Review: Korean Skincare Masks

This made me soo happy! ^^

A while ago I ordered a ton (okay, not a ton but it was quite a bit) of Korean skincare and makeup from Momomango, my go-to place for all my Korean skincare and makeup needs in Canada. I’ve been busy using the great products and am ready to start letting you all know what I think of them all. One of the things I ordered was 10 different Korean face mask sheets so look for that review post soon (I want to review them all at once). But first, let me tell you about a few of my favourite Korean masks.

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-off Mask – my favourite one!

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-off Mask

Okay, I’ll be honest. This isn’t a new product for me, I’ve been using it for years – since 2006 or 2007 when I was in Korea – and I’ve gone through several jars of it. Why? It’s the absolutely best product ever. I use it both as a scrub and a mask. Yeah, it’s called a mask but trust me, it works just fine as a gentle scrub.

You see, I have sensitive skin so I’m always a little leery about scrubs being too harsh. Skinfood’s Black Sugar Wash-off Mask is so gentle that I’ve never had a problem using it. And in fact, I use it weekly – every Sunday before bed. I do tend to use it more often as a scrub because I find it works best as one so that’s how I’ll talk about it.

Sorry, pretend it’s on my face (I’m shy)

After first cleansing my face, I take a generous dollop (about 1 tbsp) and gently massage it into my still wet skin in a circular motion. As with all masks and scrubs, avoid your eye area. I tend to massage it on my face for a few minutes (3-5 in total) and then rinse it off well with warm water.

My skin always feels so refreshed and soft afterwards. I use it once a week and have never had any issues with it; in fact, I love how it makes my skin feel. It’s by far my favourite product from Skinfood (although not the only product I like from them) and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Great for sensitive skin!

Skinfood Peppermint Pore Diet Peel-Off Mask – my second favourite

Skinfood Peppermint Pore Diet Peel-Off Mask

This is my second favourite Skinfood mask and again, one I’ve been using for years. While I’m lucky that my skin doesn’t wrinkle easily, the trade-off is that I have larger pores. The Peppermint Pore Diet Peel-Off Mask is perfect for minimizing pores and brightening your skin by removing dead skin. Plus, who wants dead skin?

This product is a peel-off mask meaning that you apply a thin layer after cleansing and drying your face. It’s super easy to see where you’ve put it because it goes on an opaque white colour. As with all masks, avoid your eye area and mouth. I would also recommend not getting it in your hair or eyebrows as it does kinda hurt when you peel it off and hair comes out. I know! ^^

See, it’s white so it’s easy to see ^^

After you apply it, wait 15 minutes or so until it completely dries. I tend to put on a slightly thicker layer so it’s easier to peel off so it tends to take a little longer – maybe 20 minutes. You’ll feel it tightening your pores and it will tingle a little (the peppermint in it) but don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt. After it’s dry, slowly peel it off.

And voila! You have smoother, tighter skin. While I tend to use it more in the summer – and the mask below in the winter – that’s just me, it’s a great year-round, one-a-week mask for most skin types. Those with combination or oily skin will benefit most from it though.

The Face Shop Home Aesthetic Pack Rape Flower Honey Mask

The Face Shop Home Aesthetic Pack Rape Flower Honey Mask

While the name of this moisturizing peel-off mask is a mouthful, it’s a delightful mask to use and my favourite of the many Face Shop masks. I tend to use their mask sheets more but that’s another article.

Like most peel-off masks, cleanse and dry your face before apply a thin (but not too thin) layer. As always, avoid your eyes and mouth. I find this mask very gentle to peel off (read: it doesn’t pull off my eyebrows) but the trade-off is it often doesn’t come off in one piece like the Peppermint mask (above).

After applying it, wait 15 minutes or until it’s dry and gently and slowly peel it off. One small issue is it goes on – and dries – completely clear (okay, with a slight yellow tinge but it blends really well with my skin tone) so it can be a little hard to see.

It’s a great moisturizing mask and so I tend to use it once a week in the winter months – Canadian winters can be quite dry and harsh on your skin (or at least mine). It’s gentle and good for all skin types.

And those are my three favourite Korean masks (one of which is a mask/scrub) – all of which are available at Momomango. Don’t forget, if you want $10 off your first order with them, use the coupon code “CINDY2012″!

Thank you: I want to thank all the lovely readers who have used the above coupon code already!! It allowed me to get these lovely Korean skincare products and some others which you’ll read about soon. Thanks so much my lovely readers!! 

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

8 thoughts on “Review: Korean Skincare Masks

  • September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Do you cleanse and then use a toner before applying the masks? I also have very sensitive skin and am always looking for new products.

    • September 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I cleanse before using them all but don’t use a toner. The black sugar scrub/mask is great for sensitive skin and I can even use it twice a week. The peel-off masks can irritate if used too often but once a week has never bothered me. I would recommend trying the black sugar scru/mask first.

  • September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Oh nice collection you got there! I’m a big fan of Korean skin care products 😉

      • September 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Klair’s mask! It’s not one of those paste thing, it’s that’s already made to cover up your face. 🙂

      • September 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        One of the face sheet masks? I love those and have another post coming out about them 🙂 although not that one.

  • October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    My daughter has tried every skin care product for acne, and we still haven’t be happy with any of them. The AC Clinic acne skincare is part of the Skinfood line…is it worth exploring?

    • November 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      I’ve never tried it personally (I believe it’s from Etude House rather than SkinFood) but it has good reviews on Momomango.

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