“You are what you eat” is one of the cardinal principles of Korean skincare. Not many people know it, but the Koreans have always believed that food is the best medicine for the skin and, therefore, for centuries have been looking at the kitchen table for inspiration and aid to moisturize their skin, treat their blemishes and achieve a glowy complexion. As the connection between nutrition and healthy skin is becoming more widespread, food ingredients are now making their way into more and more skincare products. Needless to say, Korean skincare is leading the way with a vast array of sheet masks made with powerful superfoods that can fix most skin woes from the inside out. Below are my favourite Korean sheet masks with superfoods:
1. SKINFOOD BEAUTY IN A FOOD RICE MASK SHEET
In the past, when Korean women cooked rice, they never threw away the leftover water because they knew it was rich in vitamins and minerals that keep the skin healthy and glowing. Rice bran water is a rich source of inositol, a complex of B vitamins that slows down the aging process, preventing the premature appearance of wrinkles. On top of it, rice bran water also has moisturizing and brightening properties that banish dry skin and help fade dark spots. Luckily, today we don’t need to use the leftover water from rice because rice bran water is the key ingredient in plenty of skincare products, including Skinfood Beauty In A Food Rice Mask Sheet. This mask is also loaded with moisturizing shea butter and macadamia nut oil, making it suitable for dry skin. I use it whenever my skin is drier and duller than usual: within 15 minutes, my complexion has regained its soft, radiant appearance.
Where to buy: http://www.yesstyle.com
2. PAPA RECIPE BOMBEE HONEY MASK
Honey isn’t just the healthiest sweetener Mother Nature has put at your disposal. This golden nectar is also infused with nourishing nutrients that have plenty of benefits for your skin. To start with, honey is able to attract moisture from the environment into the skin and bind it in, keeping the complexion naturally soft and glowing. On top of it, honey is well-known for its antibacterial properties that speed up the healing process and treat blemishes. Last but not least, honey is a rich source of antioxidants, the little molecules that destroy the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles. I love getting my honey fix from Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask because it also features another present from the little industrious bees: propolis. Also known as “bee penicillin”, propolis is an absolute must for oilier skin types because its antibacterial properties help banish pimples. Every time I get a blemish, I pop this sheet mask on: not only it helps my skin clear up faster, but it also gives my whole face a plump look and a luminous glow!
Where to buy: http://www.yesstyle.com
3. SKINFOOD EVERY DAY SUPER NUT FACIAL MASK SHEET
Nuts are an underrated superfood, which is a shame because these little treats are a delicious snack that helps you keep your complexion young and glowing. Nuts are high in omega-3, a type of healthy fats that deeply moisturize the complexion from within. On top of it, nuts are packed with vitamins, including A, C and E that fight wrinkle-inducing free radicals and promote the production of skin-firming collagen. Like this wasn’t enough, nuts also contain zinc, a mineral that regulates the production of sebum and helps treat blemishes. I am nuts for Skinfood Every Day Super Nut Facial Mask Sheet because it contains a whopping 5 different types of nuts extracts – the most I’ve ever seen in any skincare product so far. It’s no wonder that every time I use it, my skin is as soft as a baby’s and looks a lot smoother, too!
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
4. SALLY’S BOX LOVE RECIPE BROCCOLI MASK
Broccoli is one of those vegetables that our mothers forced us to eat when we were little children, but now that we’re all grown up this superfood has found its way into our skincare products as well. I am very pleased with this development because broccoli is one of most powerful antioxidants found in the kitchen: not only it fights free radicals, but it also acts as a mild sunscreen to boost your natural sun protection. What’s more, broccoli is rich in fatty acids, which intensely moisturize skin and give it a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Lately, I’ve started using Sally’s Box Love Recipe Broccoli Mask and have been very happy with its results: I put it on before going to bed and when I wake up in the morning, my complexion looks fresh and glowy – even if I have barely slept a wink!
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/
5. SKINFOOD BEAUTY IN A FOOD LEMON SHEET MASK
Not many people know this, but lemon is a natural remedy against dark spots. The natural acids in lemon act as an exfoliant, removing the damaged, dark skin cells on the surface of the skin and exposing the newer, brighter, more-even toned ones that are lurking underneath. This process is effective at treating melasma, the dark discolouration popped pimples sometimes leave behind and the spots that appear on your skin after you’ve lingered too long in the sun without adequate sun protection. Skinfood Beauty In A Food Sheet Mask is an absolute must for me in the summer when the risk of developing sun spots is higher than ever – I’m not going to take any chances! But treating dark spots is not all this sheet mask does: a 15-minute treatments also softens rough skin and revitalizes a dull complexion, giving it a youthful appearance.
Where to buy: https://skin18.com/