Weird Korean Beauty Products: Dr. Jart + Rubber Face Masks

One of the highlights of my time in Korea has been the plethora of fabulous Korean cosmetics and skincare products that are available here. I’m all for trying weird and wonderful items and ingredients (Placenta face mask anyone?) so when I strolled into Olive Young and saw an array of creepy rubber faces staring back at me from the skin care aisle, I was instantly intrigued.

Face masks are generally pretty affordable here – most of the major beauty stores sell sheet masks in packs of 10 for 10,000 Won (around $10!), but the Dr. Jart + Masks at 8,000 Won a pop come in a little more than the usual. This only added to my intrigue – what could be so great about this one? Was it more effective or just a marketing gimmick? I simply had to have it!

The Dr Jart + Rubber Mask comes in four varieties: The Moist Lover (lol!), The Firming Lover, The Bright Lover and The Clear Lover. I opted for the Firming Lover….

After cleansing, open the small ampoule pack and smear generously onto your face.
It had a pretty goopy consistency, but was made from a selection of berry extracts so it smelt pretty darn tasty.

Next, open the rubber mask, which comes in two halves and place onto your face to lock in the moisture. The rubber is slathered in seaweed and other marine plants so it feels like a nice, moist piece of luncheon meat that you’re placing on your face.
Once you’ve fixed in place, keep the mask on for 30 – 40 minutes.
The rubber is supposed to lock in the moisture, and stop it from evaporating, unlike the typical sheet masks you find in Korea. I could feel the rubber tighning on my face as time went on so it felt like it was working.

So, what do you say? I think Korean face masks really emphasise my natural beauty and don’t make me look like a Serial Killer that wears the skin of her victims AT ALL.


Part of the way through, the bottom half of the mask started to peel off my face, and I had to keep holding it down. In the end I just gave up and stuck with the top half of the Mask like I was the Legend of Zorro.

When the time’s up, peel off the rubber and gently pat the remaining moisture into your skin.

My skin felt pretty refreshed after I removed my Zorro mask, and waking up the next day it felt pretty smooth and delicious. Was it worth the price tag? Probably not. I’ve been experimenting with a heap of skincare products since I moved here and my skin has felt just as nice with the lower priced, typical sheet masks.

What do you say? Have you tried Korean rubber face masks? Do you think I look sexy?

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

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