Face mask 101

Posted by The Skin Alley on

Who can say no to a mini facial at home. Especially for only a fraction of the price and with minimal effort. They are absolutely not essential but face masks are a nice way to wind down and pamper yourself. Whether, it’s in the bath, in front of the television or in bed. Korean face masks can range from overnight masks, sheet masks, clay masks, lip masks, eye masks and wash offs. The list goes on and on. Their price, function and ingredients ranges but thankfully cover most skin concerns.

A face mask is best applied after cleansing. Don't forget to moisturise afterwards to lock in all that goodness. If you follow the kbeauty 10 step regime, then a face mask will probably come in at step 7 or 8. If you rather simplicity then on nights of using a mask, you can just cleanse, apply essence, mask and moisturise.



Sheet mask

Sheet masks are a fantastic way to adding moisture back into your skin with beneficial ingredients and are often gentle enough for daily use. If you hate getting your hairline wet like me or never seem to be able to get your entire sheet mask on properly try the Laneige Cream Skin Quick Skin Pack. These little pads are just like an ordinary sheet mask but comes in a circular form. They can be much more easily fitted and are less messy.

Did you know you can make a DIY face mask, using your favourite toner or essence? Simply saturate a cotton pad or a compressed face mask and voila! 

Tip: The next time you hop onto a plane, bring a sheet mask or eye patch to combat the dry and recycled air.


Clay Mask

Clay masks like the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x are especially great for those with acne prone skin, oily skin and enlarged pores. Clay acts like magnets and draws away impurities and help with decongesting pores. Try only using clay masks 2-3 times a week, as they can dry out your skin if used excessively.


Eye Mask 

Hydrogel eye patches not only moisturises under the eye area but are great for de-puffing. They leave you with a nice cooling sensation.

The Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask is fitted with a ceramic ball applicator that helps with de-puffing skin under the eyes. It keeps you moisturised overnight and gives your tired eyes a boost in the morning.


Lip Mask

Lip masks are a heaven sent! They keep your lips supple, soft and well moisturised. After consistent used you will notice that you are not reaching for your lip balm as often as before. They can be used daily.


Overnight & wash off mask

These type of mask generally pack a punch when it comes to hydration. When using overnight masks, do refrain from using more than 2-3 times a week. Overnight and wash off masks are generally thicker and richer in consistency. 

Try Korean skincare online and find these popular Kbeauty overnight and wash off masks below:

I’m From Mugwort Mask (wash off)
Mugwort is known for its hydrating, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits properties that prevent break outs and and soothes irritation.

I’m From Rice Mask (wash off)
Fortified with rice bran and rice powder. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells, removes impurities and tightens pores. Great for brightening the skin’s complexion and restoring its natural glow.

COSRX Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask (overnight)
Intensely moisturising from the use of beeswax. Enriched with 87% propolis extract which is great for soothing irritated, stressed and acne prone skin.
Laneiege Water Sleeping Mask (overnight)
Rejuvenate skin with a much needed moisture punch. The active ingredient of hydrogen mineral water, evening primrose extract and huzza apricot extract from a complex network of moisture-rich-beta-glucan is used to drive constant moisture to skin whilst you sleep.


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