To firstly set the parameters, how do I define a good mask?
It’ll be one that is absolutely moisturising, packed with benefits and doesn’t leave an overly sticky feeling after patting the skin gently for absorption. Your skin should feel rejuvenated and emit a slight glow.
The Koreans definitely know their face masks, and I’ve taken it upon myself to search for the best ones. Here are nine masks that have made the cut and are available for purchase in Singapore:
Animal Masks ($3.90 each)
Animal masks have been all the rage recently and I’ve seen one really failed version of Winnie The Pooh, of which I have absolutely no idea if I should feel sorry for the person or just laugh my head off.
Opt for SNP Animal Masks to not look so horribly distorted and much more than that, for their hydrating and anti-wrinkle properties.
Each animal mask contains unique benefits, which means you’ll be spoilt for choice. Rest assured that whichever one you choose though will be hydrating and smell stellar. Get yours now at Sasa boutiques islandwide!
Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask ($10)
A rather popular cosmetic brand in South Korea, Tony Moly is pretty underrated when it comes to Singapore – you have to visit the store at Bugis Junction at least once to check it out.
Snail hydro-gel!? Ew. I know. But do you know how nutritious snail slime is? It’s packed with proteins, glycolic acids and elastin that helps restore the elasticity in your skin, considering how our collagen production decreases with age.
The masks hydrates and replenishes moisture, aiding in cell regeneration with the proteins. And don’t worry, no snails are harmed in the process of making it and only organically farmed snails are used, with each mask containing 10,000ppm of snail secretion filtrate.
The lengths one goes to for beauty.
Tony Moly Singapore: 200 Victoria St, 25 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 | Tel: +65 6336 8087 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10pm | Website
Mask Sheets ($3.50 each)
The Face Shop offers a wide variety of masks, targeted at various concerns you might have. Choose from a range of moisturising masks, exfoliating masks and many more.
The masks sheets aren’t overly drenched in essence, allowing them to remain light after patting in for better absorption. While these aren’t the most enriching masks available, they really help in refreshing your skin, leaving you feeling more rejuvenated.
Ginseng Mask ($3)
Everybody’s raving about this ginseng mask from The odbo, and for good reason. During my first trial, I was really afraid that my face would stink of ginseng (because I’ve had really bad experiences with ginseng, e.g. barfing), but the ginseng aroma is really subtle and not invasive to the nose at all.
The mask is soaked in the right amount of essence and contains collagen, and after application and patting, the absorption is pretty fast and you’ll be able to spot an immediate glow on your face. It is moisturising and definitely leads to more supple skin.
The odbo: 200 Victoria St, 22 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 | Tel: +65 6238 1337 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm | Website
It’s Real Squeeze Masks ($2 each)
With over 16 different flavours to choose from, all of which aim to moisturise, smoothen, firm up and brighten your skin, you’re bound to fall in love with them. The It’s Real Squeeze Masks boast natural ingredients such as Manuka Honey, Blackberry, Cucumber, Shea Butter and many more.
The masks are fragrant and light, perfect for a perk-me-up sorta day. Plus, they’re only $2 each!
Egg White Pore Mask ($13.52)
When I first saw Skinfood, I was really intrigued by the packaging; all the masks are packed into little jars and vials that give an apothecary-like feel. Coupled with the natural food ingredients and I was sold.
It’s hard to resist actually tasting the products out of curiosity, but don’t. I have and it tastes like, well, skincare products. Skinfood’s Egg White Pore Mask packs natural ingredients with egg white extract that helps to refine pores and unclog them with deep cleansing.
If these foods do your body good, you know they’re going to be good for your skin. The facial masks leave your skin soft and supple.
Skinfood: 10 Tampines Central 1 #02-19, Singapore 529536 | Tel: +65 6468 2759 | Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm | Website
Brightening Solution Mask ($9)
You can easily find Dr Jart in Sephora and with the minimal white lab-like packaging and typography that commands attention, you’re gonna want to try this. Go for the Brightening Solution Mask that promises to instantly brighten your skin tone, providing youthful radiance.
The mask is made of ultra-fine microfibre, each strand thinner than a single hair, making it a more effective way to luxuriously deliver the essential ingredients for the skin to absorb. It also contains molecules that help to even out skin tone, brightening the skin while simultaneously diminishing the appearance of dark spots and discolouration.
I’m thoroughly in love with Dr Jart’s mask – the brightening essence is creamy and nourishing, and leaves no sign of stickiness. And yes, I could see an instantaneous glow on my skin, with it being visibly brighter than before application.
True Whitening Facial Sheet Mask ($8)
You’ve gotta believe in Belif’s True Whitening Facial Masks, packed in a dual pouch – the Essence and the Organic Cotton sheet – that ensures that the essence is freshly soaked and exposed only when you’re ready to use it, preventing the mask from going stale.
Great for whitening, the masks help to protect your skin from environmental stress as well as nourish it thoroughly without your skin feeling too sticky from the fresh essence.
Belif: 435 Orchard Road, #B1-64, Wisma Atria, 238877 | Tel:+65 6509 5206 | Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm | Website
Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask ($34)
Ah… Laneige, what a huge fan I am. The highly coveted water sleeping pack is literally everything. There are times when I have no choice but to stay up late and while I may not feel rested, quickly putting on one of the masks perks my skin up and makes me look fresh and awake.
My point is, Laneige aces face masks. Especially the Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask which helps to cool and soothe the skin, providing intensive moisture care that pampers, leaving the skin soft and firm.
It contains Quinoa extract that is rich in Vitamin A, C and E that aids in cell regeneration and hydration. The mask also contains Tillandsia extract that is rich in betiane, a natural moisturising factor that is essential in the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
And it’s exceedingly fragrant and light, rejuvenating the skin with a glow. You can get it at Sephora, Tangs or any of the flagship stores. Definitely my favourite face mask export from Korea. Kamsahamnida!
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