Ever tried using a weird face mask? You know, the semi-scary ones with the likes of snail slime and bee venom infused into them? Well, I just tried four strange masks from South Korea, and I’m here to report what happened to my skin after using each one.

DAY 1: BARONESS SYN-AKE MASK

WHAT’S IN IT: Syn-ake peptide, a painless alternative to Botox
WHAT IT DOES: Minimizes wrinkles and tightens the skin
According to my research, Syn-ake peptide is a wrinkle-fighting chemical that mimics the effect of snake venom. Specifically, it “replicates part of the venom of the Malaysian Temple Viper,” which leaves a smoothening, Botox-like effect on the skin. Thus, this mask is perfect for aging faces!

The mask itself was packed with so much serum, enough for me to apply the leftovers on my neck, arms and legs. When I woke up, my face felt plump, smooth, and thoroughly moisturized!

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DAY 2: SNP BIRD’S NEST AQUA AMPOULE MASK

WHAT’S IN IT: Swiftlet nest extract, a traditional Chinese anti-aging medicine
WHAT IT DOES: Deeply moisturizes the skin and brightens the complexion
Having a Chinese background, I was aware that Eastern medicine practitioners use Bird’s Nest for a lot of things. This Korean Bird’s Nest mask was super soothing on the face. Like the Syn-ake mask, it also had so much leftover serum in the sleeve to apply on other parts of my body. I didn’t get any adverse reactions on my skin and, in fact, I noticed I looked slightly more radiant after use.

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DAY 3: DEARBERRY 4D SNAIL MASK SHEET

WHAT’S IN IT: Snail mucin, the miracle-working slime
WHAT IT DOES: Heals damaged skin and improves cellular turnover
This was a slightly different mask compared to the others as it came with ear straps! These wrapped the mask firmly around your face and prevented it from falling off while the snail slime was soaking into my skin.

While this mask was not overly saturated with serum (it dried more quickly than the others), it still made my skin look great the morning after. No sudden irritations, whatsoever, just a good skin day! Snail mucin is a cure-all for most skin ailments, including acne, inflammation, wrinkles, and sagging, so this came as no surprise.

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DAY 4: BEE VENOM COLLAGEN MASK

WHAT’S IN IT: Bee venom, nature’s skin-firming secret
WHAT IT DOES: Boosts collagen production and skin elasticity
I’m still in my twenties so my skin holds its own against gravity, but I figure, better sooner than later! Like the “snake venom” mask, this bee venom version is meant to counteract skin-aging and keep the skin plump. I loved how refreshed my face felt after using this! It was thoroughly moisturized a whole day after use and soft as a baby’s butt.

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I recommend experimenting with different face masks according to your skin type. South Korean face masks will always be my favorite not only because they’re fun and affordable, but also because they’re so unique!

Photos and video by Say Artillero