The cherry on top of an ideal skincare routine? A great face mask, of course. And there’s no one who understands this concept quite like the Japanese.
After all, there’s a reason why Japanese face masks are one of the top-selling items among tourists. Not only are they beneficial to your skin, they usually come in the convenient sheet mask type, are (mostly) affordable, and come in the cutest packaging.
Looking to invest in the best Japanese face masks? Well, Daily Vanity has done your homework for you. Here are 27 of the best Japanese face masks you should get in 2023 – we have something for every skin type!
Want more mask recommendations? Check out the winners of Best Facial Masks at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2023!
Best Japanese face masks for dry skin
Lululun Face Mask (Blue)
Formulated for intensive moisture care, the Lululun Face Mask (Blue) is definitely a top contender for one of the best Japanese face masks out there, especially if your skin is in need of some quenching.
It effectively boosts hydration and moisture levels, is suitable for daily use, and can be found in most Japanese convenience stores. Sounds like a triple threat to us!
Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Mask
Intense and instant hydration? That’s what you’re going to get with the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Mask.
Not only does this fantastic Japanese sheet mask leave dry, parched skin feeling soft and supple, but it is also free of alcohol, mineral oils, and fragrances, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin as well.
MINON Amino Moist’s Moist Essential Mask
Containing a staggering nine types of amino acids and two types of clarifying amino acids, it’s no surprise that the MINON Amino Moist’s Moist Essential Mask is known to be one of the best Japanese face masks out there.
Intense moisturising and hydrating properties aside, this sheet mask also helps support the barrier function of the skin, strengthening it and thus retaining moisture better.
Barrier Repair Moist Facial Mask
Containing skin-nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and lipids, the Barrier Repair Moist Facial Mask is great for those with dry, sensitive skin who need a fast pampering session after a long day at work.
The effects of this Japanese face mask are supposedly apparent after just 15 minutes of use, leaving users with soft, supple, and distinctly moisturised skin.
Alface Diamond Moisture Aqua Moisture Sheet Mask
Known to be one of the best Japanese face masks out there, the Alface Diamond Moisture Aqua Moisture Sheet Mask contains an impressive 17 amino acids, 14 plant extracts, and hyaluronic acid to keep skin feeling moisturised and supple all day long.
It is also gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin, too!
Alface Diamond Moisture Aqua Moisture Sheet Mask retails for about S$15.30 at Kokoro Japan Store (pack of five).
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Of course, we couldn’t leave out this best-selling face mask from famous Japanese skincare brand SK-II.
Each individually packaged mask is soaked with 30ml of toner rich in SK-II’s signature ingredient, a fermented yeast extract called pitera gives users revitalised and dewy skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is available from Sephora stores and website, as well as SK-II counters at S$148 for a pack of six. It also retails at Kokoro Japan Store at about S$104.81 for a pack of six.
Quality 1st All in One Daily Face Mask
This Japanese sheet mask boasts of a thicker mask material (they claim to be 30% thicker than most other brands’) and contains no preservatives.
This product contains 35 beauty ingredients, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, to help hydrate skin deeply. Its alcohol-free, mineral oil-free, and fragrance-free formula makes it great for those with sensitive skin.
Flowfushi Saisei Sheet Mask Lip Zone
Each pack include two sheet masks to target specific areas on your skin that you’d like to take extra care of.
Its ultrafine “seisei” mask material offers snug contact to your skin, while its unique formula is infused with lactic acid to improve your skin’s health.
What most people love about this sheet mask is how it is designed to cover your lips, so it can also treat dryness on the lips and around the mouth.
Best Japanese face masks for acne-prone skin
KOSE Cosmeport 8eauty Skin Soothing Mask
KOSE Cosmeport’s new mask series reverses eight hours of damage in just eight minutes!
For the perfect glowy, glass-skin effect, this Japanese face mask features CICA extract for soothing moisture care. It also helps to calm irritated skin while reducing facial redness.
Saborino Morning Face Mask Minty Grapefruit
A mask that you only have to use for one minute to see visible results?! Nope, you’re not reading that wrong.
The Saborino Morning Face Mask Minty Grapefruit cleanses, tones, and moisturises… all in one minute. Packed with skin-nourishing ingredients, this Japanese sheet mask is meant to be used primarily in the morning as a quick pick-me-up before you head out for the day.
Use it to soothe red, irritated skin and start your day right!
Kose Cosmeport Clear Turn Black Sheet Mask
All around smoother, brighter, and clearer skin, with less visible pores? No wonder the Kose Cosmeport Clear Turn Black Sheet Mask is considered one of the best Japanese face masks for acne-prone skin.
Formulated with a unique soy milk and oriental herbal blend, it also brightens your skin and improves overall skin texture.
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DHC Bio Cellulose Mask
Looking for a mask to soothe and brighten your skin? Then the DHC Bio Cellulose Mask is the one for you.
Fermented coconut water and neem leaf help to calm irritated skin while hydrating amino acids provide much-needed moisture to quench dry skin and give you a healthier complexion.
DHC Bio Cellulose Mask (pack of three) retails for S$38.79 at Amazon.
Senka Perfect Aqua White Soothing White Mask
It’s no secret that Aloe Vera is a great ingredient for calming irritable, acne-prone skin.
This face mask from Senka is further upgraded with Noibara Essence, which is slated to help remove traces of UV damage.
One of the best Japanese face masks out there? No doubt about it.
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Kose Cosmeport Princess Veil Pure White Mask
A 5-in-1 mask that acts as a lotion, serum, moisturising milk, face cream, and mask, the Kose Cosmeport Princess Veil Pure White Mask certainly does a lot more than just brighten and clarify skin.
Acknowledged to be one of the best Japanese face masks out there, it’s no surprise that locals love how much of a time saver this is, with it proving to be especially effective for those with sun-damaged skin.
ReFa High Tension Mask
This Japanese sheet mask covers both the neck and the face and delivers three layers of moisturising ingredients at the same time – very impressive!
This sheet mask helps skin look firmer, more supple, and more elastic. With a unique double-hook design that attaches the mask to the ears, the sheet mask offers a snug fit so that it will not fall off easily and allow skincare ingredients to penetrate more deeply.
ReFa High Tension Mask is available at Beautylish at about S$87.23 for a pack of four sheets.
Japan Gals Pure 5 Premium Whitening Essence Mask
Containing high-quality skin-brightening ingredients such as placenta protein and licorice extract, the Japan Gals Pure 5 Premium Whitening Essence Mask is also formulated with lots of skin-nourishing ingredients, such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and collagen to hydrate and fight signs of ageing for your skin.
Rohto Melano CC Intensive Repair Face Mask
Vitamin C is the star of the show when it comes to the Rohto Melano CC Intensive Repair Face Mask.
Specially formulated so it is highly penetrable, the Vitamin C goes right down to the cells to fade dark spots and acne scars, thus evening out your skin tone and brightening it.
It even helps to control the production of melanin, leading to a reduced rate of pigmentation occurrence.
Melano CC Intensive Repair Face Mask retails for S$15.05 instead of S$20.10 at Shopee.
Pure Smile Essence Face Mask
Offering intense moisture and a refreshing sensation, this sheet mask from Japanese beauty brand Pure Smile is bound to give your skin its much-needed perk-me-up.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, collagen, and Q10, those who have tried it said the product helps their skin look brighter and more awake after application.
Pure Smile Essence Face Mask retails for about S$9.93 at Kokoro Japan Store.
HABA Revitalizing Moisture Mask
This ageing care mask is infused with nano-sized capsules, each containing a huge amount of serum, to help firm, plump, and moisturise skin.
The special formula includes “3D collagen”, a technology that lifts the appearance of skin. In fact, those who have tried this swear by a “firmed up” sensation right after application.
Use it regularly and you’ll find your skin looking less tired and signs of ageing are prevented from forming.
HABA Revitalizing Moisture Mask retails for S$58 and is available at Lazada.
Japan Gals My Day Mask
This is a one-minute morning mask designed to give your skin a fresh glow right at the start of the day. Use it right before you apply your makeup and you’ll find that foundation adheres better and goes on more smoothly.
Even if you’re not applying any makeup, this is a quick fix if you want to have a simpler skincare routine. Simply cleanse, tone, apply the mask, and then moisturise – and you’re good to go.
Bonus: This also has a refreshing citrus scent to perk up your morning.
Japan Gals My Day Mask retails for S$11.80 instead of S$13.90 at Lazada for a pack of 30 sheets.
Best Japanese face masks for oily skin
Utena Puresa Sheet Mask Rose Extract
Type ‘best Japanese face masks’ into Google and the Utena Puresa Sheet Mask in Rose Extract is sure to be one of the top few results.
Infused with rose extract and hyaluronic acid — both of which are great ingredients for oily and sensitive skin, considering their astringent and anti-bacterial properties — it also contains no alcohol or artificial colours, making it safe for use even if you have highly reactive skin.
The Utena Puresa Sheet Mask In Rose Extract is available at Kokoro Japan Store at about S$8.71 for 5 sheets.
Hadabisei Advanced Penetrating 3D Face Mask Super Suppleness
A winning combination of lemon extract and hyaluronic acid makes this Japanese mask ideal for those with oily skin types.
Users love how this sheet mask gives them dewy, supple skin almost immediately after use, with the 3D structure covering a wider surface area of your skin compared to normal masks out there.
It’s no surprise that it’s one of the best Japanese face masks out there, really.
Keana Nadeshiko Rice Mask
Made from rice harvested in Japan, Keana Nadeshiko Rice Mask minimises the look of enlarged pores while nourishing your skin with the nutrients from rice.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the J-beauty phenomenon of mochi skin, you must try this holy grail face mask from Japan.
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Hada Labo Kotojyun Platinium Moist Mask
Other than being named the “Best Hydrating Mask” in the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2023, this high-penetrating serum mask boasts to lend you soft, smooth, and supple skin.
This beauty booster is infused with four types of hyaluronic acid that reduces fine lines and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier.
Hada Labo Kotojyun Platinium Moist Mask (pack of six) retails for S$25.65 instead of S$30.20 at Shopee.
Premium PUReSA Jelly Golden Jelly Mask Royal Jelly
This golden jelly mask is made to give you a luxurious masking experience without a hefty price tag!
Combined with two types of royal jelly for anti-ageing care, each mask has 33g of “beauty liquid” to soften your skin.
There’s also a Collagen option to achieve firm and vibrant skin and a Hyaluronic Acid option for soft and moist skin.
Premium PUReSA Jelly Golden Jelly Mask Royal Jelly (pack of three) retails for S$12.90 at Shopee.
Hadabisei Moisture Penetration Mask, Tightening
Hadabisei’s masks are specially made for mature skin, helping to boost hydration levels and plumping up the skin too.
This tightening mask features ceramide to moisturise and a blend of natural minerals like hot spring water for firming the skin.
There are also three other variations for more specific skin concerns: Whitening, Acne Care, and Super Moist.
Hadabisei Moisture Penetration Mask, Tightening (pack of four) retails for S$20.98 instead of S$23.58 at Shopee.
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask
This coconut-enriched mask boosts skin moisture to lend you a luminous complexion. Its powerful active ingredients can quickly saturate your skin to plump away the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
There’s also natural hyaluronic acid to firm and lift the face. And, fun fact, one mask is distilled from one entire coconut, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth out of this Tatcha mask!
Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask (pack of four) retails for S$158 at Sephora.
Want more mask recommendations? Check out the winners of Best Facial Masks at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2023!
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