We are living in the golden age of face masks, haven’t you heard?
Ever since Korean beauty became a buzzword, the world’s face mask obsession has gradually reached a fever pitch over the past ten years. These days, not only do masks need to boast powerful results for at-home pampering seshes, they also need to dominate Instagram feeds: as a result, the world of beauty is continuously pushing the boundaries with quirky, unusual face mask inventions to blow the minds of their consumers.
Whether you’re partial to mud, cream or sheet masks — if you think you’ve used all the quirky face masks you can find, think again. Check out our list below for five of the weirdest and most popular Insta-worthy face masks, each loaded with supercharged ingredients that your skin will love.
Remember the obsession of nose pore strips, and how weirdly satisfying, even addictive, it can get to see all your sebum purged from your pores? One step beyond is Boscia’s Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask (HK$290 from Sephora). With its intriguing shiny latex appearance and jet black colour, it’s a godsend for those who are looking to beat uneven skin for a clear, youthful complexion. This mask works to reduce the look of fine lines, absorbing excess oil and removing impurities with all-natural ingredients including Montmorillonte Clay, Pine Bark Extract, and Vitamin C. The result? Glowing, nourished, pore-free skin with no excessive oil. However, this mask is not suitable for sensitive skin or those with severe acne, as peeling it off may cause severe damage.
Glitter is having its moment in everything, including skincare. Back in December, Glamglow debuted the black, gooey glitter mask filled with tiny holographic silver stars (HK$490 from Glamglow).These glitter masks contain the same skin-firming, peel-off formula as the renowned GravityMud, but dusted with a little pony magic for those kids at heart who want a little glitziness to their routine. The formula contains a combination of liquorice and marshmallow leaf which will leave your skin looking more firm and contoured. We recommend applying it right before your regular makeup routine for a flawless and extra glamorous finish.
The beauty benefits of gold have been used and touted since ancient times. In fact, gold is known to help renew cells within the basal layer, improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and give skin a more youthful appearance. Treat yourself with Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask (HK$640 from Harvey Nichols), infused with pure 24k gold and colloidal gold. We love this mask because it goes a step further to help boost firmness and restore the skin’s natural luminous glow, perfecting your skin like a fine jewel.
Loved by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask (HK$450 from Harvey Nichols) allows you to harness the power of hyaluronic acid, which gives our skin an instantly visible plumping effect, and also brightens and firms for a younger-looking complexion. This so-called “dragon’s blood” is less Game of Thrones-ey and actually refers to the sap derived from an Amazonian tree (the “sangre de drago”): the mask forms a unique ‘second skin’ which works to protect our skin from pollution, reduces irritation and redness.
While other unconventional masks are just fun to look at, this one by Korean brand Elizavecca (HK$111 from iHerb) is actually entertaining as you allow it to set — rendering your face into somewhat the likeness of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with its green bubbly texture. Despite the weird consistency, the mask is actually perfect for the current season as the humidity of spring sets in. As a cross between a clay and bubble mask, it works to tighten and tone our skin while removing excess sebum and dirt. Don’t be fooled with the cute packaging — these masks have amassed a cult following with more than 5,000 reviewers on Amazon waxing lyrical about its exceptional results. Be prepared for the bubbling up as you apply it, and get your camera ready!