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What Is It:


The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX brings Sulwhasoo’s potent herbal ingredients and expertise together to give your skin instant clarity. Dead skin cells and impurities are whisked away at once with this gentle peel-off mask. Brighter skin will be revealed after just 20 minutes.
The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX treats and indulges skin with powerful antioxidants and botanical extracts like licorice, honeysuckle and peony root. Fine rich honey leaves skin silkier and softer than you ever thought possible. Spread this mask on like jelly and peel when dry. Pores are immediately cleared and minimized as all pollutants and impurities cling to the mask as it’s peeled away. The peel clears a direct path to your newest, freshest skin so that your serums and hydrators can penetrate more deeply and effectively. Additional botanicals like pine, Cnidium Officinale, and Angelica Acutiloba soothes and restores. You’ll marvel at your new brighter complexion and wonder why you waited so long to add this mask to your skincare arsenal.
See why Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX has been a staple in our own contributing editors’ routines for years!
“The Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask is somewhat of a cult favourite in the Korean skincare world. It’s a thick syrupy product that dries solid onto your skin. It sucks up impurities and excess oil, and takes them along with it once it’s peeled off.” — Coco Park, The Beauty Wolf
“After your 30 minutes is up, slowly peel away the mask from your face, starting from top to bottom. It should all come off in one peel, but if it doesn’t, the remaining bits of the mask easily come off with a bit of water. And then, BAM! Bright, smooth, clear, plump, skin! I’m not exactly sure how it works, but somehow, once you peel off the mask, it’s like you have a whole new set of skin. For me, there’s quite a visible difference immediately. My skin is smoother, brighter, and somehow slightly hydrated and plump. And unlike most masks where the effects are immediate, but don’t last, the Sulwhasoo mask results last until the next day. I always wake up the day after I use it and marvel at how smooth my skin looks. And if you’re looking for a holy shit my skin looks like it’s been airbrushed type of situation, use this mask on the same day you use the Overnight Vitalizing Mask. Thank me later.” — Sheryll Renata, The Wanderlust Project
Photo via The Wanderlust Project


Our insight:


If chemical and manual exfoliation is too harsh for your sensitive skin, try letting the gentle peel of Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX sweep away debris and dead skin once a week.


How to use:


Apply a thick layer all over the face. Let dry for 20-30 minutes, and then slowly peel the mask away, starting from top to bottom. Rinse away any remaining bits with warm water. Use 2-3 times a week.
Tip: it is recommended to use this peeling mask after your emulsion step! Simply peel away, don’t wash off the remnants, and continue with the rest of your routine—after all, you don’t want to wash off all of that goodness!


Ingredients:


AQUA/WATER/EAU, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, PEG-75, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EX- TRACT, OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA SEED EXTRACT, LILIUM TIGRINUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, RE- HMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ADENOPHORA ST- RICTA ROOT EXTRACT, LYCIUM CHINENSE ROOT EXTRACT, COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, ANGELICA TENUISSIMA ROOT EXTRACT, MEL/HONEY/MIEL, MEL/HONEY EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE MIEL, PORTULA- CA OLERACEA EXTRACT, LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT, BETA-GLU- CAN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, BENTONITE, CELLULOSE GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLY- CERIN, PROPANEDIOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM


Brand info:


This prestige beauty brand, focused on hanbang ingredients indigenous to Korea, is as highly respected in its native land as it is abroad. Proof? Locals say its Ginseng Cream is something you’d gift to a potential mother-in-law. In its earliest iteration, that ginseng cream was what launched Sulwhasoo over 50 years ago. While helping his mother’s camellia oil business, Sulwhasoo founder Suh Sung-whan came to appreciate the power of traditional Korean herbs. Working with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine to blend traditional Korean medicinal herbs and methods with science-backed research, Suh founded the company that would become Sulwhasoo in 1966. All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are meticulously cultivated in AmorePacific’s herb farm, from the saponin-rich ginseng to white lily to East Indian lotus. Its signature formula of jaumdan, which consists of five potent herbs, targets the body’s Yin energy to fight dryness, dark spots, and inflammation. In 2004, Sulwhasoo became a best seller in Hong Kong, and in 2010, the prestige skincare line made its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman.


What Is It

What Is It:


The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX brings Sulwhasoo’s potent herbal ingredients and expertise together to give your skin instant clarity. Dead skin cells and impurities are whisked away at once with this gentle peel-off mask. Brighter skin will be revealed after just 20 minutes.
The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX treats and indulges skin with powerful antioxidants and botanical extracts like licorice, honeysuckle and peony root. Fine rich honey leaves skin silkier and softer than you ever thought possible. Spread this mask on like jelly and peel when dry. Pores are immediately cleared and minimized as all pollutants and impurities cling to the mask as it’s peeled away. The peel clears a direct path to your newest, freshest skin so that your serums and hydrators can penetrate more deeply and effectively. Additional botanicals like pine, Cnidium Officinale, and Angelica Acutiloba soothes and restores. You’ll marvel at your new brighter complexion and wonder why you waited so long to add this mask to your skincare arsenal.
See why Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX has been a staple in our own contributing editors’ routines for years!
“The Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask is somewhat of a cult favourite in the Korean skincare world. It’s a thick syrupy product that dries solid onto your skin. It sucks up impurities and excess oil, and takes them along with it once it’s peeled off.” — Coco Park, The Beauty Wolf
“After your 30 minutes is up, slowly peel away the mask from your face, starting from top to bottom. It should all come off in one peel, but if it doesn’t, the remaining bits of the mask easily come off with a bit of water. And then, BAM! Bright, smooth, clear, plump, skin! I’m not exactly sure how it works, but somehow, once you peel off the mask, it’s like you have a whole new set of skin. For me, there’s quite a visible difference immediately. My skin is smoother, brighter, and somehow slightly hydrated and plump. And unlike most masks where the effects are immediate, but don’t last, the Sulwhasoo mask results last until the next day. I always wake up the day after I use it and marvel at how smooth my skin looks. And if you’re looking for a holy shit my skin looks like it’s been airbrushed type of situation, use this mask on the same day you use the Overnight Vitalizing Mask. Thank me later.” — Sheryll Renata, The Wanderlust Project
Photo via The Wanderlust Project


Our insight

Our insight:


If chemical and manual exfoliation is too harsh for your sensitive skin, try letting the gentle peel of Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX sweep away debris and dead skin once a week.


How to use

How to use:


Apply a thick layer all over the face. Let dry for 20-30 minutes, and then slowly peel the mask away, starting from top to bottom. Rinse away any remaining bits with warm water. Use 2-3 times a week.
Tip: it is recommended to use this peeling mask after your emulsion step! Simply peel away, don’t wash off the remnants, and continue with the rest of your routine—after all, you don’t want to wash off all of that goodness!


Ingredients

Ingredients:


AQUA/WATER/EAU, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, PEG-75, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EX- TRACT, OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA SEED EXTRACT, LILIUM TIGRINUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, RE- HMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ADENOPHORA ST- RICTA ROOT EXTRACT, LYCIUM CHINENSE ROOT EXTRACT, COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, ANGELICA TENUISSIMA ROOT EXTRACT, MEL/HONEY/MIEL, MEL/HONEY EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE MIEL, PORTULA- CA OLERACEA EXTRACT, LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT, BETA-GLU- CAN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, BENTONITE, CELLULOSE GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLY- CERIN, PROPANEDIOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM


Brand info

Brand info:


This prestige beauty brand, focused on hanbang ingredients indigenous to Korea, is as highly respected in its native land as it is abroad. Proof? Locals say its Ginseng Cream is something you’d gift to a potential mother-in-law. In its earliest iteration, that ginseng cream was what launched Sulwhasoo over 50 years ago. While helping his mother’s camellia oil business, Sulwhasoo founder Suh Sung-whan came to appreciate the power of traditional Korean herbs. Working with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine to blend traditional Korean medicinal herbs and methods with science-backed research, Suh founded the company that would become Sulwhasoo in 1966. All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are meticulously cultivated in AmorePacific’s herb farm, from the saponin-rich ginseng to white lily to East Indian lotus. Its signature formula of jaumdan, which consists of five potent herbs, targets the body’s Yin energy to fight dryness, dark spots, and inflammation. In 2004, Sulwhasoo became a best seller in Hong Kong, and in 2010, the prestige skincare line made its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman.


Beauty Expert Reviews 9

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beeboop

I was not expecting to like this product because I hate waiting for stuff like this to dry. I received a 50ml sample of it from my mom who had purchased a bunch of Sulwhasoo and had gotten a ton of samples. I followed the instructions and applied it after a toner and emulsion; this seemed super weird initially. About 20-30 minutes later, I peeled off the mask and was duly impressed. It looked like my skin had a filter put over it. Any pores or redness was gone and my skin looked smooth and bright. I just put on... Read more

signer

I've just received this in the mail, and I'm so excited to try it that I can hardly wait. I've also recived a new oil cleanser, toner, emulsion, serum, cream and sleeping pack. Actually I'm just realizing that I'm changing out over half my products, so I better take my time implementing them.
Anyway, my question is if you would recommend combining this mask with either chemical exfoliation, specifically the COSRX BHA power liquid, which I've been taking a break from for about 6 weeks because I felt over exfoliated, or a sheet mask afterwords to lock it all in?
I'm... Read more

sortofempty

I usually get the Overnight Vitalizing Mask from the same brand and use the two together! Tearing this off can be quite a pain (literally), so I usually put one or two layers of toner before putting this -> peel it off -> add the rest of my routine minus heavy creams -> put a layer of the Overnight Vitalizing Mask. Does wonders the next morning for me!

Actually those pimply things you mention sound like me purging after facials. I'd give it time to see if it stops appearing, but if it's super big and persists, maybe you should get... Read more

sortofempty

My GOD. The first time I peeled it off my horrid post-many-train-and-plane-ride-holiday face, I felt like I went for an instant face change. My pores looked smaller, pigmentations lightened, and I felt like a whole new person. This has converted me into an all-time Sulwhasoo fan. BRING IT ON!

llzz1992

used it once, was great peeled of without problem. great smell

thhl85

My first peeling mask ever and Im in LoOVEe. Feeling like when the mask came out, it peels away all the dirt, the imperfection on my face.

hchillin

I got this during the daily tap deal and wow what a game changer. It’s in a league of its own and isn’t really like any other peel off mask that painfully rip off all the baby hairs on your face and leave you feeling raw and exposed. This mask, which should be applied after serums and emulsion, smells kind of like burnt ginger candy and herbs. When you peel it off, it doesn’t feel like it’s stripping but wow the results are like the skin you strive for. Soft, plump, youthful glow, pure and lasting!! The next day my... Read more

Ruth Kim

I just received this mask last night and holy crap—this stuff is good. I applied after toner, essence/serum, and emulsion. The mask is quite thick and a bit difficult to spread on, and it can seem like you're not applying enough (I squeezed out about 3 dollops—next time I'll try to use less and see what happens). After 30 minutes or so, the mask dried and tightened into a very thin layer on my skin. I didn't think it would peel off in one fell swoop but it stayed in tact as I gently peeled it off my face. The... Read more

shmelon

Are you using a Sulwhasoo emulsion? I’m a little confused about order because I know Sulwhasoo says to apply their emulsion *before* serums, while most of the time you’d apply an emulsion after.

skincarefeed

You're supposed to use this AFTER emulsion. It is a bit difficult to apply due to the consistency, but the results are so worth it. You just have to trust that you applied enough, because it peels of without problems. I used it after a full routine with toner, essence, serum, a lil' sheet mask and an emulsion, and the mask just seems to lock it all in and skin absorbs everything leaving you with plump, moist skin. Don't wash it off after, that would be a shame with all the goodies just applied to your skin. It has... Read more

annapark

Whaaa? You're supposed to use this after emulsion? I do have to say, Sulwhasoo throws a giant wrench into the whole multi-step skincare system. They make it very specific to them, when to apply what. Not complaining 'cuz their products are pretty amazing. Wonder if @judechao ever used this.

leolouie

That's so strange that it's after the emulsion. Never have seen that before, but then again, Sulwhasoo does plenty of stuff that's extra af so it's not necessarily a surprise I suppose lol.

minnieme

Tried this mask once from a sample Alice sent. It was a thick consistency and a little sticky made it hard to spread the mask. In addition, there was a strong herbal scent even after cleansing with water and applying other fragrant creams. The peeling process was oddly satisfying and less painful than those charcoal peeling masks. it did leave the skin smoother and brighter.

skincarefeed

Aaaah, Angela, try using it after your emulsion step, to lock everything in (see above comment) and don't wash it off :) It's a HG mask for me.