Korean Beauty | Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Skincare can feel like a lot of work sometimes and I understand why people would want to keep it simple. I have grown to love my 8-9 step skincare routine as it has not only become an essential part of skin upkeep, but a way for me to relax as I am ridiculously high strung and was recently told my by HR to basically "chill the F out" (very nicely of course!). Sleeping packs or sleeping masks are a bit of treat for the skin as they are usually thicker and absorb much more slowly than regular moisturizers. They are more well-known in Asian skincare and I am glad to see this type of product hitting the North American market.

Skin heals and renews itself at night which is where the idea of the sleeping mask was born. During the day, our skin goes through quite a bit of environmental stress which is evident when you look at your skin at the end of a long day! The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask* is an intensive moisturizing mask that promises to revitalize skin the next morning as if skin has had a "restful sleep". It also contains a few skin technologies like "Sleep-Tox" which makes skin appear rested and radiant and Sleepscent which is meant to relax the mind upon smelling. I don't know about the Sleep Tox, but the scent of this mask was certainly comforting.    

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Review

Though there are a number of interesting ingredients in this sleeping mask such as apricot fruit extract and evening primrose, I cannot get past the fact that there are quite a few silicone derivatives (in bold) in the formulation. Silicones play a major role in skin smoothness as it fills in fine lines and wrinkles giving skin a temporary boost of plumpness. So, yes this product will certainly do what it promises, but the effects are temporary and you will have to keep using the mask to maintain these results.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Review

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lysine Hcl, Magnesium Sulfate, Mannitol, Manganese Sulfate, Serine, Sucrose, Stearyl Behenate, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Zinc Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Threonine, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Pca, Histidine Hcl, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Review

The texture and scent are both quite nice with the texture being cooling and gel-like. As an experience, I enjoyed spreading this concoction on my face and inhaling the freshness of the scent. I would recommend using the little spatula that comes with this mask as the texture makes it challenging to scoop up. It's also a little bit more hygienic to have spatulas for pots of face products anyway especially if you have long nails like myself.

Final verdict: This all depends on what you are looking for when it comes to skincare. Do you want an insta-solution or one that takes time but is truly skin-deep? Let's say you have a red carpet event or a wedding and your skin just looks haggard. USE THIS. If you have some time and are truly looking for a way to boost your skin's moisture levels, a sleeping mask like this is a bandaid. A better solution will be a treatment or serum with hyaluronic acid. Preferably multi-molecular!

Find the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask at www.echoo.ca

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