What are Korean mask packs?
Korean mask packs are wash-off masks that are applied onto the skin as part of your Korean skin care routine. They come in the form of thick, viscous cream or gel that can be spread evenly over the skin using a mask brush or your hands, and left on before they are peeled off or washed away. Unlike Korean mask sheet, lip and eye mask or hand and foot mask that does not require rinsing after they are being used, most Korean mask packs will need to be rinsed away from the face after they have been applied and left for a sufficient amount of time. The duration in which they can be left on the skin varies between 20 minutes to overnight depending on the formulation.
Using wash-off mask packs is a simple, yet highly effective method to resolve numerous skin concerns such as dehydration, flakiness, soothing acne and breakouts, eliminating blackheads and whiteheads or even illuminating dull skin. In terms of texture, Korean mask packs are smooth in texture, sometimes they have microbeads or natural physical exfoliators such as sugar granules, oats, grains or seeds added to them. Adding granulated substances help slough away and lift dead skin cells as well as increase skin cell turnover for smoother skin.
Types of mask packs
Korean mask packs come in a few variants, each used differently and serve different purposes.
- Korean clay mask: These kinds of Korean masks are made with natural clay that is rich in minerals that clarified skin. Korean clay mask also contains anti-microbial properties for sebum control, clarifying pores and restoring the skin’s natural moisture balance. With their smooth texture that leaves a cooling sensation on the skin, Korean clay masks are most suitable for those with oily, troubled, acne-prone skin. Clay masks can also be commonly found in the form of a nose mask to clear out pores, remove blackheads and whiteheads, as well as tighten enlarged pores.
- Korean hydrating or nourishing mask packs: They are some of the commonly found types of facial masks. Hydrating or nourishing mask packs are formulated with different natural and scientific ingredients that help target different skin concerns and can be applied at any time of the day for up to 40 minutes. These type of Korean mask packs can either be gently peeled away or washed off with lukewarm water and then followed with the rest of your skincare steps.
- Sleeping masks: Just like its name, sleeping masks are mask packs that are applied overnight to keep your skin well moisturized and nourished while you sleep. They are applied instead of your regular nighttime moisturisers and are ideally used once or twice a week depending on your skin’s needs. Korean sleeping masks make the perfect addition to your nighttime skincare routine as they recharge your skin with an abundance of vitamins overnight, leaving you with healthy, supple and smooth skin overnight when the sleeping mask is rinsed off.
How to choose the best face mask packs for your skin?
With a large variety of wash-off face masks that contain different active ingredients, Korean face mask packs Australia can be beneficial for everyone. In order to choose the best Korean facial mask pack for your skin, you should first begin by correctly identifying your skin type and the skin concerns that your skin is experiencing. If you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin that feels greasy, opt for a Korean clay mask that will help balance and purify your skin. On the other hand, those with dry skin should opt for mask packs that contain deeply moisturising and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ginseng, ceramides, collagen and so on to help repair and strengthen the skin barrier for increased moisture retention abilities.
As with choosing other steps of your skincare regimen, a basic rule of thumb to follow is avoiding products that contain harsh ingredients such as drying alcohols, artificial fragrances and dyes, or chemicals that will strip away the skin’s natural oils or lead to increased skin sensitivity. Therefore, it is always a good option to select products that are skin-friendly or dermatologically tested that can be safely used on all skin types.
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