Sometimes you just want that one-stop hero product to cure what ails you. Well, happy to report: There’s a mask for that!
K-beauty talks a lot about sheet masks, but in the busyness of changing seasons, non-sheet masks can also be a great way to specifically address skin concerns without a lot of time or added product. (Not to mention, any activity that mimics a day at the spa is just fine by us.)
Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite non-sheet masks to treat the recurring skin conditions we encounter the most, and are willing to bet you do too.
Good Morning, Puffy Skin
We’ve all been there: those mornings when our skin just looks a little puffier and more fatigued than we’d like it to. That’s why we love Heimish’s Black Tea Mask. In as little as five minutes, key ingredients like Oxidized Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract (Black Tea), Litchi Chinensis fruit extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water help to calm inflamed skin and deliver high concentrations of antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Black tea, in particular, is known for its brightening qualities, ability to heal acne, and prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.
But what really makes this mask sing -- in addition to its whipped gel-like texture -- is Centella asiatica extract, aka tiger grass. Used for centuries for its antibacterial and healing properties, tiger grass specifically works to decrease inflammation, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen and improve circulation. Imagine how your skin would love to drink all of this up before your first cup of coffee.
Duller Than Desired?
Whether it’s because the weather is crummy, work has been stressful, or just due to a general bout of the “blahs,” nobody is immune from the moments when skin looks less than its best. Cue: Urang’s Clarifying Blue Mask. Trust us, the brightening is instant with this one -- and the science proves it. This mask has been clinically tested and shown to effectively remove fine dust (black carbon particles/pollutants) from the skin.
From the moment you smooth it on, you’ll feel the natural (and biodegradable) jojoba beads gently exfoliate while white kaolin clay traps the excess sebum and dirt clogging pores. Antioxidants like Camellia extract suppress the destruction of collagen and essential oils including grapefruit peel, citrus limon, Juniperus Communis and Jeju detoxify, restore and protect the skin's barrier. Get ready to brighten your skin and your mood after just fifteen minutes.
Why So Dry?
Ever feel like your skin is just too dry to deal? We know the feeling, which is why we, along with a devoted following of customers, love Cosrx’s Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask that works in three different ways to naturally hydrate and nourish the skin.
Build a Barrier
By now we know that protecting the skin's moisture barrier is important, but sometimes our skin acts like it doesn't agree. Especially as we get older, a slowing cell turnover rate and decreasing collagen production can leave our skin in need of some added TLC. Pyunkang Yul's Balancing Gel is just the thing, formulated with only seven ingredients to act as an anti-aging, skin-barrier builder with the ability to regenerate skin cells and maintain a healthy complexion.
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract is one of the stand-out ingredients, comprising over 90% of this innovative formula. The gel's honey-like consistency grabs onto the surface of skin then melts in for a smooth, strong and bouncy texture. Use just a few dots of this all over your face, rub your hands together, and then smooth into your skin for a truly indulgent experience.
Junk food? Hormones? Work? Travel? Whatever the reason, our skin likes to bring to the surface whatever is stressing us out, sometimes very literally. That’s why Huxley’s Keep Calm Healing Mask is a must for nutrient-depleted skin.
Its soothing, jelly-like texture grabs onto the skin (gently, of course) to maximize delivery of hydrating antioxidants like Vitamin E, linoleic acid, and Sahara prickly pear cactus extract--which also adds a cooling effect and is an excellent protector of skin from environmental stressors. Centella asiatica is in this one, too, allowing skin to heal itself while orange peel extract revitalizes skin tone. After cleansing, spread an even layer of this over your skin and wait ten minutes. Crisis averted.
Don’t Forget le Lips!
While on the topic of masks, we can’t forget this special cult-favorite: The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Great as a final step before bed, a tiny application of this salve goes a long, long way.
Made with pure Himalayan glacial water, this lip mask uses exclusive Moisture Wrap™technology to adhere and absorb quickly into lips, creating a protective film of minerals and hyaluronic acid. The result is softer, smoother, and more hydrated lips by morning.
After all, you’re never fully dressed without a… :)
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Written by Ziza Bauer @ Ohlolly