I’ve rarely been one to spring for face masks. I love them as much as the next girl, but I’m not always convinced they make much of a difference in my skin or are worth all that goopy mess.

That is, until I tried beloved Korean beauty company Sulwhasoo’s brightening sheet masks—consider me a convert! The masks each spend two weeks fermenting in white ginseng, and by the time they make it to our faces, they’re a true experience.

Sulwhasoo Brightening Mask

Product: Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Mask

Price: $130 for a pack of 10 sheets

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How To Use It: Lay back with the mask on your face for 10-20 minutes and relax. When you’re ready to remove the mask, work the remaining serum into your skin rather than cleansing or wiping it off. Enjoy your beautified skin!

Results: These masks are incredibly refreshing. They smell very crisp and they tingle, so I can practically feel them actively improving my skin by the second. I feel like a whole new woman when I take them off. Try to avoid using them just before you have to leave the house, because the serum will leave your skin a bit shiny and oily for a few hours. They’re also pretty scary-looking when they’re on (after all, they mildly resemble a Jason mask.) Fear aside, the masks made my face radiant. Seriously. I felt as if I were glowing from within for the next few days.

I only wish they were less expensive. If the masks were sold individually rather than in packs of 10, they wouldn’t feel quite as pricey, but they’re definitely a splurge. Still, I find them to be almost tangibly calming, and as much as the cliche of an “at-home spa experience” is thrown around, this really does the job. I feel like I’m on vacation from the rest of the world for the few minutes the mask is on my face, even if I’m working or reading while I have it on. It’s a great ritual for relaxing when you’re feeling wound up or stressed!

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