As skincare buffs, we wish we could spend our days wandering the world in search of the latest miracle serum, but most of the time we have to wait for the best products to find us. That’s why we’re fans of Peach and Lily, a blog and new online boutique that brings hard-to-find, best-selling beauty products from Korea and Japan to the US. This week, Alicia Yoon and Cindy Kim, the site’s co-founders, will be sharing their globetrotting experiences and dispensing their hard-earned wisdom.
One of Korea’s biggest beauty trends right now is paper face masks. They’re packed with tons of restorative ingredients like rosehip, walnut, acai berry, collagen, aloe, green tea—and the list goes on. Here’s the lowdown on why these disposable masks are so hot in Asia right now.
The What: These masks are for one-time use and should be applied after washing and toning. There are many different mask materials including everything from cotton, organic leaves, hydrogel—a sticky gel that clings to your face—and more. Each mask is steeped in a serum with key active ingredients. To use it, apply the mask to your face for 15-20 minutes, then peel off and voila! No washing or lotions needed after.
The Why: A little bit of pampering and a whole lotta relaxin’! I typically end up putting one of these on and then falling asleep. In the morning, the glow on my face is serious business. I love it.
This country is definitely loving its masks. Every which way we turn there are masks!
So the question remains: are these masks overrated or actually underused?
The Peach and Lily verdict…underused! These masks work. They’re formulated to deliver active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin where new cells are nourished. The reason that we love these masks is that it’s so easy to buy a la carte, and you can pick active ingredients that are tailored to your daily skincare needs.
For example, collagen serum will always be a staple in my skincare regimen. But there are days that I need aloe to soothe my complexion or a good dose of peptides to smooth my skin. These masks are like a quick dose of nourishment straight into your face. I started using them around three times a week and there is a marked difference. Plus the best? They’re pretty affordable, anywhere between $1 to $3 per mask, and cheaper if you buy in bulk.
Keep an eye out for the newest facial masks from Korea on the Peach and Lily site coming your way on Monday!