I'm so glad to see you again! After introducing full face masks to you last week, I'd like to dig further into two types of face masks that are popular in Korea: cotton sheet masks and hydrogel masks. There are other masks as well such as bio cellulose masks, rubber/modeling masks, and wash-off masks. So far, I've been having trouble getting my hands on Korean bio cellulose masks in America (although I was actually just able to get a bee venom bio cellulose mask that I am going to try this week), so I will introduce cotton and hydrogel masks, which are hassle-free and easy to use for a person with a busy schedule (like me). I will talk about the other mask types later. But first - let's get started with cotton masks!
Cotton masks are made out of cloth that are soaked in essence. Korean sheet masks are SOAKED in fluid with enough left over in the package for you to pat into your neck. Cotton masks provide deep hydrating and nutritional benefits for your skin. I often think of face masks similar to supplements. As these are single-use cosmetic products only, masks provide an abundant amount of one or two main nutrients for the skin, and so it is a great way to give your skin a boost of a nutrient that you don't have in your basic care. A current cotton mask that has been plumping up my skin is ETUDE HOUSE's Moistfull Collagen Mask (pictured below). Since the main ingredient in my basic care is snail extract, I lack collagen, which is a protein that our bodies produce naturally and helps with our skin's elasticity. I'm almost 25 now though, which is the age when our bodies begin to produce less collagen that keeps our skin looking tight and young.
On to the next! Hydrogen masks are the upgraded version of cotton masks and are my FAVORITE! The essence is absorbed into your skin as the hydrogel melts, and the gel can pack in much more nutrients than the cotton sheet can. Also, the hydrogel helps to keep your skin directly in contact with the nutrients longer without evaporating as quickly as a cotton sheet would. Recently, I've been hooked on THEFACESHOP's INTEVIA Active Original Serum Mask. The active ingredient in this mask is HPKI-8, a synthetic protein similar to the protein of placenta, which helps to keep the skin looking young by promoting cell recovery.
Was this helpful? I like to know the technology behind what I'm using before I actually use it. In addition - if you didn't know - South Korea is about 12 years ahead in the beauty industry, and it does help that it still favors holistic skincare methods while creating effective hybrids with new technology. I am such a big fan and thankful that Korean skincare and methods work! Get to know your skin and prevent skin trouble; your healthy skin will be really happy no matter the hour.
Are you face masking? Join me on Instagram with #facemaskingtofriday and take a selfie of yourself or of a new face mask you're about to enjoy! Why Friday? Because there are more weekdays in a week than weekend days, and it is the day that kicks off the fun weekend! All the more nutrients for your skin to show off on the weekend! Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and July 4th!
See you next week! vklSKIN is also taking a break this weekend to relax. Meanwhile, if there is anything you'd like to know about Korean skincare or if there are any products you are curious about, please leave me a comment below.
(P.S. Leave your face masks in the fridge this summer for an icy, refreshing treat.)
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