ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

Masks have come a long way since the cu­cum­ber peel-off ones pop­u­lar at ’90s sleep­overs. South Korea, birth­place of the beauty-game-chang­ing sheet mask, con­tin­ues to be an in­no­va­tor and in­flu­encer. Rubber masks, like the an­tiox­i­dant- and fatty-acid-rich Lind­say Cool (Tea-Tree) Mod­el­ing Rubber Mask ($8.30), go on like a paste and then so­lid­ify. “They are par­tic­u­larly well loved in Korean spas for the in­tense hy­dra­tion and nour­ish­ment they de­liver,” says Ali­cia Yoon, founder of K-beauty (Korean skin­care) on­line store Peach & Lily, adding that the ban­dage-like layer the mask forms helps push in­gre­di­ents into the skin. The hyaluronic-acid-heavy Mi­zon In­ten­sive Skin Bar­rier Eye Gel Mask ($6.85) looks like a dis­guise a su­per­hero would wear—to save the world from de­hy­dra­tion. Stick-on Patchol­ogy FlashPatch Lip Gels ($60) prom­ise to soften and plump fine lines—and they’re fun to play with! TonyMoly Red Cheeks Girl’s Patch ($4.26) con­tains cu­cum­ber ex­tract to soothe flushed cheeks, ideal if your skin is prone to red­ness. If your skin is on the oily side, try Ben­e­fit POREfes­sional In­stant Wipe­out Mask ($42). It con­tains mushroom ex­tract to clar­ify pores; af­ter 10 min­utes, flip the mask over to ex­fo­li­ate. Sarah Chapman Spot Stickers ($40 for 16) con­tain sal­i­cylic acid to treat blem­ishes and grape-seed and soy oils to re­duce scar­ring. No time? Blithe Pat­ting Splash Mask ($67) will give you spa-day lev­els of ra­di­ance in 30 sec­onds thanks to nat­u­ral ex­fo­lia­tor lac­tic acid. For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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