How the World Masks Face Masks Around the World

It’s like the world is hopelessly obsessed with face masks. Not only is every country famous for its own versions, they’re often introducing bizarre variations: Korea’s snail mucus and panda-face sheet masks are just a few examples. Whether you’re following ancestral traditions or embracing new technologies, you simply love your masks.

India: Every Indian woman has turmeric and gram flour on her face, and every kitchen is stocked with them. Mix a bit of sandalwood and rose water, and you have a mask that softens and brightens your skin. The only mandate with turmeric is to not overdo it to avoid the tint it leaves on your skin.

US: Americans are apparently focused on their pores and are always on the lookout for new blackhead solutions. And any mask with charcoal will top the list. Mix loose powder with water and apply. Your skin looks glowy and your pores will be clean and tight.

Morocco: Ghassoul clay is like a soap that’s full of minerals. Add rose water to the dry powder and there you go. You have an all-natural blackhead remover and skin softener that’s safe for the whole body, including your hair!

Japan: Moisture masks reign in Japan. Due to the humid weather, their skin tends to be dry, sousing a thick face cream to compensate under the sun is not a great idea. Hence sheet masks.

Russia: Russia’s masking culture includes a refrigerator raid: eggs, oats, dairy products, honey, local herbs, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and cucumbers!

Argentina: Everybody’s convinced that the mud there is infused with magic. In the north of Argentina, they scooped up the soil, apply it as a mask, and enjoy softer skin after 20 minutes, due to the mineral-rich mud.