A serious masking session is like pressing the backspace button and effectively deleting last night's tequila shots — or the fact that you didn't wash off your makeup when you stumbled in at 3 a.m. They can draw out impurities, transform your texture, brighten your complexion instantly, and even provide a Gatorade-like swig of hydration. Whatever the claim, masks are generally intensive treatments that translate into instant (sometimes mic-dropping) gratification.
Right now, some of our favorite masks are coming from overseas, under the broad and growing category of Korean skin care. In South Korea, the “put a mask on it” mantra extends across multiple categories — including peel-off, modeling, bubble, water, sleeping masks, and even finger masks. It’s also common to cocktail masks to address specific needs (for example, a clay mask to purify pores paired with a hydrogel sheet mask to rehydrate).
Things can get a little confusing with the overwhelming number of masks claiming to be one-shot wonders. Ahead, find a list of superstars that will save you from picking up a dud next time you're standing in the checkout line. Read on to discover some of the newest and coolest K-beauty masks you aren't using yet, but definitely should be.
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