Cups are all the rage these days — snacks and food in cups are our specialty. But we aren’t the only ones dabbling in cups!
According to our friends at Glow Recipe, one of the latest trends in skincare comes in cups as well!
by Maggie Le
Rubber masks are a facial staple among celebrities and it’s been featured in dramas. At Korean spas, they are often used as the last step of a facial to soothe, calm, and smooth the skin.
The Glow Recipe team says it’s one of their favorite steps in personal facial rituals. It’s also a fun activity to do with your friends — even among the guys!
But how do they fit an entire mask in a cup? That’s where Lindsay’s one-time rubber masks come in. The rubber mask isn’t really rubber — it comes as a powder made of alginate (kelp extract), and all you have to do is mix water and apply the goop over your face. It congeals into a rubber-like texture after 10 to 15 minutes, and it peels away very easily.
As part of our #EatBeautiful campaign, we’ll be looking at the best foods and rubber masks — that come in cups!
Bibimbap Cup Rice
Bibimbap is one of the best Korean dishes out there. Rice with vegetables and a bit of meat, all mixed together with spicy pepper paste (gochujang) and a hint of sesame oil is absolute perfection.
It’s now available in a perfectly-sized cup that leaves you satisfied just enough to fix your craving. Our SnackFever Family loved this item in their boxes!
Like bibimbap, the Vitamin Rubber Mask is infused with many different vitamins and ingredients to brighten and renew your skin — most prominently, Vitamin C and niacinamide. There’s also Lactococcus Lactis, a probiotic that can soothe irritated skin.
They aren’t as tasty as the bibimbap ingredients, but hey, we’re not eating these masks!
Most traditional Korean cuisine consists primarily of raw and organic ingredients, which are essential to a healthy life and body. One popular super food that has become a great alternative to flour noodles is the brilliantly green chlorella noodle.
Chlorella is an algae that is chock-full of nutrients, including a ton of chlorophyll, which explains the green color. It has long been known to boost one’s immune system, promoting hormonal and cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even help detox. Wow.
Koreans have begun using chlorella noodles in a variety of dishes, including konguksu (cold soy bean noodle) and bibimguksu (spicy mixed noodles). If you’re looking for chlorella in a cup, though, look no further than the Paldo Chlorella Cup Noodles! This is probably one of the most unique and, in our opinion, one of the tastiest ramyuns out there.
If chlorella noodles are a bit new for you, here’s something a bit more familiar for skincare.
Charcoal is an ingredient that’s been integrated into skin food for quite some time now.The Lindsay Charcoal Modeling Rubber Mask uses charcoal extract to clean pores, lift away impurities and soothe irritated skin. The charcoal acts as a magnet to dirt and oil, leaving you clean and fresh-faced.
Nothing beats a classic!
Jjawang Rice Cup
Speaking of new takes on classics, here’s a delicious cup option on the classic jjajangmyun! Black bean sauce noodles are an all-time favorite, and the sauce tastes just as good on rice.
The Jjawang rice cup is another perfectly-portioned dish (or a snack for our more hungry family members). Pair it with some fresh kimchi and danmugi (pickled radish) — it’s not the real thing, but it’s pretty dang close!
What exactly is Calendula? Also known as marigold, calendula is a flower that works wonders for acne-prone skin.
The Calendula extract in the mask is perfect for anti-inflammatory and healing. It also contains carotenoids, a powerful antioxidant. Talk about flower power!
Sometimes, you need a good recovery soup, and boy, Koreans know their recovery soups.
Gomtang is the perfect comfort food to lift your spirits. The soup is prepared by steeping oxtail bones in water over low heat to create a rich and deep flavor. The milky white broth is full of nourishment that is said to promote strength and soothe your body. You can even this soup with a warm bowl of rice to create a delicious meal!
All that glitters is gold. And yes, the gold rubber mask has the real stuff!
This mineral-rich mask is popping up in all of the top Korean skin spas and quickly becoming the simplest way to feel like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
It contains colloidal gold extract (gold nanoparticles, they are a thing) to calm irritated skin and rejuvenate an exhausted, depleted complexion with a deep dose of hydration.
You can find the Lindsay Modeling Rubber Masks along with other awesome skincare and cosmetics products at Glow Recipe!