The Ultimate Guide to Masks For All Your Skin Concerns

Take the guesswork out of choosing the right facial mask!
By Samantha Clerigo

Face masks rank very high up in every skin care fanatic’s must-have list. They’ve become quite popular around the world—especially in the Korean skin care scene—and is one of the easiest ways to pamper your skin after a long day at work. Plus, these wonder products are infused with powerful ingredients that help you address common skin problems without breaking the bank. 


But with so many masks available in the market today, it can get really tricky finding the right one for your skin. Thankfully, Soo’Ae
, an international brand that specializes in K-beauty skincare products, makes it easier to shop for what you need with targeted treatments for all sorts of woes. Whether you need a mask that banishes acne, lightens your dark spots, or controls signs of aging, there's something for you!

Want to know which mask is best for your skin type? Check out our picks below:


ACNE-PRONE SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Nature Collagen Essence Mask Tea Tree, P119


Acne or breakouts are caused by a number of reasons—from excessive oil production and clogged pores to exposure to pollution and even hormonal changes. When choosing a mask, check the labels for clarifying, anti-inflammatory, and exfoliating ingredients like tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, salicylic and glycolic acids. Better yet, try the
Soo'Ae Nature Collagen Essence Mask Tea Tree to target acne fast and control excess oil from your face. Bonus benefit: It also helps minimize enlarged pores. Pro tip: It’s best to wear the sheet mask before you sleep to give the ingredients time to really sink into your skin. 


Best Types of Masks to Use: Clay Mask, Sheet Mask, and Peel-off Mask


OILY SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask, P169


For people who suffer from oily skin, you can’t go wrong with charcoal masks. They’re ideal for giving your skin a quick detox, tightening pores, and absorbing excess oil from your face. The secret lies in the charcoal, which is known for its ability to draw out dirt and gunk from congested pores while also helping manage sebum production. Try the 
Soo'Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask, P169, a mud-like charcoal mask that cleanses, exfoliates, and unclogs pores. It also has tea tree ingredients that help deliver anti-inflammatory properties and prevent skin troubles.

Best Types of Masks to Use: Clay Mask, Charcoal Masks, Peel-Off Masks 


DRY SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask-Tube, P949

 

Dry or dehydrated skin calls for masks that are rich in moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E, hydrolyzed collagen, and hyaluronic acid, which improve your skin’s suppleness and moisture balance. You can quench your skin’s thirst with Soo'Ae Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask-Tube, which contains donkey milk, green tea extract, and Acer Saccharum Marshall extract to nourish and soften as you sleep. Use this as the last step of your p.m. routine and leave on overnight to allow the ingredients to work their ~magic~. 


Best Types of Masks to Use:
Cream Masks, Gel Masks, Hydrogel Masks


DARK SPOTS OR UNEVEN SKIN TONE



Try Soo'Ae Diamond Glow Peel Off Mask-Tube, P699


While sunscreens provide protection from pigmentation during the day, face masks can help heal and diminish existing dark spots by exfoliating skin and drenching it with brightening properties. Look for one that contains complexion-improving ingredients such as vitamin C, niacinamide, turmeric, and kojic acid. The Soo'Ae Diamond Glow Peel Off Mask-Tube is infused with nourishing niacinamide and fruit extracts to powerfully address hyperpigmentation, and also features diamond powder and botanical oils to 
detoxify for brighter and smoother-looking skin. 

Best Types of Masks to Use: Peel-off Masks, Exfoliating Masks


DULL OR ROUGH SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask-Tube, P699


Clogged pores and debris buildup are some of the main reasons why our faces feel so heavy, dull, and rough.
With all the dirt, sweat, and pollution accumulating on the surface of your face on a daily basis, it isn’t surprising that your skin will rebel and eventually break out. To manage this, a once- or twice-a-week exfoliating sesh—with a scrub or a peel-off mask—should be on your to-do list. For best results, use products with clay or charcoal, as they are highly effective in drawing out oil and dirt. Try the Soo'Ae Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask-Tube all over the face or just on problem areas, like the T-zone.

Best Types of Masks to Use: Charcoal Masks, Clay Masks


AGING SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Honey Propolis Essential Mask, P299



Try
Soo'Ae Revitalizing Rose Petal Sheet Mask, P299


Stress and prolonged sun exposure can take a serious toll on your skin, predisposing you to premature signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging, and dullness. While including anti-aging serums and moisturizers in your regimen is a good idea, you can also try using facial masks that are packed with youth-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and hydrolyzed collagen. The
Soo'Ae Honey Propolis Essential Mask and Soo'Ae Revitalizing Rose Petal Sheet Mask both work to rejuvenate the skin, making it more firm, healthy, and resilient. 


Best Types of Masks to Use:
Thermal Masks, Hydrogel Masks, Water Sleeping Masks, Vitamin C-Rich Masks 


SENSITIVE SKIN



Try Soo'Ae Glacier Water Moisture Plumping Mask, P229


Irritated skin can be caused by different types of agents or environments that your skin is exposed to every day—from makeup products to the unpredictable weather, down to the ingredients in your skin care products. That is why it is of utmost importance that you find the right facial mask that won’t agitate your skin and make things worse. It’s best to stay away from masks with salicylic acid or added fragrances, and instead opt for those with gentle ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and C, aloe vera, and other anti-inflammatory formulas. The
Soo'Ae Glacier Water Moisture Plumping Mask delivers deep moisture while cooling the skin, and helps in reducing inflammation and sensitivity. 


Best Types of Masks to Use:
Gel Masks, Hydrogel Masks, Sheet Masks

 

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