7 Korean Face Masks That Will Give You "Glass Skin"


Lindsey Metrus

At Byrdie HQ, it's our MO to celebrate beauty from every corner of the world. The beauty customs of different cultures are unique and steeped in history, and by learning about them, we're able to expand our own perspectives (not to mention pick up a life-changing new tip or two). That's why we're proclaiming this week Global Beauty Week and paying special homage to women far and wide, from Thailand to Russia and beyond. Each day, we'll honor the beauty practices, trends, and traditions of our sisters around the globe—complex, intriguing, and versatile as they are. Enjoy!

You've heard of the 10-step Korean skincare routine, which is evidence enough that Korean women take their skincare very seriously. In some cases, though, 10 is a liberal number, considering many Korean women essentially spend seven steps on essence alone. Surely, K-skincare isn't for the faint of heart.

While we can't always muster up the strength to apply seven layers of essence (let alone wash our makeup off some nights), we can get on board with a good Korean face mask to help turn our skin's fate around. These formulas, whether in sheet or liquid form, are laden with enriching ingredients that give the culture's most sought-after translucent and even-toned "glass skin." The best part? You can put them on while you take care of other errands, forget about them, and then take them off when you're done. Easy.

To find out the best Korean face masks out there, we polled Charlotte Cho, the founder of Soko Glam, as well as compiled our tried-and-true favorites for your viewing pleasure. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!

What's your favorite Korean face mask? Please tell us below!