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Our Edit Of The Best Korean Face Masks You Seriously Need To Own

These are the best Korean face masks that will double up as DIY facials for instantly better skin.

You can’t deny the fact that Korean women are known to be super conscientious when it comes to skincare. You must also be no stranger to the 10-step Korean skincare regime: remove makeup, cleanse skin, exfoliate, tone, apply essence, serum, mask, eye cream, face cream and SPF. While many women swear by it, you might belong to the camp that would rather put the 10 to 15 minutes towards scrolling through your Instagram feed. Or, you know, just more time to snooze.

And that’s the exact reason that we love face masks. They give your skin an instant boost, thanks to the high concentration of active ingredients. With the staggering variety available in the market, there are literally dozens of options that will target every and any skin concern of yours. From hydrating to brightening and even anti-ageing, we round up our favourite Korean face masks (overnight, wash-off and sheet masks) you need in your beauty arsenal.

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Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask 2x, $29
We’re no stranger to the clay masks from the Korean naturalism brand, but this one packs twice the punch when it comes to cleansing your skin thoroughly. It features Jeju Volcanic Cluster Spheres with twice the power of sebum absorptiveness, while the micro clay mousse formula allows it to cleanse even the finest dirt particles that are trapped in small pores. Neogen Super Shiny Aqua Capsule Mask, US$42.66 (S$58.80) for a box of five, www.net-a-porter.com
For the days that your skin needs some TLC, seek solace in this sheet mask from Neogen. It comes with an ultra-hydrating small, breakable aqua serum-filled capsule – that also has propolis, vitamin B3 and royal jelly to brighten up the skin. Banobagi Age Vitamin Cocktail Foil Mask, $5.90, Guardian
Not only does it feel super bougie to have your face covered in gold, this gold foil actually serves a function. With soft cotton sheets added to it, the mask is able to prevent the evaporation of essence from the skin. What goes into said essence? Mineral water to strengthen the skin’s barrier, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9, C and E to make your skin bouncier and healthier. Huxley Healing Mask: Keep Calm, $40
A soothing mask that nourishes and replenishes moisturise to dehydrated skin, its jelly texture wraps the skin and locks up intense hydration while soothing the skin. This one’s especially perfect for use after a long day out in the sun or when your skin’s acting up. Huxley Mask: Glow and Brightness, $45 for 3 pieces
Infused with the brand’s signature prickly pear cactus oil, this brightening sheet mask leaves the skin with a luminous, radiant glow and protects skin from harmful environmental stress. Dr. Jart Rubber Mask Bright Lover, $17, Sephora
This two-step masking system comprises of a concentrated ampoule serum along with a cooling rubber mask that was developed to brighten and correct uneven skin tone. The rubber mask adheres firmly to the skin in order to prevent active ingredients from evapourating. Derived from algae, the mask lowers the skin’s temperature to cool and calm agitated skin. Leaders Insolution Amino Moisture Mask, $5, Sephora
This mask is suitable to be used as often as every day. Made up of ceramide ingredients combined with a complex of 17 amino acids that strengthen the moisture barrier of the skin, this mask does away with wrinkles, dead skin, dryness and dullness. Dr. Jart V7 Brightening Mask, $33 for 5, Sephora
With a blend of seven kinds of multivitamins and white jade ingredients, this mask is said to instantly brighten up the skin and retain that luminosity for up to 24 hours. Suitable for all skin types, it’s made up of 40% moisturising agents including hyaluronic acid for abundant moisturising. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, US$45 (S$61.70)
If you haven’t been living under a rock recently, you would’ve seen this Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe making its rounds on Instagram. Described as a pillow-proof bouncy, breathable sleeping mask, it’s formulated with soothing, amino acid-rich watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid and pore-refining AHAs that slog away to reveal renewed skin while you sleep. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, US$45 (S$61.70)
From the same fast-rising Korean-owned beauty brand, the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask is a creamy yet breathable sleeping mask that pampers dry, tired skin overnight. Think of it as a quick fix to eliminating dry flakes and dull skin. 74% of this creamy formula is made from four forms of avocado: avocado fruit, avocado extract, avocado oil and avocado butter. The brand thinks of avocado as somewhat of a magical fruit because it’s rich in oleic and linoleic acid. Translation: it’s intensely hydrating. Dear, Klairs Freshly Squeezed Vitamin E Mask, $37.20
Those brooding over dry, sensitive and aging skin: rejoice. This Vitamin E mask from Dear, Klairs will be your new favourite skincare booster that moisturises, whitens and strengthens your skin’s barrier simultaneously. Known to be an excellent antioxidant, the Vitamin E in this mask is said to retain moisture for at least eight hours – even on the driest and dullest of skins. Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, $26
Don’t let its name fool you. It may be named an overnight spa mask, which might sound daunting and rich, but its texture is so lightweight that it’s suitable for daytime wear too. Made with 65 per cent rice extract and niacinamide, this hydrating formula brightens tired skin when its slathered onto the skin. Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX. Box, $39 for 10 pieces
Soothing and moisturising, mask your way to clear and hydrated skin with this ampoule face mask that drenches the skin with the goodness of hyaluronic acid, ceramide and witch hazel. Hera Aqua Recharge Mask, $80
This effectively targets irritated and tired complexions and is made of a lightweight gel formula that deeply penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to restore and nourish it through the night so you’ll wake up looking well-rested and fresh. Coconut oil is infused to lock in moisture for a plumper complexion while camellia leaf extract soothes and calms redness. Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask, $28
Infused with calendula petals, the rich formula calms the skin during sleep and creates a hydrated and revitalised look by morning. The mask is non-irritating, hydrating and enriched with asiatic pennywort, aloe vera extract and cucumber extract to replenish the skin with moisture. The cooling effect also leaves skin feeling refreshed. Mamonde Rose Moisturizing Skin Fit Mask, $6 per piece
This fast-acting moisturising bio-cellulose mask has a high-concentration of rose water to quickly deliver soothing and moisturising extracts to relieve dry, irritated skin. Pack it for instant hydration when you’re on the plane or on a winter vacation. It also plumps skin instantly so makeup goes on even smoother. Erborian Spray-to-Mask Revitalising Face Mask Radiance Effect, $45
Inspired by hydrogel masks, this spray-to-mask features a gel-like film that releases its active ingredients onto the skin while locking in moisture. Revive tired and dehydrated skin with ginseng, liquorice, wild yam and horsetail, which work in synergy to hydrate, plump and reinvigorate skin. Blithe Patting Water Pack Rejuvenating Purple Berry, $54
The ultimate time-saver for those always on-the-go, this innovative mask works by splashing the concentrated blend of lactic acid and antioxidant-packed berries on your face. In 15 seconds, the mask provides exfoliating, deep cleansing, moisturising and pH balancing effects at once. Splash, pat, rinse and say goodbye to shiny skin. Laneige Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask, $35 for 5 pieces
With a cooling sensation, this soothing mask minimises irritation while providing intensive moisture to your skin. Designed to fit closely over your face, it is saturated with hydro ion mineral water for quick and visible results. Quinoa extract which is rich in vitamins A, C and E, helps to protect the skin from dryness as the micro-sized botanical oil particles of olive squalane is penetrates skin easily to give you smooth and supple skin. 3CE White Milk Sleeping Mask, $28
Packed with delicious ingredients like milk, oatmeal, honey and avocado— this mask works hard while you sleep soundly. Milk proteins remove dead skin buildup to reveal healthy radiance, tea tree oil fights breakouts, oatmeal strengthens skin and honey replenishes hydration. Dr. Jart Shake & Shot Elastic Shot Shaking Rubber Mask, $14
Mix and shake the double trans booster with an ampoule containing a cocktail of alpha-lipoic acid and reparative botanical complex to give you a fresh and potent skincare solution. This cream-to-sheet mask also contains retinol which improves skin’s elasticity, tone, texture and removes the appearance of pigmentation. Sulwhasoo Snowise Exfoliating Mask, $85
This in-shower wash-off mask is made with finely grounded white ginseng (both its extracts and powder) to suppress melanin production, hydrate and increases the formation of collagen to plump, moisturise and brighten the overall complexion. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, $148 for a box of five
Formulated with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients such as ginseng root extract, which boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production, this anti-ageing sheet mask also helps to increase skin’s defensive properties and treats common skin concerns such as dryness and loss of firmness.   Blithe Blue Zone Marine Intensive Mask Sea Cucumber, $46 for a box of eight, Sephora
With a blend of niacinamide and sea cucumber extract (which is known as ‘ginseng of the sea’) this mask brightens skin tone and promotes a more radiant complexion. It is also infused with daffodil extracts, which helps protect skin from environmental damage. Etude House 24K Gold Therapy Red Ginseng Mask (Firming), $9.90
This hydro-gel sheet mask contains ginseng extract to help firm and hydrate skin for a plumper complexion. Etude House Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet, $5
For oily complexions, this mask is infused with oak tree charcoal to control excess sebum production and deeply cleanse pores. The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Seol Radiant White Ampoule Mask, $155 for a box of eight
This intensive whitening facial hydrogel mask instantly nourishes and hydrates skin while targeting whitening and skin radiance concerns. Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask, $38
Formulated with the brand’s Pore Minimising technology, this strengthens skin’s barrier, removes excess sebum and tightens pores while also providing maximum hydration. Laneige Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask, $53
Enriched with peptide water and collagen, this strengthens skin’s barrier function and boosts hydration for firmer, younger-looking skin. Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask, $49, Sephora
This refreshing aqua gel mask is enriched with a unique complex of bamboo sap and fibres to help skin feel smooth, hydrated and plumped. It can also either be used as a rinse-off hydro-plumping mask or as a moisturising leave-on treatment. Su:m37 Water-Full Aqua Sleeping Pack, $74
This lightweight overnight sleeping mask is made with fermented moisturising ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin through the night. Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask, $38, Sephora
Formulated with black truffle, this overnight brightening mask helps you achieve a more luminous and radiant skin while you sleep. Caolion Premium Blackhead Pore Pack, $39, Sephora
Ideal for all skin types, this is made with 100 per cent natural sparkling water, charcoal powder and micro-oxygen bubbles to effectively remove dead skin cells.