour or more but also clings beautifully and has a much better fit than cheaper masks. Heaven for fans of rose scents, and excellent to use after exposure to the chilly wind, flights, and more.
15) Blossom Jeju Camellia mask collection ($45.03, 5-pack)
Good for: Going makeup free
If you don’t do a lot of sheet masking, you may wonder why some Korean sheet masks are $1 – $2 each while others are closer to $9. In the case of the Blossom Jeju collection, you can definitely tell that you’re paying extra for right out of the package. They smell AMAZING. These two-step masks come with Camellia oil to apply first, and then you layer a sheet mask packed with soy protein and botanical extracts on top to seal it all in. The result is a very polished, fresh face with a glow that lasts. I didn’t wear makeup for days after using this mask because I genuinely didn’t need it!
16) Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask ($19.95, 10-pack)
Good for: Looking like you slept well
Naruko masks are insanely effective, especially for their price point. They hit all the checkmarks I look for in a great sheet mask: rich essence, good scent, stays moist for an hour or more. But I also wake up the next day after doing one with majorly reduced dark circles and looking rested. That’s like magic in a package, and every mask in the line seems to have that effect. I cannot recommend them enough. At the moment the Snail Essence is my favorite, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
17) Laneige Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask ($29.89, 5-pack)
Good for: reducing redness
Korean model Chaeyull Jung named this Laneige mask in a Vogue interview as her go-to to soothe redness, and I have to agree it does the job well. Laneige is now available at Target so you may have seen it before, but if you haven’t tried it yet now is a good time. Save it for when winter wind has reddened your cheeks and chapped your lips!
18) Naruko Narcissus Repairing DNA Mask ($19.95, 10-pack)
Good for: Brightening, anti-aging
Naruko’s Korean sheet masks have earned the acclaim of many a K-beauty blogger in recent months, and it’s easy to see why after trying its masks. The Narcissus Repairing mask is unique in that it has ear flaps, meaning you will also get a dose of moisture in spots typical masks do not reach. Lightly scented and excellent for brightening, fine lines and curing dryness, it’s perfect for when you want to soak in a hot bath for a bit.
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Colette Bennett is a writer and editor who specializes in geek culture, beauty products, and Amazon deals. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She's also given talks on working in news for CNN's Leadership Unplugged program. Bennett also runs popular Korean beauty blog Chok Chok Beauty and regularly slathers her face in snail slime.