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The 16 Best Korean Face Masks for Dewy, Bouncy Skin

K-beauty does it again.

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During my last (and only) visit to Seoul, I had quite a few firsts. I traipsed around in a green tea field filled with snakes, tried actual high-quality soju, and thwarted a meerkat's persistent efforts to steal my earrings (long story). But most memorably, I wandered into dozens of beauty shops on every corner, and for the very first time, skincare left me speechless. Products with textures I'd never felt and ingredients I'd never heard of stocked the shelves, and shoppers stocked up on serums and creams at all hours of the night. I was in the beauty capital of the entire world, and I nearly shed a tear for it.

That said, you don't have to go to Seoul to discover these innovative products anymore (though I would absolutely recommend it when we can travel abroad again). Nowadays, K-beauty is a skincare staple here in the U.S., and for very, very good reason. The beauty tech in South Korea is years ahead of our country's, and that's made clear by every essence, moisturizer, and sunscreen that appears on the market. And if there's one thing Koreans know best, it's how to mask like a pro. From sheets soaked in snail mucin to jars topped off with bouncy exfoliating gels, K-beauty's got every skin care concern covered. Here, we've rounded up the most effective, innovative, and just plain playful options for your next self-care session.

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For Dry Lips
Lip Sleeping Mask
Laneige sephora.com
$26.00

This lip mask is legendary, even in Seoul, the unofficial beauty capital of the world. Slather on a thick layer before you hit the sheets and you'll wake up to bouncy, hydrated lips that are more pillow-soft than, well, your pillows. 

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For Sensitive Skin
Cryo Rubber Mask
Dr. Jart+ sephora.com
$14.00

Two steps are better than one when it comes to this funny little kit. Apply the soothing ampoule after cleansing, then lay the algae and clay mask over your face for 40 minutes to seal in its benefits. Please note: selfies are mandatory.  

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For Oily T-Zones
Super Volcanic Clusters Pore Clearing Clay Mousse Mask
innisfree sephora.com
$21.00

There are hundreds of clay masks out there, but this one beats our its competition when it comes to reducing oil and beating down acne. Its sebum-absorbing powers come from actual volcanic clay in South Korea. 

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For Redness
Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask Facial Treatment
Mamonde amazon.com
$3.00

Calendula is known for its intense calming powers, and there's nothing more ahhh-inducing then a sheet mask fresh out of the fridge. Stick one in there at night, and wake up to a spa-worthy treatment in a packet.  

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For Dark Spots
Pure Brightening Sleeping Mask
Primera sephora.com
$55.00

A load of moisture isn't enough for bouncy, bright skin. Luckily, this overnight formula is a one-two punch: antioxidant-rich watercress sprout extract lifts dark spots and imbues a fresh glow, while artemisia extract soothes and restores hydration. 

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For Dullness
Egg Cream Mask
Too Cool For School amazon.com
$6.00

You know those DIY hair masks that contain eggs to give strands a radiant boost? Same idea here. This lightweight sheet mask is drenched in extracts from both egg yolks and whites for a glowier, bouncier complexion. 

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For Sensitive Skin
Back To Relax Soothing Gel Mask
Thank You Farmer amazon.com
$29.99

Ooey, gooey, and fruity: the holy trinity of what defines a mask that's just plain fun to use. And don't worry, it's not just pretty. Pomegranate and fig extracts calm and hydrate even the most sensitive skin.

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For Radiance
First Care Activating Sheet Mask
Sulwahsoo nordstrom.com
$60.00

This mask's ingredient list has a history. It's packed with Korean herbs that have been used as homeopathic healers for thousands of years, and will restore and reinvigorate even the most tired complexion. (Added bonus: there are five masks in the pack.)

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For Weakened Skin
Snail Bee High Content Mask
Benton amazon.com
$23.25

Snail mucin and bee venom are two protective skincare saviors in South Korea, and this sheet option is packed with both to strengthen the moisture barrier. 

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For Acne
A-Clear Aid Soothing Overnight Mask
Dermalogy by Neogenlab amazon.com
$19.00

The Amazon reviews on this nighttime mask make clear that this is a workhorse when it comes to eliminating acne. It soothes existing pimples, reduces oil, and smoothes bumps so you can rid yourself of breakouts quicker. 

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for uneven skin tone
Yuzu Vitamin C Sleep Mask
Saturday Skin sephora.com
$29.00

Yuzu, an Eastern citrus fruit, is practically a vitamin C bomb. And when paired with retinol, it even better refines uneven texture and enhances radiance by morning.  

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for dry skin
N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Mask
Mediheal amazon.com
$9.95

You're parched. You're flaky. Your skin is crying out for hydration. Enter the N.M.F mask, your new holy grail. It imbues your moisture barrier with ingredients that your skin already recognizes within itself, like hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and water-binding sugars, so your face is instantly soothed. 

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For Overnight Repair
Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask
MISSHA amazon.com

More snail stuff! This overnight option will repair even the most disrupted skin, and the deep-sea water it contains helps restore moisture and firm the face.

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For Stronger Skin
I'm Real Rice Sheet Mask
Tonymoly amazon.com
$25.00

$25 for 10 game-changing treatments? Sign us TF up. Rice extract strengthens the skin for a natural glow. 

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5.5 Super-Fit Calming Full Mask
Acwell sokoglam.com
$3.50

Think of this sheet as a therapist for your skin. It contains centella asiatica extract, calamine and pennywort extracts to reduce signs of stress and restore your complexion to its calm, serene self. 

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For Tired Eyes
Collagen Eye Patch
Etude House amazon.com
$8.80

If the bags under your eyes are steep enough to earn you extra fees on a United flight, it's time to reach for these babies. The essence they're soaked in instantly improves elasticity and tightens the area so you look more wake fast

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